NHS High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb – Zoom in November

Mark your calendars for the NHS High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb History Lectures!
The Nevada Historical Society is working with the Washoe County Library to provide our monthly lecture series on all things Nevada by Zoom. The fall lecture series starts back again on the third Thursday in November. We want to give a shout-out to the Washoe County Library System for helping NHS provide our online lectures.

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.

Lecture Schedule:

Frank Mullen Jr.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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.


Jim Bonar


Thursday, December 17, 2020
Lecture Title: “The Black Rock Desert: A tour through the history and the Applegate Trail”
Speaker, Jim Bonnar, Nevada Historian

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.



Sam Macaluso

Thursday, January 21, 2021
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. Sam Macaluso will talk about Nevada’s role of the Pony Express.