The public is invited to a free Chautauqua presentation, Thaddeus Dunkley, Black Cowboy, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.
Dr. James Armstead, historian and political scientist, will present his dramatic interpretation of Thaddeus Dunkley, who escaped from slavery in Tennessee during the Civil War and fled to Texas, where he became a cowboy. In 1866 he was in the first cattle drive to the northern ranges in Montana. He became an expert cow puncher and horse wrangler and spent 60 years in ranch life, dying in 1941.
The program is part of the Museum's Frances Humphrey Lecture Series held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Nevada State Museum at 600 North Carson Street. The Museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Exhibits include the USS Nevada silver service, the Dat So La Lee basket collection, earth science and history galleries, a western ghost town, an underground mine tour, and America's largest exhibited Imperial mammoth. The current exhibit, Beyond Tonopah, highlights the renaissance of mining in Nevada 100 years ago. On Sept. 9-10, the annual Carson City Mint Show will offer collectibles and free appraisals. Admission will be free.