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Lecture Series

May 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 of their marriage in relatively close proximity to him despite his numerous military campaigns in the American Civil War and subsequent postings on the Great Plains as a commanding officer in the United States Cavalry.

Left nearly destitute in the aftermath of her husband’s death, she became an outspoken advocate for his legacy through her popular books and lectures. Largely as a result of her decades of campaigning on his behalf, General Custer’s iconic image as the gallant fallen hero amid the glory of Custer’s Last Stand was a canon of American history for almost a century after his death.

Unlike a character actor or actress simply reciting a script, Chautauquans are essentially historians who research their chosen character’s life, write a monologue to perform the character, endlessly rehearse their presentation and then present the character to a live audience. All the while they stay in character until the very end when questions can be answered by the historian themselves.

Performing as a Chautauquan for over 10 years via her business “Western History ALIVE!”, Kim Harris regularly portrays several local and national historic figures which include Pony Express rider Warren Upson, stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst, Genoa and Nevada suffragist Lillian Virgin Finnegan, frontierswoman Calamity Jane and acquitted axe murderess Lizzie Borden.

Lecture starts at 7pm; Doors open at 6:30pm – Purchase tickets HERE

Cash bar upstairs

Due to current restrictions, maximum capacity is 100 individuals for this event. Masks must be worn at all times. We appreciate your cooperation so that we can continue to have these small events!


Piper’s Opera House
12 B. Street
Virginia City, 89440 United States
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