Nevada Historical Society
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The Nevada Historical Society is making our recorded programs available on many fascinating Nevada topics.

Did you know that you can view all of these fascinating lectures on YouTube? Here is the video link for the Nevada Historical Society.

Television Interviews:

Nevada Historical Society and Photographs
https://www.ktvn.com/story/41592982/500000-photos-of-nevadas-past

Artown History of Reno
https://www.ktvn.com/clip/14859285/artown-history-of-reno

https://www.ktvn.com/clip/14863882/artown-history

Reno Rodeo celebrates 100 Years
https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Reno-Rodeo-celebrates-100-years-of-action–511542701.html

History Gambling Interview C-Span 2019 Cities Tour
https://www.c-span.org/video/?460973-1/history-gambling

Reno 150th Birthday Celebration KTVN Interview
http://www.ktvn.com/story/38156256/reno-celebrates-150-years-at-greater-nevada-field

City loses oldest building KOLO Interview
https://www.kolotv.com/content/news/Lost-history-Reno-loses-its-oldest-building-502745061.html


Mysteries at the Museum

Crossword Code and Bushy Bill
Season 7, Episode 13 aired June 19, 2015 (24:43 to 31:58)
A puzzling crossword; a set of traffic signals; a set of leg iron shackles. This episode will tell the story of the Sanitary Sack of Flour and Ruel Gridley from Austin, Nevada.

 

Monumental Mysteries

Gunpowder Plot, Lost in Yellowstone, Cops Are Robbers
Season 3, Episode 11, aired September 11, 2015 (6:46 to 15:12)
This episode will tell the myth about U.S. senator Key Pittman’s memorial at Mountain View Cemetery in Reno, Nevada, and whether he was kept on ice at the Riverside hotel until he was reelected in the 1940 elections. This story was retold in the Green Felt Jungle book by Ed Reid.

 

Mysteries at the Museum

Season 6, aired 2014
This episode will tell the story of about the Duel that Never Was with Mark Twain before he left the Comstock.

The photo is of McAvoy Lane as Mark Twain holding the NHS Mark Twain pistol frame that survived the 1875 fire in Virginia City.

 

Newspaper Articles:

Tokens of History  2018 AGA Article by Jeri Chadwell, Reno News & Review
AGA Chip Dig  2015 AGA Article by Guy Clifton, RGJ

Sacked: 50 Pounds of Flour worth plenty in Nevada 2015 Article by Susan Skorupa, RGJ * a segment in Mysteries at the Museum

Mark Twain – The Duel that Never Was  2014 Article by Guy Clifton, RGJ * a segment in Mysteries at the Museum

Television Articles:

Political Memorabilia Show 2019


NHS Past Events

AGA Fireside Chat Flyer

Day at the Museum Flyer 2018

AGA Chip Dig & Collectibles Show 2018

NHS AGA Dealer Application

NHS Artown 2018 Brochure

NHS History Conference Program 2015

NHS Lecture Videos:

High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb 

Finding and Restoring Part of the Reno Fire Department’s Past
Jon Wagner joins Neal to tell and show amazing images about the restoration of a 1917 American LaFrance ladder truck formerly owned by the Reno Fire Department.

19th and 20th Century Painters of Nevada
Gallery owner, appraiser, and publisher Jack Bacon presents this overview of the major painters of Nevada of the 19th and 20th centuries. Based on the first comprehensive biographical dictionary on the subject ever published, this presentation covers artists from the early days of western exploration and the Latimer School of the early 20th century.

Ballooning in and around the Truckee Meadows
Ramon will talk about why he got into ballooning and show amazing ballooning images in and around the Truckee Meadows

UP House – Preserving one of the UNR Gateway Homes
Artist and preservationist Loren Jahn will discuss the recent efforts to save a Queen Anne cottage that was threatened by the UNR Gateway District expansion.

The Origin and Evolution of the Basque Hotel: When, Where and Why
Michael Fischer discusses the origin and evolution of the Basque Hotel in Nevada. 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.

The 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.

The Chamber of Commerce
Joyce Cox discusses the history of the Chamber of Commerce and 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. Slogans such as “The Metropolis of 100,000 Square Miles of Opportunity” in the 1920s to “Think Reno . . . Always Good Thinking” in the 1960s and 70s and of course “The Biggest Little City” made Reno known around the world.

The Pony Express
Sam Macaluso 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.

The Blackrock Desert: The history & Applegate Trail
Jim Bonar discusses the history of the Black Rock Desert: who lived there, who were the first non-native settlers and what is happening there today.

My Lives as a Chautauqua Performer
Frank X. 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.


Docent Council Lecture Series 

Nevada Barn Heritage
Jack Hursh, Nevada historian discusses early Northern Nevada barns and ranch sites.

Harolds Club
Neal Cobb, Nevada historian discusses Harolds Club, a Reno casino that was in business from 1935 to 1995.

Adaptive Reuse for Revitalization: Reno’s Downtown Post Office
Bernie Carter, Reno Businessman discusses how their redevelopment group repurposed the historic Frederick DeLongchamps Post Office.

Mountain Men
Larry Walker discusses the fur-trading era in the American West.

In Memory of Jeanne Elizabeth Wier
Lorraine Petersen discusses the Society’s first director, Dr. Jeanne Elizabeth Wier.

Women in the Military
Anne Davis discusses the history of Nevada’s women in the military.

NHS Docent Council History – Old Friends & Memories:  A Look Back
Linda Burke discusses the history of the Nevada Historical Society Docent Council.

The Historic Fourth Ward School Museum
Shery Griffin Grundy discusses the history of the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City.


NHS Artifact Stories

Miss Wakayama
Learn about the fascinating history of Nevada’s Japanese Friendship Doll at the Nevada Historical Society for the past 92 years.

 

Artown History Lectures – July 2021

The Humboldt: A River by Any Other Name, the naming of Humboldt River

In 1845, John C. Fremont christened this river the Humboldt River in honor of the acclaimed naturalist, Alexander von Humboldt. But, did you ever wonder what this river may have been called previous to that? What did the first trappers and explorers of the Great Basin call this river? In this presentation, you will hear a few stories about those trappers and explorers, the names they gave to the river, and even a little controversy surrounding the Humboldt.

The Psychedelic, Sex and Blue Jean Machine: Northern Nevada’s contributions to popular culture

Northern Nevada was the birthplace and inspiration for many inventions that influence our lives. Global pop culture owes much to Nevada’s innovative spirit including blue jeans and the San Francisco sound of the 1960s. Catherine Magee, Director of the Nevada Historical Society, will take you on a trip to explore some intriguing aspects of Nevada’s history.

Early Settlers in Northern Nevada

Nevada was once part of the Utah Territory, an incorporated territory that existed from 1850 to 1896. Learn how Congress separated the territory into individual states during that time. Hear about Kit Carson and John Fremont, the Gadsden Purchase, and the Mormon trading posts in the Carson Valley. Photos and stories describe events and life in the towns of Genoa, Dayton, Carson City and Virginia City during the decade of the 1850s.

Firsts and Lasts in Nevada, the Notorious

Hear stories about some of Nevada’s bad men and women and their outcomes — things like the first train robbery, first woman hung in Nevada, last vigilante hanging in Nevada and the firsts and lasts of an episode in Jarbidge, Nevada, are some of the stories you will hear.

Artown History Lectures – July 2020

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.

Senator Stewart 
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.

Washoe County
Joyce Cox discusses early Washoe County history and images included in her book Washoe County, part of the Images of America series.

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.

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.

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.


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NHS Docent Brochure

NHS Docent Lectures 2019


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Call for Papers 2018

NHS Quarterly Submission Guidelines_2018


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