February 2020

Jim Bonar: Lincoln Highway 101 — The First Transcontinental Highway Across America

  • Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020 (first Sunday)
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Location: Reno Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

Jim BonarThe Lincoln Highway was the First Transcontinental Highway Across the United States — what was it, when was it, and where did it go? This presentation features a lecture and slide show on the development and history of the Lincoln Highway, including how the highway crossed the US. This is part of our local history of Nevada, as the Lincoln Highway passed through Reno, Sparks, Carson City, around Lake Tahoe, and across Donner Summit. Do you know when you are traveling it around town?

Jim Bonar is a former high school teacher, having finished his career as a math teacher at Sparks High School. His retirement interests (in addition to skiing, hiking, woodworking and off-road extreme jeeping to name a few) is the preservation of historical trails, roads, and Western history. He became interested in "roads" as a young child in Green River, Wyoming while watching the traffic pass through town on Highway 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway. In the early 1990s, the Lincoln Highway Association was formed, and Jim became a charter member, and at this time is the Association's national Board member for Nevada. He has been giving presentations about western historical events around the west for some years, since retiring, and always enjoys passing on his enchantment of how the west was settled.

Samantha Szesciorka, Assistant Curator, Wilbur D. May Center: Wilbur D. May

  • Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (third Wednesday)
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Samantha SzesciorkaBorn on December 28, 1898, Wilbur May was the third son of David May, founder of The May Department Stores Company. Wilbur was a rancher, pilot, artist, philanthropist, and world traveler who lived in Reno from 1936 until his death on January 20, 1982. The museum's collection derives from over 40 trips Wilbur made around the world, and include T'ang Dynasty pottery, African masks, statues and artwork, Inuit scrimshaws, Egyptian scarab figures, Greek icons, wildlife dioramas and a shrunken head from South America. Also featured is a re-creation of the living room, bedroom, tack room, and big game trophy room from Wilbur's 2,600-acre (1,100 ha) Double Diamond Ranch in South Reno.

Samantha Szesciorka is the Assistant Curator at the Wilbur D. May Center and the Editor in Chief at Sagebrush Rider.