Frances Humphreys Lecture Series

Nevada State Museum, 600 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701

Fourth Thursday of the month 6:30 – 8:00 PM

David Toll

The Gold Hill News
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: The Gold Hill News by David Toll. With a large number of talented and energetic people, David Toll helped bring The Gold Hill NEWS back to life after a 92-year slumber. The NEWS became the official Storey County newspaper from June 1974 until October 1978. Staff took great pride in the slogans, “None Just As Good!” and “Mark Twain Never Worked for This Newspaper!” In its brief lifespan it was the prize-winningest and most widely-read weekly in Nevada, but sadly didn’t win any prizes at the bank and, on Nevada Day 1978, the NEWS coughed up a farewell edition. From its own obituary: “. . . for the NEWS this is finally goodbye, finished, ended. So hooray for our friends, to hell with our enemies, and we’ll see you in 92 years.




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Lynn Downey

The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World by Lynn Downey
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Includes book signing. Blue jeans are globally beloved and quintessentially American. And no name is more associated with blue jeans than Levi Strauss & Co., the creator of this classic American garment. But despite creating an American icon, Levi Strauss is a mystery. Little is known about the man, and the widely circulated “facts” about his life are steeped in mythology. Strauss’s life was the classic American success story, filled with lessons about craft and integrity, leadership and innovation. Contact: Bob Nylen at or 775-687-4810, at ext. 245.

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Dr. Sudeep Chandra

Beneath Tahoe Waters-The Good, Bad and the Weird! by Sudeep Chandra, PhD
Thursday, March 23, 2017

From working to preserve lakes around the globe to conserving the world’s largest trout in Northern Mongolia (the taimen also known as the Siberian River Shark), to developing public-private partnerships to protect species and habitats, Dr. Sudeep Chandra, leads an active and interesting life. His talk will revisit the historical and contemporary ecological and environmental policy developments at Lake Tahoe that have led to the protection of the watershed. His brief, 200 year retrospective will end with a discussion of the new ecological changes facing the lake from a changing global environment including climate change and the introduction of species.

Sudeep Chandra, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. His lab conducts limnological studies related to the restoration or conservation of aquatic ecosystems. Chandra’s projects include recovering native species, managing nonnative species, understanding the effects of land use change (mining, urbanization, etc) on water quality, and developing natural resource management & conservation plans for the world’s largest, freshwater fishes. Sudeep loves to engage laypersons and professionals, students, policy makers, and concerned citizens in improving environmental policy based on scientific information, and he gets to fish – a lot! He received his B.S. from the University of California, Davis, 1996 and his Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2003.

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Making the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday by Bertha Mullins
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday is a federal holiday, but wasn’t always a state holiday. As the chairperson of the Northern Nevada Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Advisory Committee, Bertha Mullins has a unique insight into the story of the political wrangling involved to create this state holiday.