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DATE: July 20, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
e-mail: Mike_Brown@nv.blm.gov


The Summer 2005 History in the Park - Stories from the West continues with a presentation entitled “Surviving the Cure, Medicine on the California Trail” on Tuesday, July 26th, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.

The talk will be given by the “Trail Ladies” - local Toastmasters Helen Hankins, Mary Jo King, Janice Collett, and Jan Peterson. King and Collett are long-time Elko residents and active in the local Toastmasters Club. Peterson is a long-time Elko resident and historian. Hankins is the Field Manager of the BLM Elko Field Office.

Hankins described the presentation, “Medical treatment in the mid-1800s was haphazard at best. The California gold rush coincided with a world-wide cholera epidemic. Gold-seekers would spread the cholera throughout the trail. Medical knowledge about the cause and treatment of cholera was limited. Patients actually stood a better chance of survival if they were not treated by a physician. The presentation will look at some of the medical practices and techniques done on the journey West in the mid-19th century ... and the people who did or did not survive the treatments.”

The Summer 2005 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, 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.


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