Governor's Mansion site of book signing

Join author Jack Harpster at the Nevada State Museum 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday for a presentation and book signing, "100 Years at the Nevada Governors' Mansion."

Harpster's newest book was published Sept. 12 as part of the state's official Centennial Celebration of the Governor's Mansion. The book emphasizes the interesting, humorous and very human stories of the families who lived in the mansion, including warm-hearted stories about the children.

Jack Harpster, a 23-year Nevadan and currently a resident of Reno, retired in 2002 following 43 years on the business management side of the newspaper industry. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Harpster first began writing following his retirement.

He has four non-fiction books published, and two others contracted for publication in 2010. Most of his books are in the biography genre and four of the six have been contracted with academic publishers.

Three of Harpster's six books are Nevada stories: "Helping Hands, Helping Hearts: The Story of Opportunity Village," published in 2007; "King of the Slots: William "Si" Redd, A Life," will be published in 2010.

Harpster has also published articles in leading periodicals, including Nevada, The Writer, Travel & Leisure, and Kiwanis magazines.

This program is part of the museum's Frances Humphrey lecture series, now the fourth Thursday of the month. Regular admission fees apply. Contact Deborah Stevenson, curator of education, at 687-4810, Ext. 237 or dstevenson@


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