DATE: June 3, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2005-38
SUMMER TALK SERIES BEGINS
The Summer 2005 History in the Park - Stories from the West talks will kick off with a presentation about the Guns of the Gold Rush on Tuesday, June 14th, 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. Many 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, “Our lecture series is continuing to grow. We’ll have seven talks this season. We’re one of the best summer entertainment deals in Elko. People show up with blankets or lawn chairs, sit on the lawn behind the Museum on a pleasant summer’s evening, and hear wonderful stories about the West … and it’s free. Once again, the Nevada Humanities Council has kindly joined us in sponsoring the series. We’ve got a great lineup of talks.”
Topics for the series include Guns of the Gold Rush (June 14th), Joseph R. Walker, Mountain Man Extraordinaire (June 28th), The Pony Express Rides (July 12th), Outlaws and Law Officers of Wells and Elko (July 19th), Surviving the Cure; Medicine on the California Trail (July 26th), Caleb Greenwood; The Oldest Trail Guide (August 9th) and The First Forest Ranger; Early History of the Forest Service (August 23rd).
The first talk on June 14th, 7:00 p.m., is Guns of the Gold Rush and will be presented by BLM Elko California Trails Center Manager Dave Jamiel.
Jamiel described, “In Captain Randolph Marcy’s 1859 guide book he said ‘Always look at your gun, but never let your gun look at you.’ That was sound advice. Over 300,000 people made the trek to California between 1841 and 1870. They carried with them almost every type of civilian and military firearm of the period. During this period, firearms evolved from muzzle loading, single shot to repeating breech loading cartridge weapons.”
The presentation will discuss the advances in firearms technology, and stories of how these changes in technologies affected the experiences of the emigrant on the trail and in the gold camp. Part of the program will include a firearms display of weapons from the period.
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 grass.
For more information about the series, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.