Beginning 160 years ago, the Gold Rush was an important event in American history, having an enormous impact on migration, land development, the slavery debate, and the nation’s economy. Motivated by “gold fever,” many pioneers from western Massachusetts journeyed west, risking their lives for the possibility of striking it rich. Some played important roles in the development of
California; some returned to New England and built on their western adventures to achieve positions of stature and importance in our communities. At least nineteen Belchertown men went west in pursuit of their dreams.
The presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stone House Museum. Admission is $3 for members of the Belchertown Historical Association and $5 for non-members. Proceeds benefit the Belchertown Historical Association which preserves and promotes the history of Belchertown through the Stone House Museum and educational programs in the schools and community. For more information, or to reserve a seat, contact Marnie Henneman at (413) 323-5211.
California Gold Dust Bags from the collection of the Stone House Museum