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This is the last lecture of 2022!  A very special holiday lecture and a perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Lecture/ Entertainment Series Continues! “Christmas in Nevada” by Patricia Cafferata – a lecture and book signing!

Thursday, December 1st

Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.  $10 each


The delightful and touching stories in Christmas in Nevada tell how Nevadans have celebrated the holiday, from 1858 to the present day. Some are told by well-known Nevadans, such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Robert Laxalt, and former governors Bob List and Richard Bryan, but much more of the book shows ordinary Nevadans celebrating in diverse ways the wonders of the season. The range of the state’s ethnic and immigrant heritage is showcased by stories of Basque, Mexican American, Native American, and African American celebrations, along with traditions of Italian, German, Danish, and Serbian origin. Some of the more unusual accounts include the story of three miners trapped underground for forty-five days during the Christmas season, Tonopah’s “Nevergreen” tree, and Reno’s Santa Pub Crawl with thousands of costumed revelers. Through extensive research and personal interviews, Patricia D. Cafferata has created a heartwarming collection of stories, guaranteed to be treasured. Whether Santa arrives on a sleigh in a mining camp in Silver Peak, Esmeralda County, or a zip line down Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Christmas in Nevada brings warm memories, excitement, and good cheer.


Author, historian, and attorney, Patty Cafferata is a life-long resident of Reno, Nevada. Her background includes a diverse career in the law and politics. The first political office she served in was the Nevada Assembly. In 1982, when she was elected Nevada State Treasurer, she became the first woman elected to any constitutional office in the state. Cafferata has also served as district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties at different times. 

Cafferata wrote and published nine books on Nevada history, including the University of Nevada Press’ book Christmas in Nevada, a history of how Nevadans have and continue to celebrate the holiday. And, she co-authored her mother’s memoirs, Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress and Back Again, also published by the University of Nevada Press.

Cafferata and her late husband, H. Treat Cafferata, M.D, have three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

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 4:30, 5:00 & 5:30 p.m. 

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