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Patty Cafferata to speak at Dangberg ranch

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Former Nevada State Treasurer Patty Cafferata will speak Saturday at Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.

Former Nevada State Treasurer Patty Cafferata, along with her daughter, Elisa Cafferata, will discuss their mother and grandmother, Barbara F. Vucanovich, in a free presentation 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.

Cafferata is an attorney who shares her mother's love of politics. In addition to service as Nevada State Treasurer, she was also the district attorney for Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties. She is the author of several books, including, Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again, co-written with her mother and the focus of the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at the presentation.

When Vucanovich, a Republican, was elected to Congress in 1982, she became the first Nevada woman elected to a federal office. Campaigning as a "tough grandmother," she distinguished herself during her fourteen-year service in the U.S. House of Representatives by her efforts on behalf of Nevada and her commitment to the conservative ideals of her party.

In the memoir, Vucanovich reflects on her political career and the long road that led to it—her years as mother of a growing family, businesswoman, community and Republican Party volunteer, and her introduction to politics as the northern Nevada manager of several of Paul Laxalt's campaigns. Encouraged by Laxalt to run for Nevada's new congressional seat, she became a sixty-one-year-old first-time political candidate.

Elisa Cafferata will join her mother at the presentation to add an additional perspective on her grandmother's career in politics. Elisa Cafferata has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors and is currently the President & CEO of Nevada Advocates for Planned Parenthood Affiliates.

The presentation is part of the park's Ferris Family Speaker Series, sponsored by Bently Enterprises, SoaringNV, Douglas County and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.

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This is a free outdoor event. The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¼ mile north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital. Visitors can bring a lawn chair or use one of the park's chairs. For more information, visit or call 775-783-9417.

Other speakers in this year's series are Kim Copel, who will present a Chautauqua of stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst on Aug. 23; and Dr. Anita Watson, who will portray Virginia City pioneer Mary McNair Mathews in a Chautauqua on Sept. 6. Historian Ronald James discusses his book on Virginia City on Sept. 27; and Patty Cafferata returns on Oct. 11 for a discussion of her book on Christmas in Nevada.

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