Jack Dempsey: Another Famous Nevada Fighter PDF Print

July 14, 2010

Jack DempseyReno, Nevada. The Nevada Historical Society invites visitors to get at deeper look into boxing in Nevada as author Guy Clifton presents a lecture on another famous fighter, Jack Dempsey. The presentation takes a look at one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th century who spent a significant amount of time in Nevada.

This program is being held Saturday, July 17 at 1:00 pm in the Historical Society’s Reno History Gallery. It is the third in a series of lectures commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the historic Jonson-Jeffries fight and the history of boxing in Nevada.

The lecture is based on Clifton’s book “Dempsey in Nevada” which reveals an untold chapter in Nevada’s history and an untold story in the life of one of the great sports figures of the 20th Century. Dempsey made many forays into Nevada to fight and train and even once called the Silver State home. He later lost his fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and set about reclaiming it with Reno as his base in the early 1930s, first as a fight promoter and then, once again, as a fighter as he set out to reclaim the heavyweight championship.

This program accompanies the exhibit “Johnson-Jeffries Fight: A Centennial Exhibition” a one-of-a-kind exhibit expressed through art, photography and ephemera in the Historical Society’s Hallway Gallery. The exhibit will run through July 30, 2010.

Guy Clifton, a third generation Nevadan, has been a sportswriter since 1982, receiving state, regional and national awards for his writing. He is currently a senior reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Dempsey in Nevada” is his fourth book. He has also written “Reno Rodeo: A History,” and two volumes of “You Know You’re A Nevadan If ...” Clifton’s most recent volume, written with co-author Ray Hagar, “Johnson-Jeffries: Dateline Reno,” tells the story of the famous Jonson-Jeffries bout mostly through the writings of Reno’s 1910 newspapers.

The Nevada Historical Society, located at 1650 N. Virginia Street on the UNR campus, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest state museum. Programs include an active exhibition schedule, public programs and docent-guided tours. The Historical Society’s Research Library, with its extensive collection of Nevada information and photographs, is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The exhibit galleries and museum store are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults ages 17 and over, children and members are free.

The Nevada Historical Society is one of seven museums managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information on the Department of Cultural Affairs, please call the Public Information Officer at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

July 14, 2010
Contact: Sheryln Hayes-Zorn 775-688-1191 ext. 231
Teresa Moiola 775-687-8323