There was a time...  

 John Salicco 
Historical Impersonator, Writer and Musician


The 49er:
A Gold Run Musicianer
Time frame: 1850's

The Klondike
Tales of a Sourdough
Time Frame: 1898

The Banjo:
An American Gypsy
Time frame: 19th Century

  Jacques Portier:
Old Nor'Wester
Time frame: 1830's

The Great Depression:
How do you spell relief?
Time frame: 1930's


Story Telling


There was a time in History
 Seminar Series



The Klondike

This is a 50 minute one man presentation including the poetry of  Robert Service . 

The Klondike was the last of the great rushes for gold where individuals armed with only picks, shovels and their trusty pans could seek a fortune in a frontier wilderness.

In less than a year and a half, some 50,000 men and women brought up in the legal, political and social traditions of the American experience, found themselves living under a foreign flag and reluctantly complying with British law and a Canadian bureaucracy.

"There are strange things done in the midnight sun

By the men who moil for gold;

The Arctic trails have their secret tales

That would make your blood run cold;

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

But the queerest they ever did see

Was the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge

I cremated Sam McGee"


                                                              The Cremation of Sam McGee, Robert Service


This was the time of Soapy Smith, Sam Steel, Klondike Kate and Big Alex McDonald.  The Klondike transformed the Canadian West and put Puget Sound on the map.  It made Seattle and from that time forward, the "Emerald City"  became the gateway to Alaska.




With the arrival of the Klondike millionaires on the steamer Portland in July, 1897, Seattle would be transformed to the primary port city of the Puget Sound.


John tells the story of the Klondike from the perspective of a Sourdough who returns to Washington after 2 years of moiling for gold in the Klondike.  Born and raised in Canada, John provides a unique Canadian viewpoint to story.



This presentation is suitable for elementary through adult audiences.



Usual program length is approximately 1 hour.

For booking information:

email or call 206-497-0049
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE, Tacoma, WA  98422











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