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More Than Petticoats: Female Prospectors of Nevada, Jordan Thomas

November 9 @ 7:00 pm


Description: For many people, the word prospector conjures an image of tough, rowdy men panning for gold in boom towns across the west. However, many daring and determined women caught the gold fever and set out hoping to strike their fortune in the desert and mountains of Nevada. From Josie Pearl staking her first claim at age 13 to Anna Rechel mining to support her family through the Great Depression, these women made their mark on Nevada and the American West.

I was born and raised in Winnemucca, Nevada. I have loved Nevada history and the California Trail for as long as I can remember. While I was growing up my family spent many weekends out in the mountains exploring ghost towns or along the California Trail looking for wagon ruts. I received my bachelors degree in communication from Utah Valley University and my masters of modern history from Aberystwyth University in Wales. My Masters thesis focused on emigrant diaries along the California Trail through Nevada. I worked at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, NV for 2.5 years and I am a board member for the California Trail Heritage Alliance in Elko. I am currently the Programs Manager for the Museum of North Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. Although work has taken me away from Nevada for now it will always be home.

Doors open at 6:30, Lecture starts at 7pm
Ticket Cost: $10
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