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March 2018

Lecture Series: “Prostitution, Vice Lords, Drugs, Crime, Politicians and Kickbacks” Reno and Storey County 1900 – 1950

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5.00

This lecture is an eye opener into our colored past. Reno held national prominence and influence with Vice Lords, drugs, crime, prostitution and kickbacks in high political places. The Vice Lords literally owned and operated Reno the biggest city in the State. Speaker: Mike Fischer Mike Fischer, a life long Nevadan and former Dental Surgeon, Once retired he served as the "Director of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs" under Governor Gibbons and Governor Sandoval's Cabinet until the department was formally disbanded. He…

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Lecture Series: “Logging and the Comstock, Fire Management, and What to Expect in the Future.”

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5.00

Logging history and fire have changed the landscape and the forests of Northern Nevada, and going forward they are the two most important management issues to consider. Literally, hundreds of millions of board feet of lumber were used in the mines on the Comstock. We can learn a great deal about the future by taking a close look at what has happened since gold was discovered in the area around 1852. The Conservation Movement, the creation of the US Forest Service,…

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April 2018

Lecture Series: “Lillian Virgin Finnegan”

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5.00

Lillian was a Genoa, Nevada, woman who was not only a suffragette in the 1900's, but she was responsible for originating the locally famous Genoa Candy Dance Festival, which is now in it's 98th consecutive year. She also worked closely with Governor Emmett Boyle during his term in office. In 2019 a statue will be erected in the Town of Genoa in her honor. Speaker/Chautauqua: Kim Copel-Harris Kim is a Historian, Chautauquan and Character Actress. Her love of history is…

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Lecture Series: “Major Ormsby and the Creation of the Nevada Territory”

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main St
Gold Hill, NV 89440 United States
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$5.00

Chris W Bayer / Lecturer Major William Ormsby played the pivotal role in the creation of the Nevada Territory. His dramatic, violent and entertaining story has been fully researched and written about by CW Bayer who will present this talk. His long book, “Profit, Plots and Lynching, the creation of Nevada Territory” as well as his shorter summary book “Dreaming Up Nevada Territory, the story of William Ormsby” will be available at the talk. CW has been writing histories and…

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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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$5

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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$5

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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$5

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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