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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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2015 Women of Achievement Luncheon

patti bernard

Patti Bernard has been chosen as this year's NWHP honoree for Woman of Achievement. She has held various positions on the NWHP board. She has spearheaded the project of securing biographies of Nevada's First Ladies and placing them on our website. Patti has worked tirelessly for the project by putting on luncheons and programs to educate our members about our research on Nevada women.

This past year she has presented the women of the Mudd/Gosse family, a successful group of Northern Nevada women activists. Currently she is in charge of NWHP's oral history program. Patti has taken on NWHP as a second career after she retired from Washoe County School District as a history teacher and elementary school principal. She is a native Nevadan, a graduate of Carson City High School and received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from UNR.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Connie Mariano, who served for 9 years as the White House physician. She served as physician to three presidents: George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

NWHP will have a table for ten at the Nevada Women's Fund luncheon on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The luncheon will be held at JA Nugget's Rose Ballroom in Sparks from 11:30-1:30.The cost is $125.00 and checks should be payable to NWHP and sent to 770 Smithridge Dr., Suite 300, Reno, NV 89502 before May 21, 2015.

Please join us for this interesting luncheon and help us honor Patti Bernard as our 2015 Woman of Achievement.



2015 NWHP Wildflower Hike

Save the date - Saturday, July 18, 2015, for the NWHP Wildflower Hike. We plan to hike the new Pinyon Trail in Carson Valley, beginning near Gardnerville. It is a 5 mile hike with elevations ranging from 5700 feet at the trailhead to about 6060 feet. It wraps around a large hill with continuous views of the Pine Nut and Carson Ranges.

If it is too hot to hike in the Valley, we have Plan B - possibly the Winnemucca Lake hike which should still have flowers in bloom.

Please contact Kay Sanders, if you are interested. Directions will be given as to where we will meet up to carpool. Of course, hikers must carry water, wear good hiking shoes or boots, bring snacks and lunch, and a flower identification book if we take the Winnemucca Lake hike.

Her email address is:
Her phone number is: 775-747-1740.

Be sure and leave a contact number so that she can respond to your RSVP


Program Director Needed

Your NWHP Board is looking for someone with joy in their lives and a desire to share that joy with others by becoming our Program Director. This is a fun assignment and you get to meet and become friends with the “best” people. Since NWHP only has 4-6 programs, you would not be burdened with a lot of planning.

The main job requirement is the coordination of volunteers, submitting a very simple cost of the event and if you need assistance in doing that, there are people to help you. You would sit on the Executive Board where everyone would help make your job a success. We really need someone to step forward.

Feel free to ask Christianne Hamel about her experience serving on the Executive Board. She was a NWHP nubby who accepted the challenge and we are so lucky to have her.

By Marcia Cuccaro, Recording Secretary


“I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won't be the last.”
Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)
US House of Representatives, R-Montana, 1916 and 1940



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For past printed newsletters, please call the NWHP office at 786-2335 or NWHP@pyramid.net. For past digital newsletters, please contact Marcia Cuccaro at 883-1454 or by email at 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.

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  •  Wildflower Hike-Saturday, July 18, 2015

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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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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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