The Gold Rushers and the Buffalo Soldiers

Hey there, everyone! I’m back and eager to tell you all about my two projects for this summer. My first one will be about the history of the Klondike Gold Rush, what it was and the effects it had on our present day United States. The second will be a deeper look into the 24th Infantry of Buffalo Soldiers that were stationed up here in Skagway.

Creating programs is a pretty daunting task for me, as I’ve had few experiences with public speaking. The thought of standing in front of a group of complete strangers multiple times to act as the authority figure on the telling of specific events is terrifying. Weirdly, however, I’m looking forward to being able to develop this necessary skill via trial by fire.

The story of the Klondike Gold Rush is told in different forms throughout the park, by the museum, the park film or by other rangers’ talks of it. My goal is to create a retelling that stays true to the history but also captivates audience members. It won’t be easy, this is the first time I’ve had to write a public talk by myself, but I’m confident in my own abilities to learn quickly.

Finally, I will also have to create a program on the Buffalo Soldiers. Growing up, I had only ever heard mentions of them in history books, but never anything to in depth. I had no idea they were integral to the safety of National Parks, nor that they traveled so far up north. I know I will have so much to learn before I can completely do them justice, but I hope to shed some more light on these hidden voices of the gold rush.

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