Programming Schedule
November 2020 – present

 

November 2020

5th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – Zoom lecture
Stan Paher, Lecture on My Favorite Ghost town.
Information about online registration will be sent out by the NHS Docent Council. 

Frank Mullen Jr.

19th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Frank Mullen, Historian, Writer and Chautauquan
Lecture Title: My Lives As A Chautauqua Performer

Chautauqua is a living history presentation in which a scholar adopts the persona of a historical figure. The performer delivers a monologue as the person from the past, answers audience questions in character and then does a short Q&A session out of character.

The program will cover: the research process for characters; writing monologues; assembling period costumes; rehearsal techniques; and preparing for the Q&As, various costumes, research materials and short videos of performances will be shown. Stories will be told.

Here is the link to the Washoe County Library Virtual Calendar Lecture – make sure to register! https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/7185836

December 2020

3rd, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – Zoom lecture
Neal Cobb, Lecture on Harold’s Club.

Jim Bonar

17th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Jim Bonnar, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: Black Rock Desert: A tour through the history & Applegate trail

You’ve heard of the Black Rock Desert, but have you been to it? Most impressions people get are from Burning Man, but there is so much more to this incredible place. Let’s explore the northern end of Nevada. What’s the history, who lived there, the first whites? Jim Bonar will detail some of the events of the past and give you information about what’s going on today. See the wonders found in the wonderful Black Rock Desert.

Here is the link to the Washoe County Library Virtual Calendar Lecture – make sure to register!  https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/7185840

 

January 2021

7th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Bernie Carter
Lecture Title: Adaptive Reuse for Revitalization: Reno’s Downtown Post Office
Bernie would like everyone to view the six minute tour video at 50southvirginia.com. It is an interview with the contractor, architect, and mechanical engineer, and viewing helps to understand the motivation behind the project.

Sam Macaluso

21st, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Sam Macalusa, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: The Pony Express

April 3, 2020 marks the 160th anniversary of one of the more romantic eras in the west, The Pony Express.

The freighting group of Russell, Majors and Waddell undertook the great adventure of having mail couriers travel 2,000 miles in 10 days. What about the Pony Express in Nevada? There were 29 relay stations in Nevada which were situated 20-35 miles apart. The Nevada portion of the route was 420 miles long and follows approximately where highway US 50 exists now (through the center of the state). Riders were paid $100 per month and station keepers got $125 per month. Riders carried the mail in a mochila (lightweight leather cover put over a horse’s saddle). It had 4 lockable canisters that kept the mail safe until it reached its destination. The price of postage was high.

Here is the link to the Washoe County Library Virtual Calendar Lecture – make sure to register! https://events.washoecountylibrary.us/event/7185844

February 2021

4th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Larry Walker, Mountain Man Reenactor
Lecture Title: Western Fur Trappers- Then and Now
Larry Walker first became interested in shooting sports in the late 1980’s. That led to muzzleloader competitions and cowboy action shooting. These sports led him to an interest in the history of the western fur trade era, what we sometimes call Mountain Men. In 2000, he connected with the American Mountain Men who, as an organization, study in earnest the lifestyles and equipment of the fur trappers, with an emphasis on authenticity. Larry’s main focus of research has been of the firearms used in the late 18th and first half of the 19th centuries. He currently builds recreations of the JJ Henry trade rifles which were the most commonly used by the mountaineers. Larry will speak on the beaver trappers of the “fur trade era” (1800-1840) and how the American Mountain Men research and teach the skills and history of these important pathfinders.

Joyce Cox


18th,
12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Joyce Cox, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: The Chamber of Commerce

Joyce’s talk will illustrate how Reno and northern Nevada were advertised and promoted from the 1920s through the 1970s. Publicists used booklets, pamphlets, billboards, slogans along with television and radio commercials and even special events to promote Reno.


March 2021

4th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Anne Davis, Educator
Lecture Title: Nevada’s Military Women

Neil Brooks

18th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Neil Brooks, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: History of Model Dairy

Neil Brooks’ grandfather C.W. Brooks founded Model Dairy with Holstein cows and two milkers. Neil’s presentation will focus on the history of Model Dairy from 1906 to 1977 and will feature pictures and stories from throughout the years.

 


April 2021

1st, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture
Linda Burke, History of the NHS Docent Council

Michael Fischer


15th,
12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Michael Fischer, Nevada Historian
Lecture Title: The Origin and Evolution of the Basque Hotel: When, Where and Why
Learn more about the origin and evolution of the Basque Hotel in Nevada. Probably most of us have eaten in a Basque restaurant and perhaps sipped a Picon Punch before the meal.

 


May 2021

6th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture
Speaker, Mark Jensen
Lecture Title: Dangberg Hone Ranch Historic Park: Its History and Future

Loren Jahn

 

20th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture

Speaker, Loren Jahn, Nevada Artist and Preservationist
Lecture Title: Preserving one of the UNR Gateway District Homes
Learn more about Loren Jahn’s latest Reno preservation project. He is among a small group of people that saved the historic homes from the UNR Gateway area. He will talk about saving the last historic, 1890s Queen Anne cottage from the UNR Gateway District Adopt-A-House program.

 


June 2021

2nd, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture
Speaker, Sherry Griffin Grundy
Lecture Title: The Historic Fourth Ward School Museum

Ramon Seelbach

17th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Ramon Seelbach, Balloonist
Lecture Title: Ballooning in and around the Truckee Meadows
Ramon Seelbach bought his new balloon in 1984 and flew it every year for the next 27 years. Most balloons last 6 to 8 years. This slide show covers all aspects of hot air ballooning including races, upkeep and maintenance.

 


July 2021

7th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – No lecture, summer

Jack Bacon

15th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Jack Bacon, art appraiser and historian
Lecture Title: 19th and 20th Century Painters of Nevada – Artown 2021
An illustrated overview of the art and history of painters of Nevada of the 19th and 20th centuries based on the first comprehensive biographical dictionary on the subject ever published. The talk will cover artists from the early days of western exploration, the Latimer School of the early 20th century, and many of the popular and charismatic art figures of the times.

Jack Bacon, a fine art appraiser, settled in Reno in 1974 and together with his wife of 38 years, Kim Bacon, raised their two children, Jack and Lacy. For nearly 40 years they owned a successful art gallery in Reno during which time they came to know many of Nevada’s great artists. Since 1983, Jack Bacon & Company has routinely published books on Nevada history, culture, biography, and art.

August 2021

4th, 10:30am: NHS Docent Council Lecture – No lecture, summer

Jon Wagner
Jon Wagner

19th, 12:00pm: High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom lecture
Speaker, Jon Wagner, retired Reno Fireman
Lecture Title: Finding and restoring part of RFD’s past

In April 2006 Jon and a group of Reno Firefighters found out about an ex-Reno FD 1917 American Lafrance tractor drawn aerial fire ladder truck for sale in the SFO Bay area. After a couple of trips to see the 1917 ALF arrangements were made to purchase it and bring it back to Reno. The 1917 ALF is now 95% complete with only a few details remaining incomplete along with some tools and equipment. The restoration process was extensively documented with photographs. This program will take you through all the steps in this 15 year restoration process.

Jon has been a Reno resident since October 1978.  Moving to Reno from Miami, FL where he was born and raised. After Jon moved to Reno, he started working for the NV Division of Forestry in October of 1979. He helped build the NDF Verdi Fire Station that was located on Garson Rd. At 8:00 am on Jan. 21, 1985 Jon started work as a recruit in the Training Academy at the Reno Fire Department.

Jon lead the effort to successfully find and fully restore one of Reno’s early ladder trucks. Working with many other Reno firefighters, have restored four large pieces of equipment and numerous photographs and artifacts.  The group has created a a few exhibitions to show what they’ve done and to celebrate Reno firemen history.