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October 2018

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

October 18, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

 "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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March 2019

Lecture Series: “What Happened to all the Old Buildings?” Part 3

March 7 @ 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 3   Lecture Description: Back by popular demand.This exciting lecture will give you a presentation of photos of the buildings and structures that were here on the Comstock from the 1860’s 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. A presentation of photos will be presented – many…

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A Benefit for The Comstock Foundation – Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters

March 14 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Exploring History One Spirit at a Time Description: What better place to explore for Spirits than the oldest hotel in Nevada, the Gold Hill Hotel, established in 1861. You will explore together in small groups, various sites in and around the Gold Hill Hotel, with several Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters guiding you along. The Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters seek to understand paranormal events, through investigations, using all tools at our disposal with a scientific approach. About: Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters…

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Lecture Series: “Calamity Jane”, Kim Harris

March 21 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

"Calamity Jane", Kim Harris   Lecture Description: Kim Copel-Harris provides another stunning Chautauqua for your pleasure as Calamity Jane. Perhaps no woman embodies the spirit of the Western expansion more than Martha Canary better known as “Calamity Jane”.  She challenged society’s standards of behavior for women, and at the same time was admired for her generosity, honesty and lack of pretentiousness.  Calamity Jane could drive a team of mules as well as any man.  Her bullwhacking skills were invaluable to…

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A Benefit for The Comstock Foundation – Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters

March 28 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Exploring History One Spirit at a Time Description: What better place to explore for Spirits than the oldest hotel in Nevada, the Gold Hill Hotel, established in 1861. You will explore together in small groups, various sites in and around the Gold Hill Hotel, with several Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters guiding you along. The Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters seek to understand paranormal events, through investigations, using all tools at our disposal with a scientific approach. About: Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters…

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April 2019

Lecture Series: “Jim’s Hollywood Movies and Trains”, Jim Clark

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

“Jim’s Hollywood Movies and Trains”, Jim Clark   Lecture Description: He’s back with more movies and insights. Jim Clark is a veteran of over 250 major movies over the many decades. As an engineer, train coordinator and actor, he's been killed in movies more times than he can count. Jim will give another lecture of trains in the movies that he’s worked on. He'll explain the technical aspects and the challenges of working with Hollywood studios. His association with some…

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Lecture Series: “Hucksters and Bohos and Hippies, Oh My!”, Michael A. “Bert” Bedeau

April 18 @ 7:00 pm
Comstock History Center, 20 North E Street
Virginia City, NV 89440 United States
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$5

• Please note the location of this lecture is at the Comstock History Center.   "Hucksters and Bohos and Hippies, Oh My!" Description: Most people are familiar with the 19th century story of the Comstock--silver strikes, miners, Mark Twain, John Mackey, bonanza and borracsa! But there is more to the story. How did a dying mining town of a few hundred souls change into the tourist mecca that we know today? The tale is as fascinating as was any told…

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