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As Precious as Gold

October 7, 1998 – September 9, 2002

Museum: Postal Museum

Location: Binding the Nation Gallery, Lower Level

A 42-ounce gold nugget, mining tools, maps, personal items, photographs, and a dog sled used to deliver the mail illustrate the story of the 1897-98 rush for gold in Alaska and the Klondike. The exhibition also highlights the role of the mail carriers who ensured that stampeders maintained contact with the outside world.

Online exhibition