Double Down - A Blog
As regular readers of this blog will already know, Nevada's Hidden Stories is a partnership we have in place with Reno Public Radio - an occasional series, produced by Rachel Hopkin, that sheds light on the unique people, places, and communities which make this state the place we call home.
The most recent report was put together in honor of Veterans' Day and is about an unusual art project based in Reno called Combat Paper Nevada. Combat Paper Nevada is part of a range of artistic activities organised by the David...
When we speak to people who support the work of Nevada Humanities they almost always talk about how our programs make them feel more deeply engaged in their communities, or how our programs have driven home ideas and perspectives about what it means to be a Nevadan.
In 2004, my first year as an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, I had the privilege of meeting Dolores Huerta. She was invited to UNR to speak and was awarded an honorary doctorate—one of nine she holds. Huerta has been recognized for her life-long work as a grassroots organizer and the instrumental role she played during the civil rights movement. She remains at the forefront of so many important causes: workers’ rights, civil and human rights, the advancement of women, and the environment. Twice she received U.S. presidential awards: the Medal of Freedom (2012) and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Awards (1998).
Like many who have the privilege of meeting great leaders, when I first met Dolores Huerta, I was humbled by her presence. Very few...
A favorite thing for me regarding the time I spend in Tuscarora is what seems to be an endless opportunity for something new to do to keep me from doing what I ought to do. Earlier this summer, a neighbor’s cattle were a fixture in our community. For a few of those days, a large Angus bull took a shine to the shade and the cool grass in our yard. We forged a special relationship.
Now first, yes, I know, as anyone who lives in rural Nevada must know (and accept) that Nevada is a “fence out” state. If you don’t want cows in your yard, then build a good fence. Building fences isn’t a strong suit for me, and the Angus bull made himself at home.
I called my ranching friend and let them know of my problem, and they reminded me that it truly was my problem, not theirs...
In their heyday, Tuscarora and Jarbidge had populations of approximately 4000 and 1500, respectively. Today, they each have less than 100 year-round residents. Whereas they at one time had enough residents to sustain schools and other vital services, they are now at risk of becoming ghost towns. And if it were not for the commitment and love that locals indefatigably demonstrate for these unincorporated communities in Elko County, Nevada, they would surely become specters of an era long past. Instead, they remain full of life and unique opportunities for engaging with others and nature.
I had the privilege of visiting these two areas for the first time in early August of this year. Tuscarora is approximately 50 miles northwest of Elko while Jarbidge sits 100 miles northeast;...
(Guest blogger Denny Hope was born and raised in Reno, and attended North Valleys High School. Currently attending TMCC, Denny is pursuing degrees in English and Communications.)
I can’t remember the first time I saw Robin Williams on screen. He was present in various movies of my childhood: Hook (1991); Aladdin (1992); Mrs. Doubtfire (1993); Jumanji (1995); Jack (1996); Flubber (1997). I can recall that by the time the latter was released I not only knew who Robin Williams was, but I knew that he was special.
I was 5.
I don’t know how I came to recognize an actor as ‘great’ before I could spell the word recognize……or actor…..or great, but it happened. Maybe my parents pointed at the screen and told me...
This is my last blog as a Nevada Humanities staff member. Friday was my final day with the organisation and on Saturday I started the 2000 mile plus drive from Las Vegas to Columbus, OH, where I’m due to embark on a PhD in Folklore in a couple of weeks.
Working for Nevada Humanities has been a privilege, as has being in Nevada. I’ve lost count of the number of different places I’ve lived in as an adult but the Silver State definitely ranks among my favourites.
As a way of marking my moving on, I thought I’d make a list of the top five things I’m going to miss about living here.
In no particular order:
- THE SPRING MOUNTAIN RANGE: Red Rock Canyon, Blue Diamond Hills, Lovell Canyon, Mount Charleston; these beautiful places - all so close to hand to my...
Who would own an independent bookstore in this day and age?
Christine Kelly, that’s who.
Christine is the owner of Sundance Books and Music in downtown Reno, the silver state’s largest independent bookstore. I was privileged to spend some time with this wonderful woman as she’s the focus of the latest edition of Nevada’s Hidden Stories (an occasional series that sheds light on the unique people, places, and communities that make Nevada the place we call home).
To find out more about Christine’s journey to her role at the helm of Sundance, take a listen here:
My mother, Ruthe Deskin, a third generation Nevadan was born in Yerington, Nevada, once known as Pizen Switch. Through the years, she was fondly referred to by others as “the girl from Pizen Switch.”
During her school years in Yerington, she served as the editor of the high school newspaper, and captain of the championship girls’ basketball team. Her best friend Mugs (Marjorie Guild Russell) nicknamed her Cutie which stuck throughout high school.
When she graduated from high school, her father moved the family into Reno as he was determined to have his children attend college.
She graduated from UNR in 1937 with a degree...