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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through spring 2015
Register now for the John C. Frémont Symposium, July 25-26--a gathering of top Frémont scholars and authors from around the world, offering lectures and a panel discussion at the museum with closing dinner and entertainment in the Nevada Room at the Governor's Mansion. Registration fee: $100 (payable to the Nevada State Museum) includes morning refreshments, Friday lunch, and Saturday dinner at the Governor's Mansion; for guests who wish to attend only the Saturday night dinner, the cost is $40. Hurry! Registration has been extended to July 11. Click here for the registration form. Click here for the program agenda.
Here are a few abstracts for a sneak preview of what to expect at the symposium:
Andrew Menard will speak on Frémont and the Art of Seeing.
FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES
The theme for 2014 is exploration! Scroll down for a preview of upcoming 2014 lectures and special events (subject to change):
July 24, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Frémont: Finding the Path, one person theatrical presentation of Frémont after his famous 2nd Expedition drawn from field reports and personal reflections by actor Alastair Morley Jaques. Early arrival recommended.
Alastair studied theater arts and American Literature at the University of Oregon and the Evergreen State College. He has appeared all along the west coast in a variety of roles, Shakespearean and contemporary, as well as lending his vocal talents to a number of commercials and audio book narrations. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
August 28, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" by Tony Argento, a member of the Fremont Howitzer Recovery Team.
Tony calls his style o’ recitin’ "Tuned up and Twisted." Once you see him perform, you’ll know why. A common statement heard from the audience is, "He’s quite animated." He does voice animation an’ vocal sound effects an’ makes good use o’ props. His love o’ cowboy poetry is contagious, especially to his audience.
According to Argento, cowboy poetry has been ‘round since the years followin’ the Civil War. It’s unique form continues to show the cowboy an’ the American West is alive with stories o’ elevated humor, patriotism, serious an’ solemn verse. It’s a great source o’ entertainment for the entire family.
September 25: The Wilderness Act and Great Basin National Park by Marge Sill and USFS. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
October 23: Frémont's Lost and Found: Historic Artifacts from John C. Frémont's 1843-44 Return Route though Oregon Country and Alta California by Gene Hattori, PhD., NSM Curator of Anthropology
November 27: The Mysterious Snow Plant by Pat King, botanist, naturalist, hiker, and devoted NSM museum volunteer.
December: no lecture
Kid's activities include exploring Grandma's Trunk, a Treasure Chest of foreign coins, rocks and minerals, mine tours, square-set timbering, and gold panning.
FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS
July 12, 10 am - 3 pm: Water in Nevada, 10 am -3:00 pm, ages 8 and up
TOUR GUIDE TRAINING
Ready, Set, Go Volunteer at the Nevada State Museum!
Volunteer Woody Davis says, "Are you retired? Are you bored? Do you need to get out of the house? Then give something back to the community. The rewards are great!" Making new friends and stimulating your brain cells are just a few of the perks; guides feel a part of something special--the Nevada State Museum team.
COIN PRESS NO. 1 DEMONSTRATION
See Coin Press No. 1, the original press from the Carson City Mint, in action the last Friday of every month. Volunteer and "Chief Coiner" Ken Hopple runs the press with Curator of History Bob Nylen. The press mints commemorative medallions in .999 fine silver with the famous "CC" Mint Mark on the reverse.
Nylen and Hopple run the press on the last Friday from 10:30 am - noon and again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Advanced reservations are not needed to see the press and learn about its history.
The Carson City Mint operated from 1870-1893. Coin Press No. 1 was the first press to arrive; later it operated with three presses.
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