Double Down - A Blog

Feb 15, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

"To Reno, the biggest little city in the world, American cradle of liberty."
"To Reno, beautiful emblem of the great divide."

Two toasts to Reno from George Cukor's 1939 film, The Women, as a train filled with women from New York head west to Nevada, the divorce capital of the twentieth century. The ONE has a great article on this Reno phenomenon, written by historian and anthropologist Mella Harmon.  As she explains, "journalists and gossip columnists called it the 'Great Divide,' a destination for divorce seekers who wanted to take 'the cure,' get 'Reno-vated,' and according to legend, throw their wedding rings into the Truckee River from the Virginia Street 'Bridge of Sighs.'"

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Feb 8, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Nevada Humanities's newest member of staff, Rachel Hopkin, on a visit to the Valley of Fire State Park.

As this is only my second blog for Nevada Humanities, I feel I should introduce myself before going any further: I’m Rachel Hopkin, I’m a folklorist and a radio producer by training, and I’m Nevada Humanities’ newest member of staff, having only joined the organization just a few months back.

Since taking up the role of Program Manager here, I’ve been repeatedly asked to explain what exactly Nevada Humanities is and what we do, so I thought I’d use this post to address that question.

Nevada Humanities is...

Feb 8, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

"Nevada Vista, North Ely." Photo by Bobbie Ann Howell.

Oh what the heck is a blog? What do I know about blogging? Do I have anything to say that will be of use or interest? These are the questions I have been thinking about as I launch into the blog o’ sphere.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – On the road in Nevada

A very fine week was spent recently traveling to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, just a bit north of my daily stomping grounds in the Las Vegas valley. I always feel lucky when I can once again make this trip. I have always loved traveling in the west and especially...

Feb 7, 2013 | Posted by Christina Barr

It's always exciting to attend the programs Nevada Humanities supports with partnerships and grants, and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering - held in Elko each year - is no exception. Nevada Humanities has been supporting the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering since 1984, when the first Gathering was being planned. The Gathering has grown enormously since then, and we're proud to have been part of the group that helped plant the seed.

This year I had the pleasure of joining cowboy poet and rancher Randy Rieman in welcoming attendees to a special Nevada Humanities funded session on Evidence Based Horsemanship. Neurobiologist Dr. Stephen Peters and horse trainer and clinician Martin Black introduced us all to a deeper understanding of the relationship between the science of...

Feb 6, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Last week, I attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the first time. It’s an annual event that takes place each year in Elko, Nevada, and as an Englishwoman who has only been living in the state for a few months, I can say that its plethora of poetry, prose and musical performances, panel discussions, exhibits and workshops, all provided a splendid means of getting acquainted with traditional Western culture. Among the highlights was having the chance to chat with two of the finest cowboy poets around – Paul Zarzyski and Wally McRae.

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Jan 29, 2013 | Posted by Christina Barr

 

Nevada Humanities is proud to launch Double Down, a new online forum for the exploration of creative ideas. Nevada Humanities staff, board members, and friends will be posting regularly about issues that cross their paths and catch their attention. At Nevada Humanities we believe in the power of dynamic humanities programs to inspire engagement and deepen a collective sense of place and belonging for us all, and we're willing to bet the house on that. Watch this space for creative ideas, challenging thoughts, and inspiring observations about the Silver State and beyond.

 

Jul 13, 2012 | Posted by ONE

Have you ever wondered about life in other worlds?  Start with the splendor of the desert just outside your backyard - take a road trip through our valleys and ranges this summer.  Explore, and embrace the unique environment of the state of Nevada - you will be amazed at what you find!

Read more on ONE.

Jun 15, 2012 | Posted by ONE

Find out the history of this former church on the banks of the Truckee.  Take a trip down memory lane.

Read more here on ONE.

Jun 8, 2012 | Posted by ONE

For thousands of years, the prehistory of Nevada has been etched on our desert landscapes.  Read on to find out more about the rich history of our native cultures, and the lasting marks they have left on our state.

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