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Annual History Symposium

NAM Annual History Symposium

1910 to 1920: Some of These Days


Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday November 3-5, 2021, 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with optional HRPS Walking Tour Sunday, November 7 at 1 p.m.


Presented by  the National Automobile Museum

Reno, Nevada

Everyone is Invited

This is an ideal event for history and automobile enthusiasts and those simply interested in unique, thought-provoking presentations.

Register Today!

$75 Per Person (early bird through 10/29/2021)

$90 Per Person on or after 10/30/2021

Space is Limited

Teachers receive up to 11 hours of state-approved Professional Development hours for participation.

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, dove headlong into the industrial revolution, launched the women’s suffrage campaign, engaged in movements, invented technologies, and created movies and music that continue to impact our society today.


Join us at our Annual History Symposium at the National Automobile Museum on November 3-7, 2021 for a chance to learn about these tumultuous years from local, regional and national-level award-winning authors and lecturers who offer intriguing snapshots and conversations about “Some of These Days.”

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 Nevada’s role in global events, the massive expansion of the Automobile Industry and its impact on society, how a famous fight in Reno had national repercussions, and more!

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 $75 (early bird through 10/29/2021). On 10/30/2021 registration cost will be $90.

Saturday lunch is extra.

HRPS Walking Tour is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

Daily admission to our world-class Museum is included.

Pre-registration is required of all participants


Wednesday, November 3

3:00 pm  to 6:30 pm – Registration and Educator Sign-In

4:15 pm – Dr. Alicia Barber – Overview of the Decade – Nevada

Intermission / Refreshments

5: 30 pm – 6:30 pm John Sell – Automobile Industry of the Decade

Intermission / Refreshments

6:45 pm – 8:15 pm – OPTIONAL – Docent Tour of the National Automobile Museum


Thursday, November 4

3:00 pm to 6:30 pm –  Registration and Educator Sign-In

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Doug Mischler – Chautauqua “Henry Ford”

Intermission / Refreshments

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Guy Clifton – Johnson Jefferies Prizefight in Reno


Friday, November 5

3:00 pm to 6:30 pm –  Registration and Educator Sign-In

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Jim Bonar – The Lincoln Highway

Intermission / Refreshments

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Robin Holabird – The Sinking of the titanic on Film

Intermission / Refreshments

6:30 pm – 9:45 pm – OPTIONAL Featured Film – James Cameron’s “Titanic”


Saturday, November 6

9:00 am to 10:00 am –  Registration and Sign-In

9:30 am to 10:30 am – Presentation by the 1000 Mile Project, a collaboration between the UNR University Libraries system and the Washoe County Library system–based on the journals of George and Josephine Scott who trekked 1,000 miles across Nevada in 1914 and recorded their experiences in daily diaries.

Intermission / Refreshments

10 am – 2 pm – Local Author Book Signing: Bill Brown, Janice Oberding; Brian Crane (pickles); Mark Curtis, Jr.; Jacci Turner; Jack Harpster

10:45 am – 11:45 pm – Dr. DeAnna Beachley – “Sara Bard Field” – Suffrage Movement

Noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch Buffet – Gallery Four

Lunch Buffet PREORDER ONLY $20: Catered by Roundabout Catering. Pre-purchase required. No lunch tickets will be sold on the day of the event. Lunch buffet includes: Rocket salad, hard egg, crispy cheese, Chicken Piccata, Basmati Herb Rice, Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille, Italian Wedding cookies

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Dr. Jennifer Keene – “World War I”

Intermission / Refreshments

2:30 pm – 3:30 – Dr. Michael Green – “Nevada & World War I”

Intermission / Refreshments

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm – “Music Hits of the Decade”

(Brass Quintet / Women’s Quartet – Ransom Notes)

Intermission / Refreshments

5:00 pm – Educator Sign Out – In Service Certificates

5:30 pm – 7:30 – OPTIONAL – Featured Film:  “1917”


Sunday, November 7

1:00  – 2:30 pm : OPTIONAL – Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Reno – “Roads and Rails, Reno’s Transportation Past” presented by HRPS (Historic Reno Preservation Society) – Limit 25 participants – Sign up early.


Times and speakers subject to change.