Lecture Series Continues! – Thursday, September 15th with Pete Mires “Wicked Virginia City “
Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.
Description: Perched on the side of a mountain in the Nevada desert, Virginia City existed for one reason only: to make money. The mining frenzy of the mid-nineteenth century uncovered veins of precious metals that would be expressed in billions today, attracting the enterprising madam Cad Thompson, the charismatic highwayman Nickanora and a plethora of swindlers. Miners, flush with their wages, supported a healthy economy of gambling, drinking, and prostitution and even launched a few political careers. Sam Clemens, who became Mark Twain while reporting for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, called it “the livest town that America had ever produced.” Join author Peter B. Mires as he explores the seamy side of this quintessential mining boomtown. He will be selling and signing copies of his book Wicked Virginia City at the event.
BIO: Peter B. Mires, a Vermont native, first came out west in 1990 and has been fascinated with northern Nevada ever since. He received his Ph.D. in historical geography from Louisiana State University in 1988 and subsequently taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Delaware, and Western Nevada College. His publications include six books and more than fifty scholarly articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces. Dr. Mires is retired and lives in Reno, and when not reading or writing he may be found hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail or exploring the Nevada outback.
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.
Please call 775-847-0111 to make a reservation or use the form below: