Tuesday, April 22, 2008
On Thursday, April 17, 2008, I had 24 senior citizens from the City of Reno come by my house for a little talk from "Louise Mackay" before they headed up to Virginia City to visit for the day. They were a lovely group.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
From the next few pictures you can see that Goldfield in nearly a ghost town, once a thriving town of 20,000 people, now about 240. They have a sense of humor in town the lady in the window is a mannequin. BUT the last picture is of a saloon/bar that was redone with a new restaurant in the back. What at find in Goldfield, off Rt 95 a couple of blocks. We also stayed a new hotel, the Santa Fe on 5th Street at the end of town. It had only 5 rooms, but they were wonderfully clean and big rooms. It's style was a lot like the new saloon. LC
On March 22, 2008, I traveled to Tonopah and Goldfield, NV to be with the towns as they celebrated the cars coming through town on their way to Paris. You will find some wonderful pictures of this event with part of the townspeople dressed for the occasion. What fun doing the Genteel Disrobe for them in the 1908 format. ----I may have to load pictures in a couple of blogs to get them all in. LC
On April 1, 08 I had the opportunity present a Chautauqua of Louise Mackay. For those of you who are wondering Chautauqua?? it is a first person presentation of the individual you are portraying, you become that person for 30-40 minutes, answer questions for 15 min in first person, then answer questions as yourself about the person you portrayed. Now that we have the Chautauqua question cleared up, who was Louise Mackay? Louise was married to John Mackay, one of the Silver Kings from Virginia City. He and his partners hit the big bonanza of silver mining in the 1870's and became one of the richest men in the world. John's job was to master the business world and Louise's job was to master the wealth that would open doors of society for her children. Louise lived in New York as a child, grew up in a mining town in California, gain wealth in Virginia City, lived in San Francisco, then lived abroad for more than 40 years off the wealth of the Comstock mines. She became on of the most important and respected hostesses of Paris and London in the late 1870-the early 1900's. Above are a couple pictures of "Louise" (me) in a gown of 1886 at the height of her popularity. LC