Recreating history at Deer Creek |

Recreating history at Deer Creek

Not satisfied with reading California history in books, fourth-graders at Deer Creek School convened in Nevada City recently to try their hand in activities done by the pioneers – such as gold-panning and making candles, ropes and butter.

The annual Gold Rush Days, celerated Friday at Pioneer Park, has been going on for 20 years, said Justine Jacus, a parent volunteer and one of the main organizers of the event.

“The fourth-graders have been studying California history all year,” Jacus said. “Now they are recreating what they have studied.”

One of the high points of the event was a story-telling session by local story-teller Rick Toles.

Students sat in a circle on benches and tables under the pines and listened wide-eyed to the stories Toles related about the area’s pioneers.

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