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Nevada Historical Society presents High Noon with Neal Cobb: The Origin and Evolution of the Basque Hotel with Dr. Michael E. Fischer
High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb is a wonderful history series that delves into fascinating Nevada topics with local experts. Neal Cobb is a passionate historian and honorary curator for the Nevada Historical Society. He loves all things Nevada. Join Neal Cobb and our monthly speaker as we explore interesting topics and join in the audience conversations.
Learn more about the origin and evolution of the Basque Hotel in Nevada with Dr. Michael E. Fischer. Probably most of us have eaten in a Basque restaurant and perhaps sipped a Picon Punch before the meal. Most of these restaurants were hotels serving the boarders meals family-style long before they started serving meals to the public as restaurants. This program shows the necessity for these hotels, their evolution from a basic boarding house to a retirement home, and why the properties were a welcome respite for the lonely Basque herder who often did not speak English and had only a rudimentary education.
Fischer was raised and educated in Reno public schools and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California. After working in private practice for 31 years, Fischer retired from dentistry and was appointed, serving in both Gov. Gibbons’ and Gov. Sandoval’s cabinet until the Department of Cultural
Affairs was formally disbanded. He is now an independent scholar whose interests include the history of Nevada cowboys and ranching, politics, bootlegging, gambling, and crime.
This event is part of a series. Registration is for this event only. Click here to see the other events in this series.
- Thursday, April 15, 2021
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Digital Library