Frances Humphrey Lecture Series

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “On the Trail of the Jackalope” by Michael Branch

Perhaps you think jackalopes are just the stuff of legends—curio items you might spot on the wall of a novelty taxidermist. Well, there’s more to this cottontail than meets the eye, as Michael P. Branch explores in his new book, On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World’s Imagination and Helped […]

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “You Can’t Do 30-Meter Transects in a Pit Lake: The Archaeological Study of a Mid-Twentieth Century Mine” by Margo Memmott

You Can’t Do 30-Meter Transects in a Pit Lake: The Archaeological Study of a Mid-Twentieth Century Mine Mid-twentieth-century federal investment in infrastructure projects transformed the American West. Two conspicuous projects impacting the West include the Glen Canyon Dam (1956-1964) and the Interstate Highway System (beginning 1956). Federal investment also found its way into mining in […]

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “American Dude Ranch” by Lynn Downey

The dude ranch is the original western vacation, and has many connections to the history and culture of the West and the nation. Historian Lynn Downey unearthed these stories for her new book, American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West. Downey’s illustrated talk will follow the dude ranch […]

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “From San Francisco Eastward, Victorian Theater in the American West” by Carolyn Eichin

This talk will focus on the author’s research and conclusions about Western Victorian theater during the mid-1800s.  The book focuses on the American West drawing on San Francisco’s prominence and its relationship with the smaller theaters.  The talk will use many examples from Nevada’s prominent theaters including Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, as well […]

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “49er Emigrant Trails Through Nevada” by Stan Paher

Stan Paher will explore the 49er emigrant trails through western Nevada, from near Lovelock westward through the Truckee Meadows-Reno area up to Donner Summit. The alternate Carson River Route begins at a point   30 miles north of Fallon and traverses the dreaded Forty-mile Desert to reach the Carson River at a point near Fort Churchill. […]