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Lecture Series

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Join us for an exciting lecture brought to you by The Comstock Foundation and Piper's Opera House! Thursday, May 6, 2021 Kim Harris Chataqua - Elizabeth Bacon Custer Elizabeth (Libbie) Bacon Custer was an American author and public speaker, and the wife of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer, United States Army. She spent most […]

Lecture Series

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Reno Now & Then Presented by Neal Cobb "The significance of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode played an important part in the creation of Reno. A town where gambling, divorce, and much more put Reno on the national and international stage. A combination of Neal’s "Reno Now & Then" books 1&2, featuring opposite pages […]

Lecture Series

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Around the World in 80 Movies Presented by Robin Holabird Author Robin Holabird presents readings and images from her new book “Around the World in 80 Movies” combining bucket-list destinations with must-see movies about those regions. In a highly imaginative blend of film locations, memories, and colorful travel essays, Robin Holabird offers an extensive and […]

Lecture Series: Charley Parkhurst – Infamous Comstock Stage Coach Driver

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

“Charley Parkhurst” Known as one of the premiere “whips” of all stage drivers, One-Eyed Charley Parkhurst came to the West from Rhode Island during the Gold Rush era of the 1850s.  At times Charley worked with famous local stage driver Hank Monk who was known as the “Jehu of the Sierras”.   Charley’s route was at […]

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Lecture Series: When Hollywood “Kinda” Came to the Comstock by Mike Fischer

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Join us for another exciting lecture brought to you by Piper's Opera House and The Comstock Foundation! The premiere of the movie Virginia City in 1940 was a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde occurrence. The Reno portion went off without significant issue. The Virginia City portion was almost without any successes. Learn the details of […]

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(Cancelled) Lecture Series: Virginia City Cocktails 1870’s with Garrett Barmore

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

**Unfortunately we have cancelled this event - stay tuned for possible rescheduling** Join us for another exciting lecture brought to you by Piper's Opera House and The Comstock Foundation! In 1875 a staff writer for the New York Tribune wrote: "... here (Virginia City) are drinking saloons more gorgeous in appointment than any in San […]

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Lecture Series

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Iron Women Presented by Chris Enss When the last spike was hammered into the steel track of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, Utah, Western Union lines sounded the glorious news of the railroad’s completion from New York to San Francisco. For more than five years an estimated four thousand men […]

Lecture Series: Virginia City Cocktails 1870’s with Garrett Barmore (Rescheduled)

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Join us for another exciting lecture brought to you by Piper's Opera House and The Comstock Foundation! In 1875 a staff writer for the New York Tribune wrote: "... here (Virginia City) are drinking saloons more gorgeous in appointment than any in San Francisco, Philadelphia, or New York...". Virginia City in the 1870s was a […]

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Lecture Series: “Whiskey and Gun Smoke on the Old Comstock” by Gregory Crouch

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Join us for another exciting lecture brought to you by Piper's Opera House and The Comstock Foundation! “Although Virginia City had a hard reputation, I know from personal experience that it was as orderly as a Quaker meeting in comparison with either Bodie in the late 1870s and early ‘80s, or Aurora in the early 1860s, […]

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Lecture Series: “My Life with Will James” by Kim Harris

Piper's Opera House 12 B. StreetVirginia City,

Join us for another exciting chautauqua performance by Kim Harris as she performs Alice Conradt James. This living history program brings to life the adventures of Alice Conradt James. Alice Conradt was just 16 years old when she married 28-year-old Will James, in Reno, Nevada. Alice met James through her brother Fred, not long after […]

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