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Coming soon! 2014-15 winter full-color newsletter.
Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through spring 2015
FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES
The theme for 2014 has been exploration. The lecture theme for 2015 is creativity and innovation--traits that shaped Nevada's history and helped its residents and creatures adapt to a sometimes harsh and always changing environment. Scroll down for a preview of upcoming 2015 lectures and special events (subject to change):
December: no lecture--Happy Holidays!
January 22, 2015: 6:30 - 8 pm. A Short History of Virginia City by Ron and Susan James; includes book signing. Photo courtesy of University of Nevada Press.
Founded in 1859, Virginia City quickly became world famous for its extraordinary prosperity. Over the next two decades, the mines of “the Richest City on Earth” yielded millions in gold and silver. The newly wealthy built mansions and churches, opera houses and schools, with furniture, fashions, and entertainment imported from Europe and the Far East. Here young Samuel Clemens, reporting for the Territorial Enterprise in 1863, first called himself Mark Twain. At its height Virginia City was a magnet for immigrants and the world leader in technological innovations in mining.
The city’s story did not end when the Comstock Lode played out. Beginning in the 1930s, bohemian artists, literati, and tourists were intrigued by this remnant of the Old West. The leader of Manhattan’s café society, Lucius Beebe, moved here and relaunched the Territorial Enterprise in 1950. Television’s most popular western from 1959 to 1973, Bonanza, located its fictional Ponderosa Ranch nearby. In the summer of 1965, a handful of Bay Area musicians, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, performed at the Red Dog Saloon and launched psychedelic rock, part of the inspiration for a defining decade of youth culture. Today it is both a National Historic Landmark District and a living community. Visitors come to enjoy its saloons and restaurants, admire its architecture, and learn from its museums and exhibits. A Short History of Virginia City will enhance their experience and will also be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of Nevada, mining, and the Old West. • Includes an illustrated walking tour describing more than thirty buildings and sites.
“This book takes us back to the early years of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode, and up to the present, with a wealth of information and with the same loving care [James and James] have given to so much of the Virginia City history they have helped to preserve.” -- Michael S. Green, coauthor of Las Vegas: A Centennial History
February 26: 6:30 - 8 pm. The Spirit of the Silver State by Stanley Paher; includes book signing. Read more.
Upcoming programs (subject to change; call the museum to confirm):
June 25, 2015: 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: Follow the Money: How Nevada’s Comstock Lode Built San Francisco, and So Much More by Gray Brechin, Ph.D.:
The dynastic fortunes that rose from the deep mines of the Comstock sent shock waves around the world, propelling San Francisco’s growth well beyond the California Gold Rush, building mansions and office buildings in New York, Newport, London, and Paris, purchasing titled husbands for silver heiresses, and spurring technological innovations that would change the skylines of cities around the world.Gray Brechin, Ph.D.
Project Scientist, The Living New Deal Project
Department of Geography
Berkeley, CA 94720
FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS
December 13, 10 am - 3 pm: Pines are Fine. Make a pine needle angel to decorate your holiday tree and craft a pinecone wreath. Learn how to tell a pine from a fir or spruce. Discover your state trees, with a special emphasis on the pinyon pine. Find out what kinds of animals eat pine nuts and how American Indians gathered, stored, and processed nuts for food. No reservations needed. Take your time and explore a variety of activities in science and art.
Left: Nevada has two state trees, the Bristlecone Pine and the Pinyon Pine. Photo by Vanessa Richins Myers
Coming in January: Funky Fungi!
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.
2015 Winter Volunteer Tour Guide Training, February 10-11 and 17-18: no experience necessary.
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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