Museum Hours: Mon - Sat, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm & Sun, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

History Symposium: 1910–1920 Battles at Home and Abroad

1910 – 1920: Battles At Home and Abroad
Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30, 2020, 4 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.



Register Today! Only $60 Per Person. Space is Limited


Authors – Historians – Experts

Many will argue about which decade has been our most important, but few will debate that 1910 to 1920 has to be near the top of the list. We fought the first of the great World Wars, dived headlong into the industrial revolution, launched the women’s suffrage movement, experienced anti-radical hysteria, and faced the first of many “Red Scares.”

Join us for the 17th Annual History Symposium at the National Automobile Museum on April 29th, 30th and May 2nd for a chance to learn about these tumultuous years from award-winning authors and lectures such as Geoffrey Wawro, David Pietrusza, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eileen Welsome and many other topic experts.

In these turbulent years, America faced social reform at home (labor unrest, racial discrimination, environmentalism, etc.) and grappled with foreign relations during a time when alliances, imperialism, communism, militarism and nationalism were at the forefront. The Museum’s History Symposium will explore our punitive expedition into Mexico to capture Pancho Villa and its impact on our military’s preparation for WWI. Hear how Teddy Roosevelt became obsessed with preparing the nation for battle after the 1925 sinking of the Lusitania and the opposition from President Woodrow Wilson.

The “war to end all wars” was far reaching: it ended empires, launched new nations, modernized warfare, and changed the economic balance of the world. European countries were left deep in debt, while America became the leading industrial power and creditor.

The lessons, and mistakes, of this period have been far reaching. What medical advances learned on the battlefield are still benefiting us today? How did our victory set the stage for the next World War? When did cars first get an electric starter? Why did the U.S. pursue draft dodger Grover Cleveland Bergdoll for 20 years?

Whether you’re a professional educator seeking in-service credit or just an amateur history buff, you’re sure to enjoy this fascinating annual symposium that’s gained national recognition.

Registration is $60 (Meals Are Extra). Daily admission to the world-class Museum is included. You can register by calling or emailing Barbara Clark at (775) 333-9300 or Pre-registration is required of all participants.

Teachers Earn One Inservice Credit

The Museum will be applying to the Nevada Department of Education for Teachers to Earn One Inservice Credit. The Museum has received this annually for its Symposiums.


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