August 16

First major discovery of gold in Alaska, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush

August 16, 1896

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  • Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Metaphorical Gold: Mining the Gold Rush for Stories

    Explore the Alaskan Gold Rush by "mining" EDSITEment resources for primary texts and period photographs. Just as writer Jack London discovered "metaphorical gold" in the Yukon, students can search several online databases for period details that will enhance their own narratives based on the Gold Rush era.

T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) born

August 16, 1888