On January 24, 1848, a young carpenter made a discovery that changed the course of American history ~ he found tiny nuggets of gold in a California river. In the years that followed, tens of thousands of people made their way to California, trading the comfortable life they knew elsewhere for the hope of striking it rich in this rough and unsettled territory. Some were successful. Many failed. Most stayed, establishing a new state with a reputation for tenacity and an independent spirit. What’s the Rush? features rarely seen artifacts from our archives, amassed and maintained by The Society of California Pioneers since 1850, to teach students about this important chapter in California’s history.
The Society of California Pioneers offers free museum education programs that illuminate and honor the diverse experiences of those who came before us. Programs can be adapted to the age, interests and special needs of any group, giving students equal and direct access to the primary sources in our collection.
Pioneer Hall at The Presidio is centrally located on the Main Post, near other educational and recreational opportunities that enrich and expand the experience of park visitors. Our hour-long education programs are designed to stand alone as a meaningful and interactive experience; they can also serve as one part of a full-day Presidio experience.
Advance reservations are required. Contact John Hogan for more information or to schedule your visit to Pioneer Hall at The Presidio:
The Society of California Pioneers
101 Montgomery, The Presidio of San Francisco 94129
(between The Officers’ Club and The Disney Family Museum)
(415) 957-1849 ext. 120