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16 Thursday, May 15, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette IRISH BALLAD-Girl's Glee Club singers belt out a ballad. MULTI-TALENTED - Robert White accompanies the choir. SELECT CHOIR-"All Ye Who Love Music" and the SINGING WITH HEART-The Girl's Glee Nevada-then and now Fifth Biennial Conference on Nevada History /7)" ehillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society O Reno and Las Vegas have covered a diversity of traditional and nontraditional topics and guidelines have been established for new ap- proaches to our state's past. Norman Klein, California Academy of the Arts, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m., "The Politics of Scripted Spaces: Reno and Las Ve- gas." Professor Klein has written ex- tensively on such "created environ- ments" as City Walk in Los Angeles and Ceasars Forum in Las Vegas and is noted in both Europe and America for his highly original insights. A paper by Claytee D. White, Uni- versity of Nevada, l.as Vegas, "The Roles of African-American Women in the Gaming Industry," focuses upon an ethnic and gender element which played a key role in the history of Las Vegas black community from 1940 through the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the 1970s. Joyce Marshall n Tuesday, May 20, the Nevada Historical Society will host the Fifth Biennial Conference on Nevada history at the Reno Museum, 1650 N. Virginia St. The public is invited without charge. For further information, call (702) 688-1191. Papers presented at the four previous conferences in Children in Virginia City, 1877. costumed for an Independence Day Parade. of UNLV follows with "Opportunity or Opportunism: The Use of Dancers and Showgirls to Promote the Las Vegas Image" which chronicles the history of aphase of Las Vegas history never before touched by academic historians. Both papers are based upon oral histories of those involved. In a second session on Tuesday afternoon, "Race and Ethnicity in Nevada," Earnest N. Bracey, Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, will speak on the history of Las Vegas Second Baptist Church, the first African-American congregation in Nevada. Diane E. Nassir, University of Nevada, Reno, will examine the cultural orientation of Nevada's Latino community in "United States and Nevada in the Twenty- First Century: The Mestizaje Revisited," and the third presentation in this session, "Future Research on Ethnicity in Nevada," by Elmer L. Ruscom, UNR, examines current efforts to document minority contributions m the history of the state and sets forth a methodology for future studies. A session on Reno and the Truckee Meadows concludes the first day, it includes a paper by Monique E. Kimball, Kautz Environmental Consultants, on farm and ranch archaeology, a program by Don Wiggins on new emigrant trail research and a pre- sentation by Seth Polley, UNR, on Bishop Whittaker's School for Girls, 1877-1894, a unique Reno institution. Petel Bandurrage, Director of the Ne- vada Historical Society, will begin the Wednesday gathering, with "The State of the Nevada Historical Society" at 9 a.m. In a session on the Comstock Lode, Brien Scott Hagen will discuss the evolution of Mark Twain as a writer in the context of social and political life in Virginia City, 1862-1964. The history of African-Ameri- cans in Virginia City will be the focus of Ron James, State Historic Preservation Office, Carson City. Nevada government and politics will be the subject of four papers on Wednes- day. Frank Adams will cover the creation of the Nevada State Police in 1908 and Phillip I. Earl, Nevada Historical Society, will speak on county creation and county seat fights. In "Land, Water and Money in Nevada, 1881 and 1981," Susan I. Filer will offer some observations on Nevada's search for a stable economic base. Michael S. Green, Community College of Sonthern Nevada, will end this portion of the program with "Games People Play: Politics, the Press and Gaming in the 1978 Election." The final session on Wednesday afternoon, "Perspectives on Nevada's Boom Towns," will feature Peter B. Mires, Kautz Environmental Consultants, on the urban geography of Eureka's Chinese community and Scott Baxter, UNR, on the anthropology of Gold Hill. Jane Eva Baxter will conclude the conference with some thoughts on children and childhood in Nevada's early mining towns. Plans are afoot to publish these papers in the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly over the next few years. Watch for them and join us for the conference.