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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through Oct. 2014
FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES
The theme for 2014 is exploration!
Sneak preview of upcoming 2014 lectures and special events (subject to change):
April 24, 6:30 - 8 pm: At Pyramid Lake, lecture and book signing by award-winning author Bernard Mergen; this is a brand new book from the University of Nevada Press about the cultural history of Pyramid Lake. Read more here.
Bernard Mergen is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, George Washington University, where he taught for 35 years. He also taught at Goteborg University in Sweden, the Community College of Philadelphia, Grinnell College in Iowa, the Free University of Berlin, and the National University of Mongolia. He now lives in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. His book Snow in America won the Ullr Award from the International Ski History Association and his book Weather Matters won the Louis J. Battan Award from the American Meteorological Society. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and writing poetry. Mergen is traveling to Nevada from West Virginia for this special book signing at the museum. We are delighted to announce that Paiute elder, Ralph Burns, will be joining Mergen in this conversation to offer his insights from a tribal perspective. Early arrival recommended. Doors open at 6 pm.
May 22: On the Frémont Trail by John Wilusz, with original music. Learn all about the explorations of John C. Frémont and the mystery of his lost cannon by a member of the Fremont Howitzer Recovery Team. Expect to be entertained too, as John is a musician with an original song, Oh Johnny.
June 26: History of Nature Journaling by Sharon Schafer
August 28: Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" by Tony Argento
September 25: The Wilderness Act and Great Basin National Park by Marge Sill and USFS
Richard O. Davies is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Nevada, Reno. His most recent book is Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century; other works include Sports in American Life: A History and The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada. In 2013 he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.
FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS
April 5, 1:00 -3:00 pm: Great Basin Young Chautauqua Celebrates Nevada's Sesquicentennial, a performance for the delight of all ages; seating limited to 80 persons; tickets available starting at 9 am, Saturday, April 5. Meet the following characters in costume:
John C. Fremont (Max Johnson),
May 17: Exploring topographical maps, 10 am -3:30 pm, ages 10 and up
June 28: Nature Journaling with professional artist/naturalist Sharon Schafer, 10 am - 3 pm; 30 minute sessions, ages 10 and up; see Schafer's sketches on the left and below:
July 12: Water in Nevada, 10 am -3:30 pm, ages 10 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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