Nevada State Museum Presents Women’s Voices from the Overland Trail May 26 PDF Print

In celebration of Archaeological Awareness & History Preservation Month, doors open at 6 pm

May 6, 2011

Dr. Doris DwyerCarson City, Nev—Dr. Doris Dwyer presents a lecture, Women’s Voices from the Overland Trail, at the Nevada State Museum Thursday, May 26, 2011, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Dwyer’s presentation features stories from women’s diaries and reminiscences of early pioneers who traveled westward on the trail.  These accounts vividly portray the hardships of pioneer life, the relationship of people to the landscape, and the character of the remarkable women who inspired others on the long journey.  Dwyer presents Women’s Stories as an informal talk, rather than a Chautauqua, format.  

Doors open at 6:00 pm for exhibit viewing in the main building. This program is made possible by
Nevada Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Nevada Energy. 
Museum members and children 17 and under are free; non-member adult admission: $8.

Doris Dwyer has been a Nevada resident since 1980 and loves sharing her passion for pioneer life
in the 19th Century American West.  A devoted history professor for Western Nevada College for
31 years, Dwyer has taught at every WNC campus and teaching center.  She holds a PhD in American
History from Miami University of Ohio.  Dwyer’s longstanding interest in women of the emigrant trails led to her first Chautauqua character, performed in 1994.  She is nationally recognized for her Chautauqua presentations on women from this period.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday.  See the changing exhibits: Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom,  Slot Machines: the Fey Collection, and Selections from the Collections, featuring historic fashions.  Admission: $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under and museum members.  For information, call (775) 687-4810.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department 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, please call (775) 687-8393 or visit the department’s website at

CONTACT: Deborah Stevenson 775-687-4810 ext. 237
Jim Barmore 775-687-4810 ext. 226