The Gold Diggers’ Guild: Who are They?


            The Gold Diggers’ Guild was founded in April, 1977, to enhance, carry on, and promote the activities of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Their function, then and now, is both civic and social; they are non-political, non-sectarian, and non-profit in their policies and activities. With fundraising as one of the Guild’s primary purposes, since the Guild was founded they have donated approximately $400,000.00 to the Historical Society.
         Members assist the History Center with mailings and help with several Hanley Farm events, including: the Children's Heritage Fair and the spring Heritage Plant Sale; October Scarecrow Festival; Holiday Wreath-Making and Hanley House tours; and any other event needing volunteers. The ladies of the Gold Diggers’ Guild help make every event a joy to attend!
         Yearly, the Guild hosts their Founders Day Celebration, inviting founders and special guests to attend. Plans for this year’s 42nd Annual Founders Day are underway. The day will include a program presented by the Living History Players of Josephine County, “Suffragettes.” Last year the group presented a humorous and informative program, "Victorian Secrets," for women only. No men allowed!
         You won’t want to miss the Gold Diggers September 21 event! Every other year at Hanley Farm they held an event consisting of dinner, a silent auction and, sometimes, an oral auction. This year’s event has a new twist – GAMBLING! The western themed “Strike it Rich in the Wild, Wild West” includes a delicious full course, catered barbecue dinner; a silent auction; and Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette. What a great way to spend a Saturday evening!
         New members are welcome! When joining this special group of ladies you will know you are an integral, valuable part of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. Without the Gold Diggers, it would be difficult for the Society to continue to “do what they do.” They meet monthly, with the exception of July and August. The fun and and informative meetings are one of the Guild’s fundraisers and consist of a business meeting, lunch, and a program of a historical nature. The $10 “homemade” lunch is prepared by three or four Lunch Committee members, so meals are always different and delicious! To learn more about the Gold Diggers’ Guild, email Vicki Bryden at

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