Frances Humphrey Lecture Series at the Nevada State Museum

Lectures in this popular series are presented on the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 – 8 pm at the state Museum. Doors open at 6 pm; $8 for adults; free for museum members & ages 17 & under Reserve a seat for each lecture 30 days in advance on our website events page. For more info: (775) 687-4810 ext. 243.

April 25

Carson Opera House, Carson City

History of Northern Nevada Theatre

by Jim Bernardi, Ph.D.

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Aurora/Bodie Chinese Woodcutters Exhibit at Nevada State Museum Carson City

Chinese woodcutters

This 1908 photograph by J. Holman Buck shows wood being hauled by a team of burros in Bodie, California in 1908. [Photo courtesy of Nevada Historical Society]

In their heydays in the boom-and-bust mining culture of the late 1800s, the mining camps of Aurora, Nevada and nearby Bodie, California had a combined population of nearly 20,000.

Keeping the thriving camps supplied was an ongoing challenge.

A little-known piece of history of the two boomtowns – the role of the Chinese woodcutters who supplied firewood and charcoal to the camps – is the subject of a major new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum. Continue reading