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High Noon with Neal Cobb

Sam Macaluso: The Pony Express

Neal is joined by historian, educator, and native Nevadan, Sam Macaluso, who discusses the Pony Express. Established just over 160 years ago, the horseback delivery service ran from Missouri to California and included 29 relay stations across Nevada.

 

High Noon with Neal Cobb

Jim Bonar: The Blackrock Desert

Neal Cobb is joined by Jim Bonar, who discusses the history of the Black Rock Desert: who lived there, who were the first non-native settlers, what is happening there today?

 

High Noon with Neal Cobb

Frank Mullen, Jr: My Lives as a Chautauqua Performer

Frank Mullen, Jr. discusses his life as a Chautauqua performer. Mullen has depicted historical figures including Henry VIII, Babe Ruth, Benedict Arnold, Edward R. Murrow, and Albert Einstein.

 

Early Reno

Based on the Images of America book, "Early Reno," written by Nevada Historical Society docents Carol Coleman and Dave Kennedy, this presentation makes use of Nevada Historical Society archived photos of Reno businesses, schools, churches, hospitals, and other significant elements of life in Reno starting in 1868. Presented by Linda Burke, who has been a docent at the Nevada Historical Society for 23 years. She has helped develop educational materials for our school tours and served in many leadership roles with the Docent Council Board and at the Nevada Historical Society.

 

Nevada's First Senator

From poverty to making and losing fortunes, he never lost his thirst for knowledge and his interest in Nevada’s growth. Starting in 1859, William M. Stewart led the battle for Nevada statehood. Known as the Father of American Mining Law and author of the 15th Constitutional Amendment, Stewart brought international recognition to our young state and his death was noted throughout the United States and in foreign nations. Presented by Nevada Historical Society docent, Lorraine Petersen.

 

Washoe County

Joyce Cox discusses early Washoe County history and images included in her book Washoe County, part of the Images of America series. Joyce is a docent of the Nevada Historical Society, a member of the Nevada Women’s History Project, writing and researching the lives of the First Ladies of Nevada, and she has served as treasurer, finance chair, and membership chair in the Nevada Library Association.

 

Early Reno

Based on the Images of America book Early Reno, this presentation by Nevada Historical Society docent Pam Walker makes use of Nevada Historical Society archived photos of Reno businesses, schools, churches, hospitals and other significant elements of life in Reno starting in 1868.

 

Gaming as a Microcosm of American History

Marc Ullom discusses the history of gaming and shows us some of the historical artifacts in the Nevada Historical Society archives.

 

Mining: Then & Now

Historian and storyteller Sam Macaluso tells the story of mining in Nevada through the ages, from the deposits of obsidian, opalite, chalcedony, agate, jasper, and quartz that were utilized by the early inhabitants of Nevada to fashion arrowheads, spear points, and various tools, to gold mining in the 1850s, to the open-pit mining of today.

 

Gambling: It's Older Than You Think

People have participated in forms of gambling for millennia. Even Ancient Egyptians played games they made wagers on. This talk will discuss the background and history of gambling across cultures and continents. Presenter Marc Ullom is currently a docent and the treasurer of the Docent Council at the Nevada Historical Society. He works on the American Gaming Archives at the Nevada Historical Society.

 

Before Reno & Sparks

Early settlers in the Truckee Meadows knew nothing of Reno or Sparks. Instead, they lived in communities like Eastman Mill and Brown's Crossing -- villages whose names no longer appear on modern maps. This talk offers a quick look at some of these forgotten places.

About the presenter: After a career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, Betsy Morse retired and moved to Reno. She has been a volunteer with the Nevada Historical Society for the last decade, where she works in the research library and gives school tours. She loves learning about the history of the state and sharing what she has learned with others.

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TechBoomers

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center

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1,000 Miles Project

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1,000 Miles Project

The first-hand account of a 1914 prospecting trip across Nevada provides an engaging way to study history

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