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August 2018

Lecture Series: “What Happened to all the Old Buildings?” by Joe Curtis & Ron Gallagher

August 2 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

“What Happened to all the Old Buildings? Part 2 Lecture Description: This exciting lecture will give you a presentation of photos of the buildings and structures that were here on the Comstock up to the 1950's but gone now. Stories about them and what is in its place today. In it’s glory days the Comstock was a stunning city of mansions, stores, saloons, mills and mines. Presented by two local historians, Joe Curtis and Ron Gallagher. Bio: Joe Curtis Joe’s family moved…

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Special Lecture: The Sesquicentennial Cornerstone, St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church

August 9 @ 6:00 pm
St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, 111 E St
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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"The Sesquicentennial Cornerstone, St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church"       Description: On Thursday August 9th at 6pm the Comstock Foundation is hosting a Special Lecture and Tour of St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church. The church will officially celebrate the 150th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone which took place on August 18th 1868 for the first of the two brick churches built by Fr. Patrick Manogue in Virginia City. The event includes the lecture and a…

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Lecture Series: “The Virginia City-Austin Camel Freight Business of the 1860s” by Eric Moody

August 16 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

“The Virginia City-Austin Camel Freight Business of the 1860s” Just about everyone who’s been in Nevada for a while is aware that camels were used here in the nineteenth century as beasts of burden. Mostly they were seen in and around Virginia City and the other communities of the Comstock during the 1860s and 1870s. It’s also pretty well known that the 1875 state legislature passed a law prohibiting camels from the main streets of towns because they spooked horses.…

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September 2018

Lecture Series:” History of the Virginia City Gold Hill Water Company” by James Bonar

September 6 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

" History of the Virginia City Gold Hill Water Company" In the 1860's when the Comstock got it's start, water on the Comstock was as precious as gold. This lecture speaks to the early days and then the construction of the water system from Lake Marlette to Virginia City, still in use today. This visual presentation and educational lecture explores the history of Comstock water and the  development of this amazing gravity flow project. Bio: James Bonar, a Nevada resident…

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Lecture Series: “Gold and Money” by Corrado De Gasperis

September 20 @ 7:30 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Description: Monetary policy is one of the most impactful, powerful regulatory tool that, when combined with destructive practices in the financial, banking, capital markets and money management industries, threatens the sustainability of capitalism and fundamentally the quality and manner of our lives.  Mr. DeGasperis will challenge the assumptions around these monetary practices, expose the implications of reckless and irresponsible fiscal policies, at all levels of government, and discuss gold and other alternative currencies (Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, etc.) role in the global…

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October 2018

Lecture Series: ” Mysteries of the Hale & Norcross Mine: Waste Trestles, Bins & Dumps”, by Cliff Jennings

October 4 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

Mysteries of the Hale & Norcross Mine: Waste Trestles, Bins & Dumps A Story of Site Observations, Model Making and Comstock-V&T History In its heyday, the Comstocks major mines were visually dominant and architecturally striking. But when one attempts to make a scale model of one, questions emerge that drives one to research. Archival photos and drawings are crucial, and site investigations gives clarity. But once in a while, one ends up with a bigger stack of questions then at…

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Lecture Series: “Gold is where you find it, or not”, Larry Martin

October 18 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Metal Detectors, Visual Observation, Buried Treasure and “Gold is where you find it, or not”   This fascinating lecture will discuss and demonstrate how to visually identify gold and silver on the surface of the ground and better yet how to find it with a metal detector. I think we all agree on one thing with regards to digging for gold and treasure – finding it quickly & regularly isn’t possible without the best gold detector. There’s no two-ways about…

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November 2018

Lecture Series: The Life & Times of George Hearst / Comstock Miner, by Fred Holabird

November 1 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

The Life & Times of George Hearst / Comstock Miner George Hearst of Comstock fame was raised in a log cabin on his family's farm in rural Missouri. He headed to California in 1850 for the gold rush. In the summer of 1859, Hearst learned of the wonderful silver assays of the "blue stuff" on what was to become the Comstock Lode. Hearst hurried over to the Comstock where he arranged to buy a one-sixth interest in the Ophir Mine.…

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Lecture Series: “The Great Flume Ride”, by Tony Ilradi

November 15 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

The Great Flume Ride Description: In 1875, an East Coast newspaperman was treated to the trip of a lifetime. H.J. Ramsdell, a New York Tribune reporter, was assigned to Virginia City to report on the Comstock. He got more of a story than he bargained for. While touring the various mining works, mining magnate John Mackay suggested Ramsdell visit to his company’s flume. Two days later, Ramsdell met with Mackay’s partners, James Fair and James Flood, in Virginia City. Joining…

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Lecture Series: “The Bonanza King“ / John Mackay, by Gregory Crouch

November 29 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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 "The Bonanza King" / John Mackay Description: In his talk, Gregory Crouch will discuss local-legend John Mackay, who got his start in the United States as a destitute Irish immigrant brought here when he was 9 years old. Mackay grew up in New York City’s Five Points slum (“The Gangs of New York neighborhood), came of age amid the violent mayhem of the California Gold Rush, and rose to the full power of his manhood in the deep, rich, and outrageously…

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