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Artown Talks in the Library by the Nevada Historical Society
July 13 at 1 pm: Title: Before Reno and Sparks: Early Communities in the Truckee Meadows
Early settlers in the Truckee Meadows knew nothing of Reno or Sparks. Instead, they lived in communities like Eastman Mill and Brown's Crossing - villages whose names no longer appear on modern maps. This talk offers a quick look at some of these forgotten places.
Presenter: Betsy Morse- After a career as a National Weather Service meteorologist, Betsy Morse retired and moved to Reno. She has been a volunteer with the Nevada Historical Society for the last decade, where she works in the research library and gives school tours. She loves learning about the history of the state and sharing what she has learned with others. Ms. Wakayama is one of her favorite artifacts at the NHS.
July 13 at 1:30 pm: Title: Gaming as a microcosm of American History
The material culture of gaming can tell us more than one might think. This talk will look at gaming artifacts and manufacturers of gaming paraphernalia over the years. It will discuss how the process of making gaming pieces reflects American history. For example, what substances were gaming tokens made from, metals, plastic or a combination of the two? Does this reflect what products were most readily available during that era? Where were the pieces being manufactured at what periods of time and why? What type of art is depicted on the gaming chips? In the past, there were scantily clad women on many gaming and casino material objects, modernly this has changed which reflects changes in American society.
Presenter: Marc Ullom Marc Ullom- Marc began his professional career as an industrial engineer with B.F. Goodrich in Akron, Ohio in 1968. His projects in the aerospace industry for Goodrich included developing and implementing construction methods and standards for escape slide systems for Boeing 747 and Lockheed L-1011 aircraft. A graduate of the University of Akron, Marc practiced law for forty years until 2012, was licensed in the state courts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and in federal jurisdictions sitting in those states. Throughout his career, Marc has also served nonprofit organizations in a variety of positions, including: United Church of Christ local churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Nevada as a moderator, Elder, Deacon, Lay Minister, and Treasurer. And, Marc is currently a docent and the Treasurer of the Docent Council at the Nevada Historical Society. Marc works on the American Gaming Archives at the Nevada Historical Society.