by Jimi Hightower
I am a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.
I wrote an article for Inside NPS about an annual event organized by KLSE’s Friends Group and I thought I would share it with you lovely folks.
SEATTLE, WA: On July 17th, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit celebrated and shared its history with the community during the park’s second annual Legacy Day. The street fair was organized by Friends of the Klondike Corridor.
The event attracted 1,278 visitors, nearly a 60% increase from last year’s visitation. July 17th marked the day on which, in 1897, the first shipment of Yukon gold came into Seattle, thus, igniting dreams of easy riches among people around the world.
Sled dogs, scavenger hunts and salmon all lent to the event’s success. Several partners joined in to make Legacy Day a success, including the Northwest Dog Sled Adventure, WA Prospectors Mining Association, Old Time Photography, Holland America, Tourism Yukon, and Jasper’s BBQ Smokehouse. Entertainment was provided by 88 Keys, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, and a drama performance from Living Voices.
KLSE and their Canadian counterparts staffed booths at the event to share information on local parks and programs, including In My Backyard, a youth outreach program created by KLSE’s Ranger Kelsey Johnson. Young visitors were able to color, make buttons, earn junior ranger badges, and participate in a Ten Essentials Scavenger hunt set up in a tent.
KLSE and Friends of the Klondike Corridor plan on continuing this annual event in order to increase awareness of the park and to educate visitors about the history of the neighborhood and Seattle.