Elementary school teachers from across the country are in the Sacramento area this week for five days of exploring and learning.

Thirty-six teachers will visit with nationally known historians as they tour historic sites from California's Gold Rush era. 

"We go to Coloma for the gold discovery site, and then we'll stop in Placerville so they can explore a gold rush boom town that survived," Sacramento City Historian Marcia Eymann said. 

Eymann says the trip allows the teachers a closer look at an event that will offer their students many lessons.

"It's a migrant story, it's the industrialization of the United States, it's the westward movement, it encapsulates all of those things that are essential to our national story," she said. 

A federal endowment grant given to Sac State and The Center for Sacramento History is making the week-long workshop possible.