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May 2018

Lecture Series: “Nevada State Trooper” 1950’s NBC TV series

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5

This NBC TV series “State Trooper”, featured three episodes which will be shown, 22 minutes each, on the Comstock, taking place in Virginia City and Silver City. 1.  1956 "Meeting at Julia's" / The "Comstock Lode Mine" payroll robbery of $40,000.00 in Silver. Great shots of the Delta, Bucket of Blood, C Street and Badwater Bill and his Donkey.     2.  1959 "The Silver Spiral" / Escaped mental patient kidnaps his nice from Piper's Opera House. Great shots of…

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Lecture Series: Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Mobsters and the 1963 Cal-Neva Adventure

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Mobsters and the 1963 Cal-Neva Adventure   Description: Guy W. Farmer, the Nevada Appeal's award-winning political columnist, will speak on “Frank Sinatra, Mobsters and the Cal-Neva Adventure” Learn all the sordid details firsthand of how Nevada's gaming control agencies revoked Sinatra’s gambling license for hosting Chicago Godfather Sam "Momo" Giancana at North Lake Tahoe's Cal-Neva Lodge and Casino.   Bio: Guy W. Farmer, the Nevada Appeal's award-winning political columnist grew up in Seattle and graduated…

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June 2018

Lecture Series Continues! Hollywood’s Go-To Man for Trains, Jim Clark

June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Hollywood’s Go-To Man for Trains, Jim Clark   Lecture Description: Trains in the Movies. A veteran of over 250 major movies over many decades, Jim Clark an engineer and train coordinator will give a short history of trains in the movies and explain the technical aspects of working with trains. His association with some of the biggest train films and stars in Hollywood include: "The Lone Ranger", "Wild Wild West", "Under Siege Two" "Fast and the Furious", "Water for Elephants",…

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Lecture Series: Neal Cobb – Travel Through Time

June 21 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Travel Through Time                 Description: A visual presentation of Virginia City from the 1870’s through the 1940’s and beyond. A unique look inside the saloons and stores in the 30’s and 40’s, and buildings that are no longer with us. Photos of the boardwalk and surrounding hills as a setting for staging a pretty young model. The disastrous World Premier in Virginia City, of the 1940’s Warner Brothers movie, “Virginia City” staring Errol…

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July 2018

Lecture Series: Tuned Up and Twisted Cowboy Poetry at it’s Best – By Tony Argento

July 5 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Tuned Up and Twisted Cowboy Poetry at it's Best   Tony calls his style o’ recitin’; ‘TUNED UP & TWISTED.” Once you see him perform, you’ll know why.“COWBOY POETRY” has been ‘round since the years followin’ the Civil War. It’s unique form continues to show the Cowboy an’ the American West is alive with stories o’ elevated humor, PATRIOTISM, serious an’ solemn verse.  It’s a GREAT source o’ entertainment for the entire family. Bio: Tony was introduced to “COWBOY POETRY”…

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Lecture Series: Anatomy of an Ingot – Paul Franklin

July 19 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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Anatomy of an Ingot Follow an investigation of a mysterious ingot and the three mining engineers and assayers on a journey that takes you back to the early mining days of the West. Their careers, spanning the second half of the 19th century, intersected much of the early mining history in California and the territories of Arizona and Nevada in addition to meeting some of the important figures of the period. Bio: Paul Franklin has been an executive in the semiconductor…

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Lecture Series: Special Lecture – Most Intrepid Author’s Posse

July 26 @ 7:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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"Most Intrepid Author’s Posse" Take a literary ride with the Most Intrepid Western Author’s Posse as they travel from across the west into Gold Hill on July 26 where they will speak at the Gold Hill Hotel. Stories told by the posse promise to transport readers back to the days of the wild frontier when times were rowdy and justice was swift.  The Posse will be discussing their books and the taming of the Wild West.  Their books will be…

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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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“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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“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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