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Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: “Past, Present & Future of the Sutro Tunnel”

Proposed in 1860 by Prussian mining engineer Adolph Sutro as a means to prevent flooding in mines and to mine even deeper within Nevada’s high desert terrain, the Sutro Tunnel is a 3.88 mile drainage tunnel originating in Dayton, Nevada and connecting with the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. After spending almost 20 years in […]

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 […]

Chinese New Year Community Celebration

In partnership with the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada we will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 5th. We will be featuring crafts, objects from the museum’s collection, and performances by the Carson Valley Chinese Culture Group. At 10:00am we will start making crafts which include a hand drum to help celebrate the […]