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Lecture/ Entertainment Series Begins – 2020! “Lillian Virgin Finnegan” by Kim Copel-Harris – Chautauqua performance

Thursday, August 20th

Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. and lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.  $10 each

** We will be limiting the sign ups to no more than 30 people and we will use “social distancing” in the Great Room in order to be safe for this lecture. **

Kim Copel-Harris provides another stunning Chautauqua for your pleasure as Lillian Virgin Finnegan.

Lillian May Virgin was born October 6, 1877 to Judge Daniel Webster Virgin and Mary Raycraft Virgin in Genoa, Nevada. Lillian was educated at the Nevada State University, graduating in 1897 and was a teacher in the Nevada towns of Golconda, Clear Creek, Glenbrook, Genoa and Goldfield. In February 1907 Lillian married Louis Serratt Finnegan, a prominent Goldfield businessman, at her home in Genoa.

Lillian and Louis built a small house on the property of her parents in Genoa, so they spent much time there. In 1919 Lillian suggested the idea of a dance and homemade candy sale to raise money to purchase street lights for Genoa, NV.  Thus the “Candy Dance” was born!

Louis S. Finnegan died on July 13,1926.  Lillian died in Genoa, NV on February 6, 1938 at the age of 60. They are both buried in the Virgin family plot of the Genoa Cemetery in Douglas County, NV.

In August of 2019, Lillian Virgin Finnegan was honored in Genoa, NV with a bronze statue of her likeness, placed on the Main Street of the town.

Bio:  Kim Harris is an accomplished Chauatauquan who has portrayed living history characters at various venues including Genoa Cowboy Festival, Pipers Opera House, the Gold Hill Hotel and The Lake Tahoe Chautauqua Festival.

Harris currently serves as president of the Friends of Snowshoe Thompson organization in Genoa. She is also the Events Manager at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden, NV, and is the owner and operator of Western History ALIVE!  where she portrays several Chautauqua characters that helped to shape Northern California and Nevada’s early days, as well as the West.

Lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $10 per person.

Come early and enjoy dinner before the lecture! We Serve dinner before the lecture at 5, 5:30, & 6 p.m.

Please fill out this reservation form to sign up for this exciting lecture:

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Dinner and Lecture or Lecture only? Dinner and Lecture
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If you are coming to the dinner and Lecture, what time would you like to dine with us? 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
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