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Unusual and Lesser-Known Stories of the Sierra Nevada

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Sep 19, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Rocklin Campus S 111 (Sewell Hall)
5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA 95677
General $5 / Students and Seniors $2 / Museum members free
Jennifer Skillen,, (916) 660-7926
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The first lecture in the Natural History Museums 2014-15 Speaker Series

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Sierra Stories book coverSierra College historian and Sierra Nevada native son Gary Noy will present an illustrated lecture on unusual and lesser-known stories of Sierra Nevada history. The presentation is based upon material from his book Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues (Heyday and Sierra College Press, 2014), which will be available for sale and signing. Gary will tell fascinating tales of little-known regional history, including the remarkable stories of the 19th century journeys of Melissa Coray and Moses Schallenberger.


A Sierra Nevada native and resident, Gary Noy has taught history at Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California, from 1987 to the present. Born in Grass Valley (Nevada County), Gary is a graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento. He is the founder and former director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and Editor-in-Chief emeritus of the Sierra College Press. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as “Educator of the Year.” He is the author of many newspaper columns and magazine articles on Sierra Nevada history and culture. Gary is the author of Distant Horizon: Documents from the 19th Century American West (University of Nebraska, 1999) and co-editor, with Rick Heide, of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday Books, Sierra College Press and Santa Clara University, 2010). Gary’s newest book is Sierra Stories: Tales of Dreamers, Schemers, Bigots and Rogues (Heyday Books and Sierra College Press, 2014). Now semi-retired, Gary frequently volunteers for historical and cultural projects in the Sierra Nevada.

This presentation is the first of the Sierra College Natural History Museum’s 2014-2015 lecture series, and will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm in Sewell Hall, room 111. Tickets are available at the door. Prices are General $5 / Students and Seniors $2 / Museum members free. All proceeds benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum.

The Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road in Rocklin. Parking on campus is FREE on the weekends from Friday at 4pm through Sunday. For more information, call the Sierra College Natural History Museum at 916-660-7926.

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