April 20, 1999 Gold Rush Historian J.S. Holliday to Discuss His New Book on June 10 at the Library

Press Contact: Yvonne French (202) 707-9191
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

J.S. Holliday, a popular lecturer and the author of Rush for Riches: Gold Fever and the Making of California (Oakland Museum of California and the University of California Press, 1999), will discuss his new book at the Library at 6 p.m. June 10 in the Mumford Room, on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. The talk is part of the Center for the Book's "Books & Beyond" author series. It is free and open to the public.

Mr. Holliday's book sets forth the epic story of the world's first gold rush from 1849 to the climactic year of 1884, when the U.S. District Court in San Francisco shut down hydraulic mining operations in the tributaries of the Yuba River. Rush for Riches includes nearly 250 illustrations, 100 in full color, that illuminate the author's narrative. They include daguerreotypes, photographs, paintings, lithographs, sketches, and maps drawn especially for the volume.

Mr. Holliday is director emeritus of the California Historical Society and former director of the Oakland Museum of California. He has appeared in several television documentaries, including the PBS series "The West." He is also author of The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush Experience (1981).

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PR 99-055
ISSN 0731-3527