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NSN Storyteller Profile ... Linda Teigland Clark

Hardluck Lin

PO Box 766
Twain Harte, CA 95383

(209) 586-1577


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Hardluck Lin edu-tains young and the “older-than-young” alike with Tales of the California Gold Rush. While the stage may be a classroom, an amphitheater, or a lecture hall, the “telling” is done in the manner of those early California Argonauts who sat about campfires warming hands, drying britches, and sharing stories that would one day be memorialized as history, legend, or even as myth.

I grew up, a farmer's daughter, in a small community south of Mankato, Minnesota. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Mankato State University, I began traveling my life's path. While on this journey I have worn many hats: native Minnesotan, California transplant, high school teacher, junior college instructor, Deputy Sheriff, wife, mother, author, and gold rush historian.
My current hat is that of my Mother Lode Gold Rush living-history persona,
Storyteller Hardluck Lin: Teller of Tales, Spinner of Yarns, and Keeper of History.

My novel, THE SMALL WINDOW: THE STORY OF HARDLUCK'S BEGINNINGS, brings to life the reality of the Westward Movement, the people and times of the California Gold Rush, and one young woman's valiant saga for “arrival survival” for herself and her two younger siblings after they were orphaned in the Humboldt Sink. This work of historic fiction appeals to both young adult and mature adults readers. It is available at Amazon and other on-line vendors. http://www.hardlucklin.com/story.htm

Types of stories I tell:

California Gold Rush

I tell stories for:

All Ages

I provide workshops:


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School Districts I am cleared to work in:

I work with and in many public and private schools throughout N. CA. As a former deputy sheriff and in conjunction with my current work with schools, my fingerprints are on file with DOJ and CII.

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Organizations I belong to:

Tuolumne County Historical Society, Sonora, CA Tuolumne City Historical Society, Tuolumne, CA Calaveras County Historical Society and N. Mariposa County History Center