Gary speaks about his new book titled: Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues at the April meeting of the Patrons Club
The Patrons, a volunteer group which is an arm of the Sierra College Foundation, invites the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization or learning more about the colorful history of the region to attend their April meeting which will feature an illustrated lecture and book signing by prominent local author and historian Gary Noy.
The program will be held on Monday, April 7 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at the Rocklin Campus in the Fireside Room located in the Campus Center (Building J). Lunch (which is optional) will be served at 12:30. The cost of the lunch is $11. RSVP is required. Please call Joan Edwards at 916-663-3408 by March 24.
Author Gary Noy is a Sierra Nevada native and respected historian. A resident of Loomis, he has taught history at Sierra College for more than 25 years. He was selected as “Educator of the Year” in 2006 by the Oregon Trails Association, a national historical society (OCTA) for his contributions and documentation of local culture. He is the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles on Sierra Nevada history and culture for publications such as the Grass Valley Union and Sierra Heritage Magazine. His best selling books include Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West, as well as The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology which he co-edited with Rick Heide in 2010.
Noy’s newest book is entitled Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues. The new work focuses on lesser known stories of Sierra-Nevada history with a special focus on women of the Sierra. Among the many stories presented in this illustrated lecture, Noy will tell tales of the lives and exploits of entertainers such as Kate Hayes, as well as the better known Jenny Lind, Lola Montez and Lotta Crabtree. Do you seek adventure? Noy will recount tales of Melissa Coray and Alice Huyler Ramsey as well as those women who moved history and the Sierra Nevada forward such as groundbreakers Ellen Clark Sargent and Okei Ito.
And best of all, if you clamor for a more in depth understanding of local history and those who made it, Mr. Noy’s book Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues will be available for purchase and can be signed by the author.
About the Sierra College Patrons
Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. A $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the arts which include Music, Art and Drama. In addition three small awards of $50 each recognize outstanding students competing in the student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments. Since its inception, Patrons have donated more that $260,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.
Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, California 95677. There is a $3 parking fee. Parking permits are available at machines located in each parking lot. For more information about the Patrons, the Sierra College Foundation, and upcoming events at Sierra College, visit our website at: www.sierracollege.edu