Hanover community festival named for historical signifi cance, not date of origin

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BY TOM PARKER
 
History is sometimes left to the imagination to fi ll the blank spaces when newspaper clippings, historical centennials, personal diaries and other forms of reportage either fail to provide details or, what’s worse, introduce contradictions that bring the records into question. So it is with the annual Days of ’49 celebration in Hanover. The year the event was named for had nothing to do with its founding, rather it was the historical signifi cance of the date, the imagery it created in the mind and the imagination of the great California gold rush of 1849, when thousands upon thousands of men, many emigrants from Europe and South America, descended on Sutter’s Mill, a landmark movement which likewise corresponded to the westward expansion on the Oregon Trail. Hollenberg’s own claim to those twin movements were centered on its founder, Gerat Hollenberg, who at 25 years of age worked as a common laborer in the California mines before striking out for Australia and the South American tropics.
 
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