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Sacramento State: Redefine the Possible
Charles Martell Author Lecture: Lee E. Hollingsworth
The Friends of the Sacramento State Library invite you to join us for a book talk by Lee E. Hollingsworth, author of A Gold Rush Tragedy: The George Hollingsworth Letters. Based upon personal letters from George Hollingsworth to his wife, Elizabeth, the book chronicles the allure of the Gold Rush and the universal desire to create a better life. This firsthand account gives readers a glimpse into the arduous journey across the United States and into the realities of life in the mid-1800s. The book creates a rich narrative around the hopes, dreams, sacrifices and the strength of character of those who headed west to strike a claim.

A Gold Rush Tragedy was a top ten finalist for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Award in history.

“A Gold Rush Tragedy describes one family’s history using extensive genealogical resources and other artifacts. Central to the study is the life and struggles of George Hollingsworth…the context of the gold rush and the hopes and dreams of a family come together to illuminate an important time in U.S. history.” – Review, Benjamin Franklin Awards

To request reasonable accommodations such as ASL interpretation or live captioning, please contact Maria Ramirez (916) 278-5954 at least five (5) business days in advance of the event or as soon as possible.

Feb 16, 2023 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Lee E. Hollingsworth
Lee Hollingsworth is a Placerville, CA-based author who found 38 letters written by an ancestor in the San Francisco Historical Society archives. What began as a project to transcribe the letters turned into historical research on the areas where George Hollingsworth lived and the scenarios surrounding his life. Lee wrote and published “A Gold Rush Tragedy: The George Hollingsworth Letters” about the years 1850-1854 in the Golden State. Lee has bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Natural Sciences but has a lifelong love of history and genealogy. He is a member of the American Historical Association. Lee is currently working on writing two more books on the Gila Trail to California and Medieval England.