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Save the Emmanuel Church

Help us save the Emmanuel Church by making a donation today.

The Gold Discovery Park Association (GDPA), the cooperating association for Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, needs your help. The historic Emmanuel Church located in our park is in dire need of restoration. It was built in 1855 and is the first Episcopal Church built in California. Funeral services for James Marshall, the discoverer of gold, were held at the Emmanuel in 1885, and more than 1300 couples have been married there since the church was built.

Please help us save this piece of California history by making a monetary donation to the Save the Emmanuel fund.

The Emmanuel Church has been closed to visitors and weddings since 2015 because of dangerous building conditions. At that time, a building assessment placed the restoration cost at $2.3 million.

We are now reaching out to the community, and concerned citizens throughout the state to help us fund this restoration project.

On November 30, 2018, the Emmanuel took a turn for the worse; one of the spires on the bell tower was ripped off during a storm and became impaled in a neighboring yard. This was our wakeup call.

The Gold Discovery Park Association is spearheading a fundraising effort to raise the money needed to restore the Emmanuel Church. All money received will go toward the restoration of the church and other historic buildings in the park. 

Act now to save this vital piece of California history before it slips away.

Donations should be made out to the Gold Discovery Park Association (please note Emmanuel Church on the memo line), and mailed to:


Attn: Save the Emmanuel

PO Box 461

Coloma, CA  95613

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Emmanuel Belltower circa 2010

Emmanuel Belltower 2019

Emmanuel Church circa 2010

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