Pershing County: 100 Years

 

 

Join us for a presentation and conversation with the authors of the new book, Pershing County: 100 Years, on Saturday, November 10th from 2:00-3:30pm.

Although Nevada has found an international identity in its role as a gambling mecca, the state includes many friendly small towns and sprawling ranches, as well as scenic backcountry, historic ghost towns, farms, mines, and a diverse population of hard-working people. Pershing County, Nevada's youngest county, was created in 1919. As it celebrates its centennial, the county looks back on the long history of its land and people, and ahead to its enduring role as one of Nevada's most important agricultural and mining centers.

The four contributors, all with deep roots in Pershing County, offer an engaging account of the county's settlement, which spans many millennia from the wandering hunter-gatherers of ancient times to more recent arrivals from Europe, China, and Latin America. Here are stories of mining booms, ghost towns, and bustling twenty-first-century mines; Native Americans and pioneers; community leaders, ranchers, and eccentrics, and the development of Lovelock, the county's administrative seat and one of the most charming and livable small towns in the West. The authors also tell of a varied and often stunningly beautiful landscape that includes snow-covered mountains, lush wetlands, and Pershing County's Black Rock Desert, one of North America's largest deserts, the site of the annual Burning Man countercultural gathering, and the book includes a first-person account of the event and commentary on the cultural mission of Burning Man and its attendees.

 

Deanne Munk Davidson is a third generation Nevadan and has lived most of her life in Pershing County. She grew up on the Munk Bros. Ranch, presently the List Ranch, and later lived on her family-owned Ruddell Ranch, the ranch property established by George Lovelock. Deanne is an educator and enjoys photography in her retirement.

Pat Ferraro Klos is a third-generation Nevadan with roots in seven northern Nevada counties. She is an historian, writer, educator, and historic preservationist who lived for many years in Lovelock. She lives in Reno.

Lynda Killfoil Quilici has lived in Lovelock Valley most of her life. Her numerous siblings and their families are spread over much of northern Nevada. She is an artist, educator, and designer, and currently owns and lives on the Rye Patch Ranch northeast of Lovelock.

Jane Fundis Tors is a second-generation Nevadan, born and raised in Lovelock. Her career in communications includes more than a decade of service at her alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno. She lives in Reno, where she has also served on several boards of area nonprofit organizations.

Event date: 
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
Pershing County: 100 Years Cover Image
$32.95
ISBN: 9781936097166
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Baobab Press, LLC. - October 9th, 2018