DATE: June 3, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-43
SUMMER TALK SERIES BEGINS
The Summer 2004 History in the Park - Stories from the West talks will kick off with a
presentation about 49ers and the Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 15th, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the
City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the
Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, the History in the Park - Stories from the West is
a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Most of
the talks will focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
Claudia Wines, Director of the Northeastern Nevada Museum and organizer of the
lecture series, commented, “We had so much fun with last year’s stories that we decided to do it
again. The number of people who came to the talks was amazing. This year, the Nevada
Humanities Council has joined us in sponsoring the series. We’ve got a great lineup of talks and
we’re bringing in some noted historians.”
Topics for the series include Stories from the California Trail (June 15th), Impact of the
Gold Rush on Mormon Settlements in the Great Basin (June 29th), Law and Disorder on the
California Trail (July 13th), Women’s Perspectives on the California Trail (July 27th), and Donner
Party Cooking Strategies (August 10th).
The first talk on June 15th, 7:00 p.m., is called Characters to California and will be
presented by BLM Elko Public Affairs Officer Mike Brown.
Brown described, “Hundreds of thousands of people not only heard the news of gold in
California, but packed up stakes and headed West to find their share of the wealth. The
experience of those gold seekers added a profound chapter to the fabric of American History.
Those experiences also produced hundreds of thousands of stories - one for every man, woman,
and child who made the journey west. The talk will focus on the stories of several people and
their adventures on the road to California.”
All talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the
event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum theater. All talks are
free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the
For more information about the series, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko,