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Nevada Historical Society History Conference

Nevada Historical Society History Conference 2015

Thinking Beyond Nevada's Borders: Western History in New Perspectives

Our theme is year is Thinking Beyond Nevada's Borders: Western History in New Perspectives” that considers the potential relationships and interactions between people and entities that transcend Nevada's borders.  

Make sure to sign up for this informative History Conference.

Fees are $20 for the General Public, $15 for Museums Members and $10 for students.

Make sure to sign up by visiting our website:

Conference Schedule Friday, September 25th, 2015

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Check in for presenters.

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Reception (CHANGING GALLERY) – Limited Seating is available.


Conference Guest Speaker, Dr. Diana Ahmad
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Lecture by Conference Guest Speaker, Diana L. Ahmad, PhD – author and Professor of History at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (RESEARCH LIBRARY)

Diana L. Ahmad is an historian of the nineteenth-century American West focusing on the vice, as well as on traditional overland trails history. Her current book manuscript, “Success depends on the Animals: Emigrants, Livestock, and Wild Animals on the Overland Trails, 1840-1869, is currently under submission.

Conference Schedule Saturday, September 26th, 2015

8:30am – 9:00am – Admission and Refreshments (CHANGING GALLERY)

9:00am – 4:45pm – Lectures (RESEARCH LIBRARY) – Limited Seating is available.

9:00am – 9:20am: “The Boundaries of Being a Nevadan: National Reputation and Exceptionalism,” by Michael Green, PhD – author and Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

9:25am – 9:45am: “New Perspectives for Native American Western History: Preparing the Western Shoshone Defense Project Records, a New Primary Source at the University of Nevada, Reno” by Jacquelyn Sundstrand, Associate Professor and Manuscripts and Archives librarian, University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections Department.

9:50am – 10:10am: “The Inside Story of the National Judicial College” by June Wisniewski, author and researcher.

10:15am-10:30am – Break

10:35am-10:55am: “C.D. Baker and the Rise of Las Vegas” by Eugene P. Moehring, PhD – author and Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

11:00am-11:20am: “Mining Mercury and Tungsten in 1950s Nevada” by John M. Gomes, retired mining engineer, Mineral County.

11:25am-11:45am: “Sisters All! Tonopah’s Women go to War, 1914-1918” by Phillip I. Earl, author and Curator of History, Emeritus – Nevada Historical Society.

11:50-1pm – Lunch on your own

1:00pm – 4:45pm – Lectures (RESEARCH LIBRARY) – Limited Seating is available.

Moderated Panel: Managing Nevada Land and Livestock (Commentator: William Rowley, PhD – Professor of History, University of Nevada, Reno

1:00pm-1:20pm: “America’s Forest and Range Outback: Science and Land Management in Nevada, 1910-1930” by Ryan Powell, PhD Candidate, Director of History Department Writing Center, and History Instructor, University of Nevada, Reno.

1:25pm-1:45pm: “Reno at the Races: Sporting Life versus Progressive Reform” by Emerson Marcus, State Historian, Nevada National Guard.

1:50pm-2:10pm: “Washoe Redux: Territory, Sovereignty, and Anthropologists” by Edan Strekal, Project Archivist at the University of Nevada, Reno Special Collections and University Archives, and Instructor of Core Humanities, University of Nevada, Reno.

2:15pm-2:35pm: “Resistance to “the Hoofed Locusts:” Nevada’s Response to Sheep on the Public Ranges, 1889-1903” by Iker Saitua, PhD Candidate, Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.

2:45pm-3:00pm – Break

3:00pm – 3:20pm: “Constructing Back Country Wilderness: The Sierra Club and the Clair Tappaan Lodge at Donner Summit” by Kimberly J. Roberts, M.A., Photograph Curator – Special Collections Department, University of Nevada, Reno.

3:25pm – 3:45pm: “Mystery on the Mainline: What Wrecked the “City of San Francisco?” by Christopher MacMahon, student – California State University Channel Islands History Department.

3:50pm – 4:10pm: “Then & Now: On the Road with Sheriff Logan After All These Years” by Jackie Boor, author – LOGAN: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman (2014).

4:15pm – 4:45pm: “The Nevada Historical Society Quarterly — Past, Present, and Future” by John Reid, PhD – Quarterly Editor-in-Chief and Chair for History, Political Science, and Law Department at TMCC, Reno.

Red Dog Saloon Documentary

Who: Nevada Historical Society

What: Sagebrush Psychedelic: Playing in the Desert Lecture Series: The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon: 25th Anniversary Documentary

by Mary Works Covington, local filmmaker

When: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Where: Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia Street, Reno.

Cost: $5 for adults; free for museum members and ages 17 and under.

Limited Seating Available

Got Mark?

The Society is working on a new exhibit case for the permanent gallery, showcasing materials donated by the Clemens family.

Don't miss watching Mysteries at the Museum segment to learn about the 'Duel that Never Was' and the pistol owned by Mark Twain that is currently on display in our Nevada gallery.

Nevada Welcomes the World

The museum’s latest exhibit, Nevada Welcomes the World, is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Nevada’s contributions to the 1915 Panama-Pacific and California-Pacific International Expositions.

These expositions led to some of California’s more memorable landmarks such as San Diego’s Balboa Park and San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

For Nevada, the expositions were a way to promote the resources of the Silver State to millions of attendees.

In Nevada Welcomes the World, photographs, costumes, manuscripts, and memorabilia tell the story of Nevada’s participation in the expositions.

Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild

Sharon K. Schafer’s new photography exhibit, Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild invites us to step forward into the circle of family and acknowledge our kinship with Nature while examining our ever-increasing estrangement and disconnection with this precious planet. This exhibit opens October 30th, 2015 (with a special preview for members on October 29th, 2015).