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Lecture Series Continues – Thursday, May 2nd with CW Bayer’s “Strychnine Banjo” – The most Famous Mining song composed in Virginia City in 1868.

We are pleased to continue the 2019 Lecture Series with the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture!

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

An entertaining talk about entertainment! Mark Twain compared the effect of the banjo to the effect of strychnine whiskey. CW Bayer will present, THE STRYCHNINE BANJO, Charley Rhoades, Jake Wallace and “The Days of ’49”—a slide show and discussion. On an historical minstrel banjo, CW will play the most famous mining song of the 19th century, composed in Virginia City during 1868. 

Bio:  CW Bayer has authored several books on local history: Dreaming Up Nevada Territory (a talk he gave us last fall), Rhymes From The Silver State-historical lyrics, and The Strychnine Banjo—the subject of this talk. He performs music—originals and standards— in Virginia City regularly at the Canvas Cafe and all the best saloons.

Lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $5 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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