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
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,
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.
is suitable for elementary through adult audiences.
Usual program length is approximately 1 hour.
For booking information:
or call 206-497-0049
Write: 3607 Broadmoor Dr NE,
Tacoma, WA 98422