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Historical society celebrates black history with next lecture

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The Douglas County Historical Society honors Black History Month on Feb. 11 at their Second Thursday Lecture series.

Guest speaker Helen Townsell-Parker will share her struggles within the Black Springs community, a black community north of Reno.

Author of “A Cry For Help” Townsell-Parker was instrumental in renaming and reshaping the Black Springs community and its activities.

Her book covers 50 years of history of the Black Springs community where an African American could not buy a house, get a mortgage or purchase property by Nevada law.

Doors to the lecture will open at 6 p.m. with Townsell-Parker’s presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Admission for historical society members is free and $3 for all others.

The lecture will take place at the museum located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

For more information about the historical society, Townsell-Parker or the lecture series visit http://www.historicnv.org or call 782-2555.