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Welcome to the Nevada Women's History Project web site! Our goal is to provide you with "history about the roles and contributions of Nevada women" and current information about upcoming Northern Nevada and events.

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Happy Birthday to the Nevada Women’s History Project
20 Years Young!
The NWHP was founded in 1994.


Sally Zanjani Wins
National Award


The “Laura” award for the best short story in 2013 on a Western woman was announced by women Writing the West at their annual meeting. Sally Zanjani is the first Nevada author to win this nationwide competition.

The winning short story is entitled “Another Life.” Sally mentioned that this story was inspired by Ferminia Sarras, a successful copper miner in Esmeralda and Mineral Counties. Ferminia’s biography is on the NWHP website at this link: http://www.unr.edu/nwhp/bios/women/sarras.htm

The biography of Ferminia Sarras on the NWHP website was written by Victoria Ford.

Sally also mentions Ferminia Sarras in two of her publications.

Zanjani, Sally. A Mine of Her Own. Women Prospectors in the American West, 1840-1950.
Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.

Zanjani, Sally. "The Copper Queen," Nevada Magazine, November/December, 1995.

To access the story, go to: http://www.womenwritingthewest.org and click on Read LAURA Journal, then click on “Read the Winning Stories Now!

Submitted by Kay Sanders and Mona Reno



NWHP Name Badges Available

Do you have a Nevada Women’s History Project name badge?
If not, you can order one!badge image
HollyHolly’s has a white background, but the current badges have a navy blue background. They are available with a magnet on the back for $10 and with a pin on the back for $8.
If you have a pacemaker the manufacturer recommends the pin back.
Contact Christianne Hamel at Christianne_Hamel@msn.com or 775‐851‐1260


Suffrage Logo

This is our new Suffrage Centennial Logo. It is a modification of the 1914 pin for the Equal Franchise Society. The logo and the website that is in development are funded by the Nevada Humanities Committee through a 2014 grant. The NWHP has hired Shannon Hataway at Tangerine Design and Web to make the logo and website. The site will be at suffrage100NV.org, when it is ready.

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Thank you Nevada Humanities!


A NWHP logoThe National Women's History Project is involved in many efforts to promote multicultural women's history. We produce organizing guides, curriculum units, posters and display sets, videos, and a range of delightful celebration supplies. We also coordinate the Women's History Network, conduct teacher training conferences, and supply materials to people wherever they live through a Women's History Catalog.



Sarah Winnemucca Book
in Washington, DC

The Architect of the Capitol has purchased copies of It Can Be Done, Nevada presents the Sarah Winnemucca statue to the people of the United States for the Capitol Visitor’s Center Gift Shop! The Sarah Winnemucca statue is in a prominent location in the Capitol Visitor’s Center where everyone who comes to the Capitol will see her. Now the NWHP book about the statue will also be in the Gift Shop. For those of us involved in the Sarah Winnemucca statue it is wonderful to share the work and love of the people of Nevada in the making of the statue.

Submitted by Mona Reno


Save This Information for Past Newsletters

For past printed newsletters, please contact Grace Davis @ 853-3200 or kandgdavis@pyramid.net. For past digital newsletters, please contact Marcia Cuccaro @ 883-1454 or marcia.cuccaro@yahoo.com. One of the most common problems with the digital newsletters comes when an email address is changed.


The Nevada Women's History Project newsletter is published in Carson City, Nevada. Annual subscription rate is included in dues. Non‐member subscription rate is $20 domestic, additional overseas. Copyright NWHP. All rights reserved. Under copyright law, this newsletter and the contents herein may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, by any means, electronic or otherwise, without permission from the publishers, except in normal use as provided by law. Opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily refllect official policy of NWHP. Unsolicited articles and photos and requests for Writer's Guidelines should be sent to the Editor, NWHP, 770 Smithridge Dr., Suite 300, Reno, NV 89502‐0708.

Editor: Holly Van Valkenburgh hovava@juno.com


Mission Statement

To provide visibility and support for the gathering
and dissemination of history about the roles and
contributions of Nevada women of every race, class
and ethnic background.


We welcome your feedback on how we can make this site a better resource for you in the future.

We thank you for your visit and encourage you to stay.


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Help Our Organization

The Jean Ford Research Center has a clipping file into which news clippings of women in the news are placed for future reference by interested parties and literary scholars. It is important to capture the activities and events of the women newsmakers and your help is needed. When you are reading the paper and see an item of interest, it would be greatly appreciated if you would clip it from the paper, note the date of the article on the clipping. The clipping(s) can then be sent to the Jean Ford Research Center for filing. Periodically duplicates are removed. The file remains an important part of claiming the history of Nevada's women for future writers and scholars.

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Nevada Women's History Project
770 Smithridge Dr.,Suite 300 Reno, NV 89502-0708


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DISCLAIMER: The collection of the Nevada Women's History Project is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law, and within the limitations set forth in the NWHP's Collection Policy. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel (Nevada Revised Statutes 200.510-200.560), privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection. The Nevada Women's History Project makes no claims as to the accuracy of the content of biographies, reports, or other articles published on its website or as part of its collection.


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