January 2020

Matthew Makley, PhD, Professor of History, Metropolitan State University of Denver: "The Small Shall be Strong, A History of Lake Tahoe's Washoe Indians"

  • Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020 (first Sunday)
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Location: Reno Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

Matthew MakleyThis lecture will give a brief, historical overview of Washoe (Wašhiw) people whose ancestors began occupying the Tahoe region up to 10,000 years ago. The lecture highlights the fact that Washoe history is an important, and often overlooked, part of the region's history. It is also an important part of the national historical narrative. Topics covered will include the legal battle over Cave Rock, and the Washoe's unique use of the General Allotment Act in 1887.

Matthew S. Makley was born at Lake Tahoe and raised in the region. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1993, thus ensued years of wandering across the American west from university to university in pursuit of an education. He earned a PhD in Native American History from Arizona State University in 2007 and joined the faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver the same year, where he is currently a Professor of History. Makley enjoys exploring the canyons, rivers, mountains, and deserts of the West, often with his wife and two adult sons.


Neal Cobb, Reno Historian: Harold's Club — World's Largest Casino

  • Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (third Wednesday)
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Neal CobbHarold's Club emerged from a hole in the wall operation at 236 North Virginia Street to become the largest casino in the world and helped to put Reno on the map.

Neal Cobb is a Reno native, born at Washoe Medical Center in 1939 when the city's population was about 32,000. Neal attended local public schools, served four years in the U.S. Navy, was involved in his family business, Modern Photo, from 1940 to 1955, and worked at Nevada's first successful FM station KNEV from 1953 to 1980. Neal fell heir to fourteen large boxes of old Reno and Northern Nevada photos and printable film after his parents died in 1985-6 and subsequently authored two books, Reno Now and Then, Books I and II. He has worked closely representing the Nevada Historical Society, having presented over 500 programs in Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada since 1988.