Historian and author Mark McLaughlin will give a presentation relating to his forthcoming book about the history of vigilantism in the West, at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.
McLaughlin's presentation focuses on the origins of vigilantism in California and Nevada. He will also show how the early focus on punishing criminals in the Gold Rush turned into anti-Chinese racism in the far West in the 1870s and 1880s.
McLaughlin is an award-winning, nationally published author and professional speaker with seven books and more than 850 articles in print. A prolific writer, McLaughlin has received the Nevada State Press award five times. His work has been featured in many regional and national magazines over the past 25 years. He has appeared as an expert consultant on CNN, National Public Radio, The History Channel, The Weather Channel, and the BBC, as well as on many historical documentaries.
Bring your own seating and no pets allowed — service animals only. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy as no food or beverages will be sold at this event. All events are held outdoors. Event could be canceled if a dangerous level of air quality prevails.
"We are very happy to welcome Mark McLaughlin back to our Dangberg Summer Festival. His knowledge of regional history is always intriguing," said Kim Harris, the park's events manager.
This event is sponsored by Douglas County, Carson Valley Accounting, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dr. James the Dentist, Edward Jones Investments - Tim Cleveland, Horse Tales, D&B Cabinets, Holiday Inn Express - Minden, Hone Company, Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Mangia Tutto, The Pink House, and Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
Additional support for the park is provided by Robert E. Schilling Charitable Fund and TruNorth Wealth Management.