Over the next month or so, we’re going to borrow an idea from the film world. We’d like to share with you the background of our process as we worked on our new audio project. We’d love to have your comments and suggestions. Please join us in a conversation that still goes on about this most critical time in California’s history.
To get this process going, we thank Richard L. Dyer, a well-loved local historian and former instructor at Columbia College, Sonora, CA, in History of the American West. Mr. Dyer (or Dick, as we know him) is an Emeritus Faculty Member at Columbia, and is the founder of the college’s Oral History Program. He has also been instrumental in strengthening the Tuolumne County Historical Society and helping to preserve our rich Mother Lode heritage.
We gave Dick the gift of a Striking Up Gold Mountain CD, and asked for his input. He gave us permission to use some quotes for our reviews. Plus, he told me that it’d be all right to present the full text of his letter:
A fun side story: When my granddaughter, age 10, saw this letter, she said, “Wow, Paka! That was written on an old-fashioned typewriter!” My, oh, my! How times change, and so history is born. In this case, we have our Gold Rush History meeting the history and evolution of communication and technology! Thanks, Emilee, for that history lesson. 😉