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Mrs. Mackay and the Bonanza King with Veronica Fraser, presented by the Historic Reno Preservation Society

Mrs. Mackay and the Bonanza King with Veronica Fraser, presented by the Historic Reno Preservation Society

Join us at the Downtown Reno Library for the Historic Reno Preservation Society's Second Sunday series, featuring speaker Veronica Fraser and her presentation: Mrs. Mackay and the Bonanza King: A Chautauqua Presentation.

Born in New York City in 1843, Louise Mackay spoke four languages and became known for her quick wit, generosity and charm, and was a hostess of international fame in Paris and London. But her focus was always on her husband John Mackay, her children and extended family. Louise and John met in 1866 and they were married in Virginia City. John’s physical stamina and knowledge of Nevada’s Comstock Lode, and his wise choices in partners, paid off when they hit the silver bonanza that made the mining district famous. 

Veronica Fraser has been active in community theater for more than 30 years in three states. Shortly before the COVID 19 pandemic began, she enrolled in a class at OLLI called, “Be a Chautauquan.” She had just finished reading “The Bonanza King” by Gregory Crouch, and about a hundred years of Nevada history opened for her along with a connection to Louise and John Mackay.  

Historic Reno Preservation Society’s free programs offer topics related to Reno and Nevada history.

More HRPS information is availbale at historicreno.org or on Facebook.

Date:
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Time:
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location:
Auditorium
Branch:
Downtown Reno Library
Categories:
Community History Local Interest