Gold Discovery Park Association Mission Statement
The Gold Discovery Park Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the interpretation and conservation of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and works in conjunction with the state park to provide funding for the various projects and programs associated with the Park. It is our mission and goal to develop, encourage and enhance programs of the Park. The main purpose of the Gold Discovery Park Association is to raise funds to support and promote park programs and projects. The Association also works to keep it’s members, our docents / volunteers and others associated with the Park, informed and updated about news, changes, and other areas of interest. We are striving to improve communication with our volunteers as we work together in positive ways to improve every aspect of the workings of our Gold Discovery Park making it a great place to visit and interpret history!
The Gold Discovery Park Association is proud to serve as the cooperating association of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park supporting a variety of programs for children and adults as well as projects that help preserve historic buildings and maintain park facilities. This allows the Park to meet the Dept. of Parks & Recreation mission to provide visitors with top-quality educational experiences. Since 1982, the Gold Discovery Park Association has enhanced the life of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park by raising funds that are used exclusively for the benefit of this important Park. We are a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation that generates income through the Gold Rush Mercantile at the Park’s Visitors’ Center, fundraising and special events, grants and donations. Here are some of the ways the GDPA raises funds:
- GDPA Membership (Click here for membership form)
- The Gold Rush Mercantile Store
Gold Rush Mercantile Store
Maureen Brown, our store manager, has a real knack for stocking the shelves with all kinds of merchandise you miners are looking for! You’ll find children’s interpretive toys and games, T-Shirts, hand made jewelry, tons of amazing books, one of a kind items made in our own Blacksmith Shop. You can purchase ethnic items like Chinese coins, parasols,purses, figurines and more. We have gold rush clothing, hats, bonnets, raccoon skin caps, miner scenes, and many other gold rush era souvenirs! Believe me, there’s too much to list here, so you’re just going to have to come in and see for yourself . (Don’t forget…GDPA members receive 20% off in the Mercantile!) The Mercantile also “takes the show on the road” and often sets up a tent store at other venues like: Gold Rush Live and Sutter’s Fort! If there are any docents who want to participate, why just put on yer fancy clothes and contact Maureen to find out what events where we’ll be selling our goods. Phone: (530-344-1895) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eureka Program includes: