Nevada State Museum Presents Long Beard: Warren Wasson, Indian Agent & U.S. Marshall PDF Print

June 23, Doors open at 6 pm; lecture at 7 pm

June 6, 2011

Wasson WarrenCarson City, Nev—Author and historian, Robert W. Ellison, presents a lecture, Long Beard: Warren Wasson, Indian Agent & U.S. Marshall, at the Nevada State Museum Thursday, June 23, 2011, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The lecture is based on Ellison’s book, Long Beard: Warren Wasson, Nevada Pioneer, Indian Agent, U.S. Marshall, Inventor, and Enigma, published by Hot Springs Mountain Press, Minden, Nevada.  A limited number of books are available through the Museum Store. Robert Ellison is a resident of Carson Valley, an area rich in history.  A lover of heritage and a good story, Ellison spent over four decades traveling the Nevada and California ground that Warren Wasson and his contemporaries traveled. 

Doors open at 6:00 pm for exhibit viewing in the main building. Museum members and children 17 and under are free; non-member adult admission: $8. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson, Curator of Education: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775/687-4810, ext. 237.

Warren Wasson was a frontiersman, a 49er, a scout, an Indian Agent, a Deputy U.S. Marshall, then U.S. Marshall, a U.S. Tax Assessor, a delegate to two constitutional conventions, and a military advisor to three of Nevada’s Governors.  In his spare time, he was a father, farmer, miner, and inventor. In the end, with his disappearance, he became an enigma. 

Bob EllisonRobert Ellison received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State at Fullerton, his master’s from UNR, and did doctoral work at Claremont Graduate School.  Ellison previously published two other works about Nevada’s past: The Territorial Lawmen of Nevada, Vol. 1 and First Impressions, a history of the Emigrant Trail through Carson Valley. 

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