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Sarah Winnemucca Statue project highlighted during free history program



Nevada’s Sarah Winnemucca Statue outside the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. Photo by Bob Harmon.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Nevada’s efforts to place a statue of Sarah Winnemucca in the United States Capitol during the next “Exploring Nevada” history program at in the Neil Road Recreation Center. The program starts at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26.

The Sarah Winnemucca Statue project helped introduce the nation to the life story of an incredible Native American from Nevada and her tireless struggle on behalf of her people. She achieved much in this cause and became the first Native American woman to write a book. The statue itself is a true Nevada treasure that artistically reflects Sarah’s spirit and her belief in “the brotherhood of all mankind.” 

The program includes a screening of the half-hour Department of Cultural Affair’s video documentary “Sarah Winnemucca: The Dream Fulfilled,” which introduces viewers to the modern women who spearheaded this project, as well as the artist who brought it to life, and takes you to emotional installation ceremonies in Washington D.C. and Carson City.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

The Neil Road Recreation Center is located at 3925 Neil Road, Reno. Call (775) 823-6519 for details. 

Exploring Nevada programs at the Neil Road Recreation Center are part of the nationally celebrated Older Americans Month. A complete calendar of local Older Americans Month events is available from local libraries, the City of Reno Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Washoe County Senior Services, and the Incline Village General Improvement District. Everyone who participates in at least five Older Americans Month events will be entered into a prize drawing that will take place at the June 13 Reno Senior Dance.  

The theme for this year’s Older Americans Month is “Age Strong – Live Long.” Today’s seniors have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications, and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women, and disabled Americans. Their remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given so much to our society. For more information, visit www.reno.gov.

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