Gold Rush Stories at the Mechanics’ Institute

Thursday Jul 06 2017   6:30 PM
Mechanics' Institute Library  57 Post St, San Francisco, CA  map

Gary Noy, author of Gold Rush Stories, will give a presentation featuring the seekers, dreamers, and scoundrels who made the California Gold Rush the biggest event of 1849. From tales of those who flocked from around the globe to California inspired by visions of gold, to the historical figures who made California what it is today, Noy will illuminate on brutality, tragedy, humor and prosperity as lived by those who experienced it.

Open to the public: $15 for non-members, free for members and friends of Heyday. Doors open at 6:00.

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Gary Noy

A Sierra Nevada native and current resident, Gary Noy taught history at Sierra College from 1987 until 2012. He founded the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and served as its director until his retirement. His previous titles include Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots, and Rogues (Heyday, 2014), which won the Gold Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, 2010), which he coedited, and Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Visit his website at