The second of a three part summer historical Chautauqua series will be held Tuesday, August 9th, at 7:00 P.M. The series is titled “The Life and Times of Herman Frederick Ross”. The second episode, Gold…GOLD…GOLD!!! covers Shasta County between 1848 and 1852, the gold rush. This free event will be held on the Eaton House lawn.
A Chautauqua is a 19th and early 20th century American tradition of community gatherings for the purpose of education, community building and socialization. At the height of the Chautauqua movement, over 10,000 American communities hosted Chautauquas.
The first in the series covered the notable sea life of Herman Frederick Ross, a noted Swedish born early Shasta County settler. The second details life in Shasta County during the early stages of the gold rush. The third in the series will cover Shasta County from 1850 – 1901. The second Chautuaqua features a cameo by David Shoffner as Professor of Geology who will explain the presence of gold, and the size and disposition of the fortunes discovered in Shasta County.
The event is free, and open to the public. Refreshments, of course, are served.