Historic speakers at Mormon Station State Historic Park
Mormon Station State Historic Park is kicking off its Historic Speaker Series on Saturday with three Chautauqua presentations: Anita Watson will portray Mary Oxborrow, a pioneer midwife and healer; Laurie Hickey will give a presentation on the life of Dr. Eliza Cook, one of the first female doctors in Nevada and Bob Ellison will speak on about the life of Orson Hyde, responsible for “the curse of Carson Valley” and naming the town of Genoa. For an extra dose of history, visitors can check out the log cabin museum in between speakers.
The first speaker presents at 11 a.m., the second at 12:30 p.m. and the third at 2 p.m. All presentations are outdoors on the lawn where large trees will provide shade.
Mormon Station State Historic Park is in Genoa and is a 20 minute drive from Carson City, via U.S Highway 395.
This event is open to the public. No dogs are allowed. The presentations are free. Museum admission is $1 for adults; children 12 and under are
For information, contact the park at 775-782-2590.
Chairs are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Bring a picnic lunch and drinks to stay all day.
Nevada artists to show in Fallon
The Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios on Maine Street will feature an artist and native Nevadan from Reno, Jeannette Hale, from June 1-14.
Hale will be displaying her landscapes of the Nevada high desert. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Dominican University, Calif., and her work is displayed in both Fallon and Austin. Using her digital photos to select a picture to paint, she then studies the scene or object, dissect it into shapes and colours and then creates a painting which is unique. Working in either water colour or oil, she says she prefers landscapes because they are so alive. Hale has an art teaching certificate, taught in the Lyon County School District and is an art instructor for Rising Sun Gallery and Art Studios.
Award-winning oil and acrylic artist Rita McFadden, scenic photographer Matthew Tholl and the original crewel embroidery of Edna Van Leuven will also be shown during the first two weeks of June.
The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For information, call Patricia at 775-294-4135 or at facebook.com/risingsunartgallery.
Learn more about eastern Nevada
View eastern Nevada as it was 115-120 million years ago when volcanoes were active and the local wildlife included Anklyosaurus, Hypsilophodonts and Iguanadons.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Visiting Assistant Professor Joshua Bonde will talk about that and more at 3:30 p.m., on June 15 at the Nevada Northern Railway Museum, 1100 Avenue A, in Ely.
The presentation is free to the public and is hosted by Nevada Northern Railway and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District to promote Paleontology awareness. To learn more, contact Lisa Gilbert, BLM Ely District archaeologist technician, at 775-289-1862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reno museums host reciprocal admission days
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) and the National Automobile Museum are hosting reciprocal admission days today and Saturday.
Membership cardholders from both museums will be granted free access to either museum on both days.
The Discovery will feature an antique fire truck from the National Automobile Museum outside on the plaza, where visitors can climb aboard for a photo op. They will also be showing The Bill Harrah Story and the Magic Carriage throughout the day. The National Automobile Museum will feature a pasta car activity created by The Discovery. Families can design and build their own automotive creation using ordinary dried pasta and then test it on a sloped track.
For added fun, a scavenger hunt spanning both museums will take place. Those who finish the hunt will be entered in a drawing for a $50 prize that includes a $25 gift certificate from each museum store.
The Discovery is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the National Automobile Museum is open from 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. today and Saturday.
Annual Chautauqua festival
Nevada Humanities presents the 22nd Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival June 24-27 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road in Reno.
Founded by Nevada Humanities in Reno in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua has inspired many Chautauqua events around the globe and is one of the longest-running Chautauqua festivals in the nation. Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua programs provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues.
Reno’s weeklong celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout Northern Nevada, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances.
This year’s evening performances explore the theme “No Dream Deferred,” and feature performances of legendary characters including Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Henry Ford, Langston Hughes and Julia Morgan.
The June 24 evening program is free and will feature performances by the Young Chautauquans who have participated in Nevada Humanities’ 2013 Great Basin Young Chautauqua program. All evening events June 24-27 begin with a musical performance by a local band followed by two theatrical Chautauqua presentations.
Gates open at 5 p.m., music starts at 6 p.m., and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets for ticketed shows June 25-27 are $25 per night for seats; lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children ages 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn.
Plenty of comfortable seats are available, as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair.
Tickets are available for purchase online at http://www.nevadahumanities.org. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance if performances are not sold out in advance.
Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy barbecue meals provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Parking is plentiful and free.
Free daytime events are scheduled throughout the Truckee Meadows area for the week of June 22-27, including an architectural walking tour, lectures, workshops and children’s activities. A complete schedule of daytime events is available at http://www.nevadahumanities.org