Date & Time:Sunday 05/20/2018
Organizer:California Trail Interpretive Center
California Trail Interpretive Center
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Join us for the Annual Trail Days Event in Elko, Nevada. The theme this year is “Rhythm of the Trail” We’ll have live music from many varying artists and styles from the familiar folk music of Southwind to the beat of the Eagle Warriors Drum Group. Come see the 1800s Wagon Encampment and Shoshone Summer Camp. See living history demonstrations – Pioneer and Native American culture come to life! Experience historic displays, special presentations, and fun for the whole family. Free
California Trail Days Programs – Sunday, May 20
10:00 a.m., South Fork Room: William Ormsby, The Overland Routes and the Creation of Nevada Territory
During the late 1850s, Major William Ormsby and his friends created provisional Nevada Territory as part of a broad political and military strategy to control the central overland route and change the face of the far-West. This talk and slide show outlines CW Bayer’s books researching that effort. The story is central to the California Trail as well as to the founding of Nevada. Copies of his book will be available for sale.
11:00 a.m., Lobby: The Anatomy of a Wagon: How a Wagon Works
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.
12:00 p.m., Lobby: Gold Rush Songs with Chris Bayer
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., Lobby: Shoshone and Paiute songs with Gayleen Roy
Gayleen Roy is a Paiute Shoshone singer from Yerington, Nevada. Follow along as she sings lullabies, hand game, circle dance, and flag songs traditionally sung by the tribes that inhabited the Great Basin.
1:30 p.m. Lobby: 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.
3:00 p.m. Lobby: Shoshone Songs with Lois Whitney and Katherine Blossom.
Listen to and learn about traditional Shoshone songs. These songs will focus on the Great Basin and the creatures that shared this landscape with the Shoshone people.