Historian Bob Ellison will discuss his research on Laura Dittenreider, an early Nevada settler, at a free public presentation at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Aug. 25.
Laura Dittenreider arrived in the area with her husband in 1853, one of the first women to settle in western Utah Territory, according to a press release from the park. Ellison's presentation will review her life story, including her children, marriages and life in Virginia City, where she witnessed many of the significant events of the era. Dittenreider ran a boarding house, was a spiritualist, and lectured to ladies groups.
"Dittenreider is representative of the strong women that pioneered this state," Ellison stated in the release. "She is also an example of how women survived their trials and tribulations with enduring optimism. Though relatively well known in her day, she is now another of our forgotten pioneers."
Ellison holds degrees in philosophy and psychology, as well as an M.A. in curriculum and instruction. He is a former teacher and college philosophy instructor, was a Douglas County lawman for many years, including stints as deputy sheriff and constable, and is now retired. He has also authored articles and three books on Nevada history.
The presentation will take place from 10-11 a.m. at the park, 1450 Highway 88, just north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital.
For more information, contact 775-783-9417 or visit www.dangberghomeranch.org.