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Thursday, March 19th with “Sisters of the Sage” The lives of Lillian V. Finnegan and Anna N. Harris

We are pleased to continue the 2020 Lecture Series with the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture!

Special Taco Bar Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.

Lecture Description:  These influential women from the early days of Nevada will meet to reminisce about their early lives, the suffrage movement and their accomplishments as women, in both Carson Valley and the state of Nevada.

Lillian Virgin Finnegan was born in Genoa, Nevada in 1877. Attended Nevada State University, graduating from the Normal School Program in 1897. Thereafter, she was a school teacher in Genoa, as well as other Nevada towns, until marrying her husband, Louis Finnegan in 1907.

In 1914 she was a member of the Douglas County Equal Franchise Society and instrumental in helping women gain the right to vote in statewide elections.  She was actively involved with the Red Cross during the years of the First World War.

She is more prominently known as the originator of the Genoa Candy Dance Festival in 1919. A statue of Lillian Virgin Finnegan was recently unveiled in that town.

Anna Norgard Harris was born in Denmark in 1858 and came to Genoa in 1860.  At the age of 19 she married Mr. M. Harris who owned a mercantile in Genoa. Anna operated the store on her own, for extended periods of time, when her husband was absent.

Moving the business to Gardnerville, Anna petitioned for and won a Sole Traders Permit, virtually unheard of for a woman in the State of Nevada at that time. Her store Harris & Sons Mercantile has long been remembered in the history of Carson Valley.

Bios:  Lillian Virgin Finnegan is portrayed by accomplished Chautauquan Kim Harris. Additionally, Harris portrays Julia Bulette and several other characters from history. She is also the events manager at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.

Anna Norgard Harris is portrayed by accomplished Chautauquan DebiLynn Smith. Smith not only portrays other notable historic women, but is also a member of the Nevada Civil War Volunteers.

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

Come early and enjoy dinner before the lecture! We are serving a special Taco Bar dinner before the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

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