DATE: August 3, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2004-52
SUMMER TALK SERIES CONCLUDES
The Summer 2004 History in the Park - Stories from the West series wraps up with a
presentation on 19th century cooking and the Donner Party on Tuesday, August 10th, 7:00 p.m.
on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
The talk, entitled “Donner Party Cooking Strategies,” will be given by noted Western
American Historian Terry Del Bene.
Del Bene described his talk, “The presentation will give an entertaining and different way
of looking at the ill- fated Donner Party emigrant train of 1846-1847. The program will include a
discussion of a variety of recipes which members of a wagon train might have used before fate
thrust other food choices upon them.”
Terry Del Bene lives in Green River, Wyoming. He holds a doctorate degree from the
University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Washington State University. He works
for the Bureau of Land Management as an archaeologist. He has published numerous articles
about the Civil War. He performs living history throughout the country and is an instructor for
the Cultural and Living History section of the National Association for Interpretation. He is the
author of The Donner Party Cookbook which was released by Horse Creek Publications of
Norman, Oklahoma in October 2003. The book contains a brief history of the Donner Party as
well as a variety of 19th Century recipes.
There will be a book signing in the Museum following Del Bene’s presentation.
The Summer 2004 History in the Park - Stories from the West program is a free lecture
series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Several of the talks
focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the
Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, the talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held
behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talk will be moved
indoors to the Museum Theater. The talk is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a
lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.
For more information, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-