Jewish Cultural Society of Yukon to research Gold Rush history
$55,000 grant will help build a mobile display that will travel the country, says society president
The group that uncovered a small gold rush-era Jewish cemetery in Dawson City, almost two decades ago, has received money to do further research on the people buried there, as well as the influence the Jewish community had on the world outside of Dawson.
The Jewish Cultural Society of Yukon has received $55,000 from the Yukon government's Community Development Fund to document stories about the Jewish community in Dawson City at the time of the Klondike Gold Rush.
The information will be used to create a mobile display that will travel across Canada, says Rick Karp, president of the society.
"It's going to travel everywhere and hopefully bring a lot more people up here, from a tourism perspective, into Yukon," said Karp.
"It will point out to people that there was a Jewish influence in Canada beyond Montreal and Toronto and Winnipeg and the large cities," he said.
There were close to 200 Jews in the Yukon during the Gold Rush, says Karp, and seven people were buried at the cemetery, although many of them haven't been identified.
Karp says a lot of Jews, who spent time in Dawson City, had an impact elsewhere in North America when they returned home.
"A lot of people came up here, got a lot of wealth, went back to their communities and made a contribution," he said. "Some very serious donations were made because of the wealth created by the Gold Rush."