Carson City Historical Society - Past events - 2007


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The Carson City Historical Society (EIN 94-2565777) is located at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada. Our mailing address is 112 North Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703. The Carson City Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates and maintains the Foreman-Roberts House Museum.

Carson City Historical Society - Past events in 2007

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Thursday, April 24, 2007

The Carson City Historical Society presents "Reflections of Carson City -- Entertainment and Recreation During the Carson Mint's Glory Years" with author and speaker Rusty Goe. The lecture will be at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street, Carson City, Nevada at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2007. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Preview of Rusty's lecture on Favorite Forms of Entertainment
and Recreation During the Carson Mint's Glory Years (1875-1885)

From the beginning residents of Carson City loved all forms of entertainment and recreation. The community's leisure-time activities were rapidly cultivated during its first quarter century in existence. By the 1870s, in concurrence with the Comstock boom, Carson City's calendar of arts, entertainment, and recreation events was full all year round.

Local author, coin dealer, and Carson Mint historian, Rusty Goe, will present a PowerPoint lecture on the most popular forms of entertainment and recreation in Carson City during the 1870s and 1880s.

Through words, images and sounds, Goe will depict indoor and outdoor activities experienced by Carsonites in town and out of the local area during the period 1875 to 1885.

As part of his talk on indoor activities Goe will discuss Carson City's theater life, its social clubs, its parties and balls, and its fraternal organizations. You will hear about Shakespearean plays, minstrel shows, and Gilbert and Sullivan musicals; and you will be introduced to a few of Carson's local artists.

As for Carson's outdoor activities Goe will focus on picnics, sporting events and circuses.

Continuing his presentation, Goe will shift outside of Carson City as he shares how special was Lake Tahoe to residents in northwestern Nevada. You will learn about Glenbrook's prominence as a tourist destination, and also hear about other popular points of interest at Tahoe, including McKinney's Landing, Emerald Bay, and Tallac House.

Goe will conclude his lecture with brief mentions of a few popular California getaways to which Carsonites traveled.

"Reflections of Carson City -- The Legend of Julia Bulette"
by Susan James
Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Historian Susan James has published articles on Nevada topics for over twenty-five years. James began researching the story of Virginia City's famous prostitute, Julia Bulette, in the early 1980s. In 1998, Nevada Magazine reprinted her 1984 article "Queen of Tarts" in The Historical Nevada Magazine: Outstanding Historical Features From the Pages of Nevada Magazine. Her introduction to "Julia Bulette's Probate Records" appears in Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State, published in 2004.

James and her husband, Ron, are co-authors of the book, Castle in the Sky: George Whittell Jr. and the Thunderbird Lodge. She has served since 2003 as the scholar-in-residence for the Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City. She is a former University of Nevada, Reno, history lecturer.

"Might is Right: The Rise and Fall of the Comstock Miner's Unions"
by Guy Rocha
Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street

Most Nevadans have heard of the great gold and silver discoveries that sparked Westward migration in the 19th century, and led to the settling of what would become Nevada. Much has been told of the fortune of silver and gold ore extracted from the Comstock Lode that turned the humble mining town of Virginia City into an economic force that helped build San Francisco. Massive fortunes were made and lost virtually overnight, and countless individuals went from rags to riches to rags again. Recent generations have grown up with the popular TV series Bonanza, whose heroes led lives of adventure, galloping to and from their fictional hometown of Virginia City. And yet, in all the color and drama, one story has been largely neglected with regard to the laborers who toiled underground.

Our Membership Meeting and Membership Drive was held Sunday, September 23, 2007, at 3:00p.m. at the home of Gary, Jennifer and Josie Cain, 412 N. Curry St. This is also the home of Westwall Militaria. The audience got to hear the history of the Hyman Olcovich House at this free event.
Gary and Jennifer provided the history of the historic home and information on various items from his Military Museum. Upcoming Carson City Historical Society events, newsletters and photos were displayed, and refreshments were served.
Click for map to Westwall Militaria.

Reflections of Carson City
"Virginia City -- Tourist Mecca"
with Bert Bedeau of the Comstock
Historic District and Preserve Nevada
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at 7 p.m.
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City, NV

Bert Bedeau presently serves as District Administrator for the Comstock Historic Commission in Virginia City. Prior to moving to Nevada, he was Associate Deputy SHPO and Architectural Historian with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, from 1996 to 1999, and Architectural Historian for the South Dakota State Historical Preservation Center, from 1990 to 1996. Bert is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in History, and of Boston University, from which he holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation Studies. He also has a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Some other web resources concerning Bert Bedeau:

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007

Victorian Christmas Home Tour

Sunday Dec. 16, 2007

Annual Christmas Luncheon

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