Next Sunday, Jews of the Gold Rush
- Jews in the Gold Rush? Who Knew?
Sunday, February 21, 2010, 10 a.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
This presentation is an overview of the Jewish presence in the Gold Country from 1850 to 1900. Our very own Victoria Fisch will discuss the geography of the Mother Lode, and events in central Europe and California that coincided with the discovery of gold in 1849. She will explain how Jewish immigrants traveled here, where they settled, and describe their unique experience in this region.
While Victoria grew up in New York City, her mother told her tales of her childhood in San Francisco. In 1978 Victoria moved to the Bay Area, and began her to fill in the puzzle of her Western relatives. For the last 20 years she has undertaken genealogical projects for friends and clients, including supplying documentation to furnish proof of Jewish ancestry for aliyah. In early 2009, Avotaynu, a Jewish genealogical publisher, asked Victoria to write a chapter on Sacramento Jewry for a U.S. sourcebook. This led to a fascination with the history of the Jewish merchant pioneers of the Gold Rush and a desire to make their story widely known.
The program is set for 10 a.m., Sunday, February 21, at the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento. All are welcome to attend and to use the JGSS library collection. For more information about the JGSS, visit www.jgss.org, e-mail the JGSS at jgs_sacramento@... or leave a message at 916-486-0906 ext. 361.