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What: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: Dominique Laxalt by Michael Fischer
When: 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 28, 2018. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City.
Why: To learn more about the life and work of Dominique Laxalt
Description: Today, the citizens of Nevada are surrounded by wonderful Basque people. They are pillars of our communities but it wasn’t always so. Early in the Twentieth Century, they were often looked upon as second class citizens. In many ways Dominique Laxalt was the prototypical Basque. He left his native land to seek economic opportunity in America. He achieved it, lost it and found it again. Follow his life beginning in the foothills of the French Pyrenees to his last days on Minnesota Street in Nevada’s Capital. Learn about his remarkable wife whose own life was filled with numerous hardships and whose determination that all her children be educated drove her to work 16 to 18 hour days. Dominique’s is a fascinating story that will make you want to know more about the history of our Basque neighbors.
Presenter information: Dr. Michael Fischer brings many years of private sector cultural affairs management. He has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Western Folklife Center, the group responsible for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He was chairman of that board for four years. A life member of the Douglas County Historical Society, he was both a board member and President of the organization.
Dr. Fischer spent eight years as a Douglas County Commissioner serving multiple terms as Chairman. He also spent eight years on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority working with cultural and tourism-related events.
Cost: $8 for adults; free for museum members and ages 17 and under.
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Details06/28/2018 06:30:0006/28/2018 19:30:00America/Los_AngelesFrances Humphrey Lecture Series: Dominique Laxalt by Michael FischerReno, NV
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