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Lecture series covers lumber baron

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The Douglas County Historical Society’s lecture series will feature the story of a lumber big shot Thursday at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

The lecture will show Jack Harpster’s PowerPoint presentation from his book, “Lumber Baron of the Comstock Lode: The Life and Times of Duane L. Bliss”.

“Harpster has authored nine books; he is an outstanding researcher and lecturer,” DCHS member Laurie Hickey said. “His presentation is outstanding and so relevant to Douglas County and will capture your imagination and take you back in time.”

The handprints of the Bliss family are all over Western Nevada. Glenbrook, in Douglas County is one of the most important sites. The lecture encompasses everything from Comstock Lode lumbering and railroading in the last half of the 19th Century to the divorce and tourist trade during the first half of the 20th Century. At the core of it all is a most fascinating man, Duane L. Bliss. Ride the flume of excitement as Western Nevada develops, regresses and Bliss becomes one of the state’s most important, innovative and successful businessmen.

A gifted presenter, Harpster brings clarity and definition to his subject matter. Harpster will bring copies of his book, for sale and signing.

Doors open at 6 p.m., lecture time 6:30 p.m. DCHS members are free and all others are $3.

The Douglas County Historical Society Lecture Committee is making a special effort to have lectures more involved with Douglas County and Western Nevada history. Each month DCHS presents a different speaker on a new topic and are constantly adding to this series. For more information visit the website at http://www.HistoricNV.org or call 782-2555.