Comstock Chronicle, Page 8, Friday, June 24, 2022
The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture is pleased to announce they are the recipient of a grant from the Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These funds will be used to help bring the history of the Comstock to life, through a project called “Life on the Comstock.” Funds to date have been used in support of planning and project management for each of two components: “Making Headlines” and “Follow the Lead.”
“Making Headlines” features historic newspaper articles, which will be published bi-monthly. Two regional newspapers, the Comstock Chronicle and the Dayton Dispatch are collaborating with the Comstock Foundation to produce these articles, which are researched and analyzed by Alexia Sober, the humanities scholar for this project.
Published articles are available online through various social media platforms and on the Foundation’s website. “Follow the Lead” invites Northern Nevadans to reenact stories from the Comstock’ s significant historical period – the 1860’s through the 1890′ s. This project
is coordinated by Kyle Blanchard, an experienced micro-influencer, who curates 15 seconds to 3-minute-long videos. These videos are formatted as short comical skits that reenact stories and create content that appeals to younger viewers; targeting the needs of an age group Cthat prefers collectiv􀀴 expression, social connection, authenticity, and peer-to-peer sharing in preferred spaces such as Tik-Tok, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. “Follow the Lead” videos are posted bimonthly, and emphasize well-stated, historicalcultural themes, including Women’s Topics, Technological Innovations, Literature, Industry, and Overland Transportation.
“Life on the Comstock” is intended to deepen rehtionships between the public and the businesses, museums, organizations, and people of Comstock by creating a platform for story-telling. The project transforms the Comstock’ s historic landscapes, machinery, and industrial surfaces into immersive experiences by telling the stories of boom and bust on the Comstock Lode.
The Comstock Foundation is grateful to the Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support in their efforts to share the Comstock’ s authentic history. Be sure to look for “Making Headlines” and “Follow the Lead” on your favorite media platforms, where you can experience the amplification of the stories, ideas, experiences, and the traditions of the Comstock’ s rich mining and cultural history.