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October 31, 2014

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Event to explore women’s history in Nevada

West Charleston Library

In the span of about 20 minutes, you can get a mini-lesson this weekend about how women have affected Nevada's history.

The West Charleston Library is hosting a Nevada Women's History Month event Saturday featuring short performances and presentations throughout the day.

This is the inaugural event coordinated by the Nevada Women's History Project for the library, said Firouzeh Forouzmand, Clark County Libraries performing arts coordinator.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., notable Nevadans, local writers and a Chautauqua performer will interpret Nevada history from the feminine perspective.

"All day long, every 20 minutes, someone will be on the stage doing a presentation about the history of the organization or something they have done," she said.

Judge Dianne Steel will speak on the history of the Nevada Women's History Project, an educational nonprofit organization. Marie McMillan, a longtime Nevadan, will speak about her days as a pioneer aviator. Dr. Marlene Adrian, from Women of Diversity Inc., will present on Clark County women who made a difference. Dr. Linda Miller will perform as Helen J. Stewart, a Las Vegas rancher who shaped the educational system as a school board member. She will also present on the life of Sarah Winnemucca, a noted teacher and political activist.

Several writers will be signing copies of their books.

Joan LeMere, Nevada Women's History Project president, will sign copies of her book "Skirts that Swept the Desert Floor" at 2:20 p.m. Author Donna Andress will sign her book "Eldorado Canyon and Nelson, Nevada" at 2:30 p.m. Author Mimi Rodden will sign her book "Boulder City" at 3:45 p.m.

For another interpretation on women's role in history and the domestic arts, walk through the gallery area in the library. Several quilts are on display in honor of National Quilting Day.

The library is at 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. For scheduling information, call 507-3964.

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