Mark Twain’s Final Performance, McAvoy Layne

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

MARK TWAIN "THE BOHEMIAN OF THE SAGEBRUSH""Thank you, Comstock Foundation, for championing Nevada's favorite son in Carson City's first annual Mark Twain Days Festival. Having had the honor of portraying The Bohemian of the Sagebrush for 35 years, I am looking forward to a Last Hurrah at Piper's Opera House, where it all started for […]

$100 – $500

“Maude Adams” by Kim Harris

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

DESCRIPTION: Maude Adams was an American actress and stage designer who achieved her greatest success as the character Peter Pan first playing the role in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Adams' personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid […]

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“Humboldt Range Silver– A Catalyst for Early Humboldt County Development”

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: You could say it all started with show-and-tell to an eager audience on the Comstock. It was 1860 when the first specimens from the then-vacant Humboldt Range were put on display in Silver City.  In no time at all the Humboldt Range was crawling with activity resulting in the development of projects and growth […]

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“HOT AIR BALLOONS”, Excluding Mark Twain, Ramon Seelbach

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: The history of ballooning is a fascinating one. It includes Benjamin Franklin, a couple of french paper makers, and a couple of barnyard animals. After many repeated experiments during more than 20 centuries, the secret of aerial navigation was discovered toward the end of the 18th century in 1782 when Stephen (Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier) and […]

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“History Got It Wrong: Reclaiming the Grosh Brother’s Legacy”

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: History has a way of enhancing or eroding reality, which is then promulgated by media and fiction becomes fact. For the Grosh Brothers, it deprived them, and their descendants, their rightful place in America’s history. Hosea Ballou Grosh and his brother, Ethan Allen Grosh, discovered the Comstock Lode in the Virginia Range in Nevada, […]

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“Captain George Whittell, Jr., Thunderbird Lodge’s Lake Tahoe Playboy Millionaire”

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: George Whittell, Jr. was at one time the richest man in America, owning the entire east shore of scenic Lake Tahoe. He grew up on San Francisco's Nob Hill, inherited a family fortune, was a commissioned officer in WWI then built the beautiful Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe as his private "castle in the sky". […]

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Anna Harris, DebiLynn Smith

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: "Anna Harris was the first woman in the County of Douglas and possibly the State of Nevada that was granted a Sole Proprietorship License, even though she was married and her husband was still alive. Anna and her family were instrumental for supplying the Comstock, Bodie, Aurora and other mining areas during the Gold Rush era as traders, […]

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“The Life Of Eilley Bowers”, Sandie La Nae

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: Eilley Orrum Bowers life was one filled with adventure, travel, riches, poverty, happiness and disappointment. Elley and her husband, Sandy, were the first millionaires on the Comstock. With their new wealth, they built the Bowers Mansion in Washoe Valley, one of the largest houses in the western United States. She was the epitome of […]

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“Nevada Ghost Towns & Mining Camps”, Stan Paher

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: “NEVADA GHOST TOWNS & MINING CAMPS” a compilation of 670 ghost towns and 710 old pictures which show the towns, the mines, and the silver mills in their heyday. It has won many awards. It is Nevada's all-time selling history book. Since its publication in 1970 has sold 68,800 copies.       BIO: […]

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“Jukeboxes”, Neal Cobb

Piper's Opera House 12 B Street, Virginia City, United States

Description: By the 1930's the profitability and popularity of the "Juke" box was well established and mass production was underway by companies such as Wurlitzer, Mills, Seeburg, Rock-Ola and AMI in the USA. Jupiter in France, Chantal and Ditchburnin in England. The big attraction of the of these juke boxes is the bodywork, with its […]

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