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Schenk's Library Portal: Lawrence's Historical Research

The Schenk Elementary library portal for the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad Links

National Geographic Site



Scholastic Interactive Site


The Milton House---Underground Railroad Station in Wisconsin

The California Gold Rush

Video from Discovery Education

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Other Great Websites:

  • Gold Rush!

  • Investigate the art, artifacts, and people who were affected by the Gold Rush at this site from the Oakland Museum of California, which boasts primary documents and curricular materials.

  • The Gold Rush

  • This companion site to the PBS film The Gold Rush includes a transcript of the film, along with a variety of related resources. The site includes maps, a timeline, book lists, a teacher's guide to the film, and other resources.

  • San Francisco-Gold Rush

  • This collection includes reports from witnesses to the Gold Rush, including John Sutter himself, plus stories from pioneer women, newspaper stories, and additional historical information.

  • Way Back: Gold Rush!

  • This site from PBS Kids offers information about the Gold Rush, written for kids, as well as an interview with a Gold Rush expert and interactive activities.

Primary Sources:  Letters