This Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Southgate Coins owner Rusty Goe presented a lecture, “The Carson City Mint’s Legacy – A 100-Year Perspective: 1858-1958” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI is an organization that caters to the furthered education of active, older adults, in association with the University of Nevada, Reno.
Rusty’s lecture topics included Abe Curry’s founding of Carson City in 1858, Nevada’s acceptance into the Union in 1864, the formation of the Carson City Mint in 1870, and much more. He emphasized the importance of Nevada being honored with a federal mint, and the roller coaster ride the mint endured during tumultuous political times in the 1880s. Rusty also followed the Carson Mint’s transition to an assay office after its coining operations ceased in 1893, and finally its conversion to the Nevada State Museum we know today.
Rusty was invited to lecture at OLLI by good friend and fellow Nevada historian, Neal Cobb, coauthor of Reno Now and Then, and his newly released Reno Now and Then II. Neal is a frequent OLLI presenter himself. He also partners with Nevada in the West magazine, and hosts Tales of Nevada, a local television show.
This was Rusty's fourth lecture in the second half of 2013, and he says that's enough lecturing for this year. A big thank you to the people at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for hosting Rusty, and all those who attended his presentation.
Great job, Rusty!