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Authors Explore the “Trail of 1858” for BC Day Weekend

Posted: July 22, 2008

Authors Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson explore the Trail of 1858 during the BC Day weekend. Forsythe and Dickson will be giving a slide show and talk about their bestselling book, The Trail of 1858: British Columbia’s Gold Rush Past at City Council, 410 Kinchant in Quesnel on Friday, August 1 at 7:30pm. This event is sponsored by the Quesnel & District Museum & Archives. The authors will also be appearing in Barkerville on Saturday, August 2. They will be doing a book signing at Eldorado Gold Panning & Souvenirs from 4-5:30pm and a slide show and talk at The Visitors Reception Centre (Upper Level) at 7pm.

In The Trail of 1858, CBC Radio BC Almanac host Mark Forsythe and co-author Greg Dickson augment their historical research with contributions from CBC listeners that give the gold rush story a personal, folksy feel. Making liberal use of historic photos, the authors celebrate memorable personalities from this epic time: the stern but sensible Judge Matthew Begbie; the peacemaking Chief Spintlum; Nam Sing, the first Chinese miner in the Cariboo; overlander Catherine Schubert; high-rolling miners Billy Barker and Cariboo Cameron; and a host of others. The Trail of 1858 is a combination of fact and memory of the colourful characters who helped form this province; it is a book from which history truly jumps.