High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb is a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speaker as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
Thursday, April 15 2021
Speaker, Dr. 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. Most of these restaurants were hotels serving the boarders meals family style long before they started serving meals to the public as restaurants. This program shows the necessity for these hotels, their evolution from a basic boarding house to a retirement home and why the properties were a welcome respite for the lonely Basque herder who often did not speak English and had only a rudimentary education.
Dr. Michael E. Fischer Biography
Dr. Michael E. Fischer was appointed Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs by Governor Jim Gibbons in January 2007 and served in the Sandoval Administration until Cultural Affairs was merged with Tourism. Prior to that, he practiced dentistry in Gardnerville for 31 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, class of 1971 and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California, class of 1975.
Dr. Fischer brings many years of private sector cultural affairs management. He has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Western Folklife Center, the group responsible for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He was chairman of that board for four years. A life member of the Douglas County Historical Society, he was both a board member and President of the organization. Presently he is Secretary to the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society Board and Vice President of the Nevada Agricultural Foundation.
Dr. Fischer served eight years as a Douglas County Commissioner with multiple terms as Chairman. He also spent eight years on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority working with cultural and tourism-related events.
His interest in Nevada History began as a child when his family visited historic sites around the state. He portrays Governor John Sparks and Nevada agricultural pioneer H.F. Dangberg Sr. in Chautauqua performances.
He has been and continues to be involved with the conversion of the H.F. Dangberg Home Ranch into one of Douglas County’s newest and oldest attractions.
He is married to the former Janet Pascucci and lives in rural Douglas County. They have two grown daughters, Jennifer and Meredith.
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