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The Legacy: Mining Practices Then and Now

Happy Holidays, Brisbin Crew!

Students have been exploring how Californians used technology to obtain gold in more efficient ways through many different mining practices.  These mining techniques each made impacts on the land as well as California’s economy, and students have gone on fieldwork to mines and met experts who have taught them about these practices.  Seeing working mines in action, students also have met teams members who have shared with them their specific jobs; at Teichert Mine we met the Mine Manager, Biologist, Geologist, Mining Engineer, and Equipment Operator. Continue reading The Legacy: Mining Practices Then and Now

The Outliers of the Gold Rush

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, October 14: Picture Re-takes and Make-ups
Friday, October 16: SELS Summit Day

Tuesday, October 20: Empire Mine Fieldwork
Wednesday, October 21: Minimum Day

October 23: Brisbin Crew Community Meeting
Friday, October 30: BEAR Walk
Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6: Goal Setting Conferences/Minimum Day Week


Coloma Photo

Our fall fieldwork overnights are complete!  The students have met amazing experts in the field, including one top historian of the Gold Rush who portrays James Marshall, and has been involved in over 70 documentaries covering the Gold Rush.  Students can not only describe in detail the 3 routes Argonauts and 49’ers took, which was our first case study content and learning targets, but they can also demonstrate knowledge about the various professions people capitalized on during this time period (The Outliers).  Students are working on an information piece that describes one aspect of the Gold Rush routes currently, as well as writing letters home explaining their experiences “out on the trail,” or “out on the ocean.” As we delve more into the second case study, students will learn about the entrepreneurs who used the Gold Rush as a professional tool outside of mining.

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