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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, November 27, 1997 17 Wash. and Ore. BILL ISOM -- Retire restaurant owner - "Love." BING WHITE -- Retired store owner-- "Love." Gazette onthe street. What makes a family close and strong? Pahrump Ridgecrest JOE GOMEZ -- Retired military JOHN TUCKER -- Retired -- "Caring for each other." building inspector -. "Communication." Hawaii SISTER LANGI - Missionary - "A belief in God, parents who teach their children that." :ii lecopa LOUISE FISK - Housewife -- "Love and faith." Compiled by PVG staff photographers i 482-3016 No to Abuse 1-1118 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada- then and now New perspectives and readings on Nevada by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society n recent years, the Nevada Historical Society has become involved with the public schools of the state and the teaching of our state's history. Some twenty- five years ago, we wrote and produced a series of slide shows on selected topics designed to supplement in- structional materials in the elementary and middle schools. In the late 1970s, we designed a new interpretative museum gallery and followed up with a series of multimedia kits for the middle schools. The organization of a docent council in 1984 and the implementation of guided museum tours became another element in our efforts to assist teachers. We have also sponsored history clubs in the schools, conductedbus tours, worked on local history projects, helped establish a new state museum in Las Vegas which focuses upon the southern section of our state and have sought to interest Nevadans in their own history through the popular history column, "This was Nevada," now into its twenty-third year. We have now entered upon another project, "Nevada: Readings and perspectives." Funded by the Melton Publication Fund at the Nevada Historical Society and edited by Michael S. Green and Gary E. Elliott of the Community Col- lege of Southern Nevada, the book consists of forty- five articles which have appeared in various schol- arly publications over the past thirty years. Al- though designed as a supplementary text for the required community college and university courses on Nevada history, this book contains a great deal of important material that has not been widely distrib- uted and will be of much interest to the general reader. Many of the articles included first appeared in the "Nevada Historical Society Quarterly," which is sent four times a year to the Society's members. For those interested, the cost of the new book is $18 at the Reno Museum, 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, 89503. For mail orders, add $2 postage and handling. For further information, call the Society at (702) 688-i 191. Jeanne Elizabeth Wier's "The Washoe Indians," never before in print, is taken from the senior thesis at Stanford University of the Nevada Historical Society's founder and first director. It introduces the reader to a view of Nevada's Native Americans from the perspective of one of the in'st scholars in the state. Grace Dangberg's essay on Wovoka and the Ghost Dance, which follows, delves into an extremely important facet of early Native American history. These two articles are comple- mented by an original contribution from Kevin Rafferty, "Great Basin prebistory," and the modern focus on the Shoshone of Smokey Valley by Steven J. Crum. Early Euro-American history includes an essay on Jedediah Strong Smith by Dale L. Morgan and a chronicle of the Mormons of the western section of present-day Nevada in he 1850s authored by Juanita Brooks. Although the southern section of the state is often slighted in the literatureoftheearly years, Ralph J. Roske and MichaelS. Green remind us that there is much history there in an essay on Octavius Decatur Gass, Las Vegas Valley pioneer. The sage of the mining frontier is reflected in an essay on Senator William Morris Stewart by Russell R. Elliott. Donald Abbe's account of the "Rush to Reese River" and Roger D. McGrath's "The Esmeralda Excitement" document the fact that scholars might look elsewhere than the Comstock for mining history. Elliott's survey of Senator Stewart and the Central Pacific Railroad and William Rowley's portrait of Francis G. Las Vegas Strip, 1975 iii photo eo of Nevada Historical Society Newlands bring additional focus to other aspects of the economic growth of Nevada in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Selected aspects of the careers of five twentieth century political figures, George Wingfield, Senator Patrick A. McCarran, Governor Grant Sawyer, Senator Alan Bible and Senator Howard Cannon, are the focus of a section on the political life of the state. Several articles on twentieth century mining, from the booms at Tonopah and Gold- field through the industrial and nonmetallic era of recent decades, add much to the reader's understanding of our own times Such land and resource issues as James Hulse's Jeffersonian perspec- tive on the "Sagebrush Rebellion," federal reclamation policy and the Southern Nevada Water Project are particuladyenlightening, as are essays on the legalization of casino gambling in 1931, gambling and tourism as a business, the place of gambling in post-World War II America and the relationship of the gaming industry to Nevada's welfare system. Essays by Joseph A. Fry on the MX Missle controversy of the 1980s and Eugene P, Moehdng and William T. Dodds on Hoover Dam, Basic Magnesium Incorporated and federal military activities provide another context for understanding the growth of Las Vegas and southern Nevada in recent decades. Dina Titus's "A- Bombs in the Back'yard: Nevada Adapts to the Nuclear Age" is singularly unique in helping us understand our own times. A section on Nevada's ethnic, racial and gender mosaic introduces readers to the late Wilbur S. Shepperson's musings on Nevada's foreign born, Alan Bolboni on Las Vegas's Italians, Sue Fawn Chang on the Chinese of southern Nevada and Anne B. Howard's writing on Anne Martin and the Women's Suffrage Movement. The African-American experi- ence is touched emphasized by Roosevelt Fitzgerald in "Blacks and the Boulder Dam Project." Cultural and artistic perspectives are provided by Charles Greenhaw and Susan Racine in "Desert of Riches," Ann Ronald, "Reno: Myth, Mystique, or Madness," and Candace C. Kant, "City of Dreams: Las Vegas on Film, 1980-1989." Alan Hess's "Strip City," a commentary on the themed architecture of the Les Vegas Strip illustrates other aspects of con- temporary urban development in the American West. As a comprehensive set of views on the Silver State's history, his book should have a place in your Nevada library.