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Reno’s dark underbelly of drugs and prostitution, 1900-1950: at the Reno Public Library

By Miriam Hodgman

nv150-underbelly-smSunday, September 28, Michael Fischer, former Director of Nevada’s Department of Cultural Affairs, talks about the trafficking of pleasure and narcotics in Reno during the first half of the 20th century.

The free presentation, which takes place at the Downtown Reno Library at 2 p.m., includes historic photos of a local Reno madam and some of her girls, including a photo of the Madam’s boudoir rooming set (still in the family’s possession). Drug use was more common than most of us suspected, supporting an international drug ring with direct ties to Reno.

Washoe County Library System joins in the statewide celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, and is offering a lineup of engaging programs this fall. The library also offers many resources for discovering more about the history of the Silver State. Check out the web page which highlights all the free Nevada themed programs or come in to any library and pick up a program booklet.

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