History Symposium

For more information on the 2015 History Symposium

The 1950s: Expanding the American Dream        

April 29 - May 2, 2015

Fee:  $55*

           *There is an additonal fee for the meals and an optional Friday tour

History Symposium's are truly one of the Museum’s most popular and significant educational experiences. Each symposium has received rave reviews, such as:

  • “The history symposium allows students, educators, and lovers of history to come together and share in our unique American experiences surrounded by the treasures of the Harrah legacy.”
  • “What a fun and interesting way to explore history!”
  • “One of my favorite Reno events. I am so excited when we reach your symposium time of the year again.”

The four-day agenda features nationally-recognized speakers, prominent authors, local experts, living history performers, a bus tour to unique venues, and more. Symposiums are open to the public and teachers consider them “must-attend” in-service credit programs.

Symposiums typically feature a specific decade in history since the time of the invention of the automobile. The sessions explore every aspect – politically, culturally and socially. Symposiums have been known to spark lively debates and thought-provoking ideas, to entertain and touch the senses, from joyous laughter to a tear or two, and to generate engaging question and answer sessions. 

Special Benefit for Teachers

The Museum’s symposiums have been approved by the Nevada Department of Education for teachers to receive in-service credit. 

Friday, May 1, Optional Bus Tour, $50 per person

Return to Yesterday. Minden, Gardnerville and Douglas County have grown substantially in population since the 1950s. Yet much of the area's substance takes the visitor right back to the 1950s or before. We will visit two ranches that date to the 1850s , which are very similar today as to how they would have been in the 1950s. Eat at a Basque restaurant and tour the county with Dr. Michael Fischer. He will present an informative, humorous and historically-accurate picture of the area, its politics and the economy in the 1950s. What is present today is a reflection of a vibrant past filled with rivalries and often unusual alliances. Dr. Fischer, an avid student of Nevada History, Chautauqua performer and a lifelong Nevada resident, will bring new meaning to the landmarks of the area for you. Roundtrip bus transportation and lunch included.

Register for the 2015 History Symposium

For additional information please call (775) 333-9300 x305, email info@automuseum.org or click here to sign-up and receive the Museum's e-news letter.

   History Symposiums are funded in part by Nevada Humanities.