Date: June 11, 2007
CONTACT: Mike Brown, (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE NO. 2007-77
SUMMER TALK SERIES BEGINS FIFTH YEAR
The Summer 2007 History in the Park - Stories from the West talks will kick off with a presentation on Halleck – The Man and The Fort - on Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
Mike Brown, Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office will present the General Halleck and Fort Halleck talk.
According to Brown, General Henry Halleck was one of the few military commanders to have a fort named for him while he was still alive. In Halleck’s case, he had not one, but two forts, named in his honor – Fort Halleck in Wyoming and Fort Halleck in Nevada.
"He’s a very interesting character," said Brown. "Some nicknamed him 'Old Brains' for his military knowledge; but others such as General George McClellan remarked ‘Of all the men whom I have encountered in high position Halleck was the most hopelessly stupid.’"
The talk will also look at life at Fort Halleck in Elko County.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the BLM 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.
“Our lecture series remains popular," said Claudia Wines, Director of the Northeastern Nevada Museum and organizer of the lecture series, "This will be our fifth summer of having the talks. We’re still 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 all 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:
Frontier Medicine, June 26
Mule Packing Demonstration, July 10
Soiled Doves, July 17
Fort Ruby, July 31
Outlaws and Law Officers of Wells and Elko, August 7
All talks begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays 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.