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Intern Perspective | I'm like a Gold Rush Prospector - and you are too

by Nicole Neuman, Eiteljorg events intern | Mar 05, 2015
Eiteljorg gold spanish flat

Spanish Flat, ca. 1852
Photographer: Joseph B. Starkweather
Image courtesy of the California State Library, California History Room
This is just one of the historical images that will be featured in our new Gold! exhibit opening Mar. 7

What would you do to pursue a better life? What would you be willing to give up? The life of a gold prospector was one of uncertainty and sacrifice, but also of passion and determination. The newest exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum, Gold! Riches and Ruin, tells the stories of many of these fortune seekers and their search for gold during three historic gold rushes.

The more that I have learned about gold rushes and the people that participated in Nicole Neuman - gold events internthem, the more I can relate. I haven’t panned for any gold, but I can understand the drive these adventurers had. Truly anyone who has wanted something so bad that they have given up the comfort of stability for adventure can in some way relate. As a college student, I left home to earn a degree, all so that I could have the chance to discover my passions. My journey led me from Michigan to Indiana to Germany and back again, with many more places in between. I have grown as a result of my choices, both good and bad, met some incredible people, and I am learning what the "gold" is in my life.

Most recently I have been interning at the Eiteljorg. I am currently helping plan the opening party for the Gold! Riches and Ruin exhibit, happening on Mar. 6. The opening party will give everyone a little taste of that desire for gold without because we will be hosting a Gold Rush right here in Indy! Everyone will have the opportunity to tour the new exhibit, and try to find “gold” with the help of some of our very own ‘49ers. All attendees are eligible to win the Lika Behar 24K/Oxidized Silver Champagne Diamond at 0.27ct and Ruby at 2.14ct Drop Necklace by participating in the gold rush. An additional $20 will buy you the chance to pan for gold and possibly win a Nanis 18KY 7-8” 2 Chain Satin Bead & Satin Bead Station Bracelet. Both items were donated by G. Thrapp Jewelers and are valued over $2,000 each.      
Nicole Neuman - gold jewelry 1Nicole Neuman - gold jewelry necklace 2 My own project is a gold panning activity that will give interested attendees the opportunity to test their skills as prospectors. We will see who will find riches, and who will find only ruin.

In addition to these great activities, there will also be a hearty feast of chuck wagon delights and some drinks at the watering hole. And of course no party is complete without some music - everyone will be able to enjoy some bluegrass tunes. I hope to see you there!

The Gold! Riches and Ruin Opening Party and Gold Rush is on Mar. 6 at the Eiteljorg Museum.

To purchase tickets for the opening party, please visit:

For more information visit:!-riches-and-ruin

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