Training Refresher


MGDSHP Docents and Volunteers!

Bone up on gold rush history and meet our newest recruits.


You are cordially invited to attend any of the upcoming docent training session to sharpen your interpretation skills and/or refresh your knowledge of Coloma and Gold Rush history. This is also an excellent opportunity to get to know our newest docents.


Following are the topics being covered. If you would like to attend any of these session, please email or call (530) 622-1048.


Thursday, January 25   5:30-8 p.m.

  • Timeline of events surrounding Gold Discovery

  • Background history leading up to Gold Discovery

    • Manifest Destiny

    • Sutter’s Fort

    • Mexican War

    • Mormon Battalion

  • Gold Discovery

    • Coloma Valley

    • James Marshall and Sutter's Mill

    • Mormon Workers

    • Wimmer Family

    • Story of the Gold Discovery

Saturday, January 27  5:30-8 p.m.

  • Eureka Program Training – panning, pokes, wagons ho

  • Lunch

  • Gold Discovery Tour

  • California Gold Rush

  • Placer Mining

Thursday, February 1   5:30-8 p.m.

  • Interpretation

  • Period Correctness

Thursday, February 8   5:30-8 p.m.

  • Cultures of Coloma

    • Nisenan/Miwok

    • African Americans

    • Latin Americans

    • Chinese

    • Europeans

Saturday, February 10  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • House tour

  • Lunch

  • Mining methods/geology

  • Period Appropriate Clothing

Thursday, February 15  5:30-8 p.m.

  • Growth and Decline of Coloma

  • Natural History of Coloma

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