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April 25, 26 & 28, 2018: 1890s-Inspired History Symposium

By Brad Bennett , in PR PR California on February 26, 2018 .

The National Automobile Museum provides an educational historical forum fit for NDE course approval

Press Release – updated: Feb 26, 2018 03:00 PST

RENO, Nev., February 26, 2018 – On the brink of the 20th century, our country progressed from an agricultural economy to a largely industrial one, from rural to urban, from a country seeking its “manifest destinyâ€� to an international outlook. A decade of change that hinted at even more change and the dawn of the modern age. This April, the National Automobile Museum will host its 14th annual history symposium for the public, with this year’s focus shining light on the peril and power of the 1890s and some of the most significant events of the era.

WHAT:        The 1890s: Peril and Power History Symposium
WHEN:       April 25 and 26, 2018, from 4–9 p.m.
April 28, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
WHERE:     National Automobile Museum
TICKETS:    Tickets $55 per person available at

This event is open to the public but is also recognized as continuation credit for educator licensure for the Nevada Department of Education.

We are excited to bring another incredibly educational and historically significant symposium to the biggest little city.
Jackie Frady

Museum president and executive director
It features a line-up of national and local authors and historians. A special highlight of this year’s symposium is the museum’s mini-version of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Journey through a new age of discovery as you enjoy activity stations throughout the museum. Interactive, educational and fun is the tenor of this adventure.

“We are excited to bring another incredibly educational and historically significant symposium to the biggest little city,� said Jackie Frady, museum president and executive director. “We’ll learn what the pulse was like in the 1890s and how that transpired to the country we know today. It will be an inspiring event for area educators and the public interested in learning about this era.�

2018 History Symposium Presenter List

Matthew Goodman, New York Times-bestselling author, recipient of MacDowell Colony and Yaddo Corporation fellowships and has taught creative writing and literature
Topic: Eighty Days, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

Cody Ewert, Ph.D., in American History, Department of History, New York University, NY
Topic: Making Schools American: Patriotism and Politics of Public Education in the Progressive Era

Mark L. Gardner, award-winning historian, author and musician
Topic: Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill
Topic: Performance and presentation on the historic music of the 1890s

Margaret Crawford, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley; author
Topic: Growth and changes in cities in the 1890s and the impact on society

Mark McLaughlin, B.A., Lake Tahoe historian, award-winning, nationally published author and photographer
Topic: 1890–1900: A Snapshot History of the Tahoe Sierra’s Fin de Siècle

John Reid, Ph.D., Chair, History, Political Science and Law Department, Truckee Meadows Community College
Topic: Race and Jim Crow laws.

William N. Cathey, Ph.D., Retired Vice Provost, Instruction and Undergraduate Programs, Professor Physics, UNR
Topic: Automobiles in the 1890s

Jaren H. Blake, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno
Topic: The Discovery of X-Rays – A Window into the State of Scientific Discovery and the Sharing of Ideas in the 1890s

Steve Frady, B.S., Retired Police and Fire Public Information Officer for the City of Reno, historian and author
Topic: Fire Fighting in the 1890s

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About The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)
One of America’s Top 10 Automobile Museums, the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 200 remarkable automobiles. It features theatre presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits and vibrant street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring displays to life. The museum is a dynamic and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests. For more information, visit

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