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Gold! Riches and Ruin opens at the Eiteljorg Museum this Saturday

by User Not Found | Mar 05, 2015

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DeShong Perry Smitherman
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Gold! Riches and Ruin opens at the Eiteljorg Museum this Saturday
Shipwreck treasures, sparkling gold bars and jewelry you wish you had! Ooh, ahh and learn at a show exploring gold
and the glitter and greed attached to the desire to find it.


[Media tours, additional images and interviews available upon request]

WHO: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (Indianapolis)

WHAT: Gold! Riches and Ruin demonstrates how the hunt for gold in the West changed lives, transformed the demography of an entire region and had a profound impact on Native American populations. The show is rich in objects as well as tangible experiences for children and families:

  • SEE gold recovered from two shipwrecks – including the SS Islander, which sank off the coast of Alaska in 1901. This will be the first time these specimens will be seen in public.
  • MEET Belinda Mulrooney - one of the richest women in the Klondike at the turn of the 20th century, and hear about her adventures during the Yukon Klondike Gold Rush.
  • MARVEL at gold nuggets, crystallized gold, gold bars, gold jewelry and more.
  • DISCOVER the science behind how gold is found, the technology used to extract it and the impact mining has on the environment.
  • EXPERIENCE what it was like to pan for gold and use your discovery to “purchase” an item

WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9

Guests can tour the exhibit, search for “gold” and hear great music from New Augusta Blue Grass Band.

- Guests testing their skills in an Old West "Shoot Out"
- Guests panning for "gold"
- Guests hunting for "gold" inside the museum to win real gold jewelry
- Guests dressed like Gold Rush prospectors

WHERE:        Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN

Presenting sponsors of Gold! are Wells Fargo and Eli Lilly and Company Foundation with sponsorship support from Capital Group Companies and Barnes & Thornburg LLP.The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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