California Trail Days Event

Save the date:  June 3-4, 2017

Join us for the Annual Trail Days Event in Elko, Nevada. Come see the 1850 Wagon Encampment and Shoshone Summer Camp at the California Trail Interpretive Center. See pioneer life along the trail and Native American culture come to life! Experience historic displays, special presentations, and fun for the whole family. Free and open to everyone.

Saturday, June 3rd

 

11:00 a.m. – California Trail Center 5th Anniversary Celebration

CTIC 5yr signThe California Trail Interpretive Center opened on June 2, 2012. The creation of the Trail Center required vision, determination and a tremendous amount of hard work. Helen Hankins, Dave Jamiel, and Leah Brady will share their reflections on how the Trail Center became a reality.

Helen Hankins is the former BLM State Director for Colorado, former BLM Elko District Manager, and president of the California Trail Heritage Alliance. Dave Jamiel served as the first California Trail Center manager. Leah Brady is a board member of the California Trail Heritage Alliance, and she will discuss the background behind the Native American exhibits. Following the 45-minute program, the speakers will cut the Trail Center’s 5th anniversary birthday cake. Dignitaries will be on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

12:00 p.m. –  Gold Rush SongsChris Bayer in Bodie, California. Bayer will perform Gold Rush songs at the California Trail Interpretive Center on Sept. 24.

Enjoy gold rush mining songs from 1849 to 1863. Chris Bayer will bring his old banjo to inform and entertain with the stories and tunes that defined gold rush songs. The program includes important reflections on mining and western culture.

1:00 p.m. – The Anatomy of a Wagon:  How a Wagon Works

DSC_6144  Wagons were indispensable for thousands of emigrants. Join Frank Tortorich to learn how a    wagon works. Tortorich is a historian, author, and member of the California Trail Heritage Alliance.

 

 

 

 

2:00 p.m. –  Tule Duck Decoys

Tule duck decoys were used in Nevada for centuries. Mike Williams, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe, will demonstrate how to make a female tule duck decoy.

Williams is a member of the Nevada Arts Council and is a recipient of the Nevada Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Folk Arts. California Trail CenterWilliams created a Paiute tule boat and duck decoys that are exhibits at the Trail Center. Williams is also featured in a Trail Center video depicting a day in the life of Great Basin Indians.

 

 

 

 

 

7:00 p.m. –  Pioneer Dance

Learn traditional and pioneer dances, and enjoy live music by Southwind.     _MG_0271

 

Sunday, June 4th

11:00 a.m. – From Trail to Rails:  The Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada and California

Trains played a vital role in the settlement of the American West. With the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869, powerful locomotives gradually replaced covered wagons. Railroad networks were much safer, quicker, and more efficient in transporting freight and people.Train

Wendell Huffman will discuss the early development of the Transcontinental Railroad in Nevada and California. Huffman is curator of history at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. He is co-author of “Waiting for the Cars:  Alfred A. Hart’s Stereoscopic Views of the Central Pacific Railroad,

1863-1869.” Huffman will be available to sign books following the program.

 

 

12:00 p.m. –   The Anatomy of a Wagon:  How a Wagon Works

DSC_6144Wagons were indispensable for thousands of emigrants. Join Frank Tortorich to learn how a wagon works. Tortorich is a historian, author, and member of the California Trail Heritage Alliance.

 

 

 

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1:00 p.m. – Legends, Lies and Lore of the American West

The history of the American West is often intertwined with mythology. Many of the myths make colorful stories, but inaccurate history. Join former Trail Center Manager Dave Jamiel as he separates fact from fiction with many prominent legends, lies and lore of the American West.

 

2:00 p.m. – A Virtual Tour of the California Trail

Take a virtual tour of the California Trail from Independence, Missouri, to Placerville, California. The program will include photographs of prominent landmarks along the Trail, such as Independence Rock, in Wyoming. The speaker is Frank Tortorich, a historian, author, and member of the California Trail Heritage Alliance.

 

 

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