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Sarah Winnemucca documentary screening


Photo courtesy Nevada Historical Society

SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE Legendary Paiute leader Sarah Winnemucca stood for peace between the races at a time when European settlers and the native peoples were caught in a deep divide. The documentary “Sarah Winnemucca: In Her Footprints” which chronicles the Nevada chapter of the life of this pioneering woman will be screened Wednesday, January 27 at the Nevada Historical Society at noon as part of the High Noon series.

To deepen the appreciation of this remarkable woman, producer Gwendolyn Clancy and historian Dr. Sally Zanjani traveled around Nevada to the places that figured prominently in Sarah’s life, including the Humboldt Sink, Pyramid Lake, Genoa, Johnstown, Virginia City, Fort McDermitt, Winnemucca, Lovelock and Carson City. This production includes interviews with Winnemucca family members Dorothy Ely and Sherry Ely Mendes, as well as Paiute tribal member Ralph Burns, and segments with former state archivist Guy Rocha and Comstock historic preservationist Bert Bedeau.

Following the screening, Heidi Englund, who works in the library at the Nevada Historical Society, will lead an informal discussion. She assists researchers to draw upon the resources of our many collections to find their answers. For the previous four years, she ran the Research Library for the Nevada Department of Transportation.   Englund grew up in Gardnerville, and has lived in Carson City, Las Vegas and Ely before moving to Reno. She has been a member of the Nevada Women’s History Project for five years.

This screening is part of the monthly High Noon series at the Nevada Historical Society, located at 1650 North Virginia Street on the UNR campus. For more information call (775) 688-1190 or visit www.NevadaCulture.org

 Parking is free and plentiful (UNR honors day permits obtained inside historical society).

Next month’s selection “Treasures of the Mint” is on February 24.

The Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

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