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News, Meetings and Events
Quarterly Newsletters

Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2018, Issue No. 24


We have good news to report on the next grant for the high school, work being done around town and new businesses are opening up. We’re also up to 126 members, so far, for 2018. Always something going on. High School Project

High School Restoration – Our President, John Ekman, traveled to Carson City in April for the Nevada Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation Grant Awards for FY17-18. $1,000,000 was budgeted by the legislature and, with $50,000 set aside for State Historic Preservation Office program management overhead, $950,000 was available. Read More Here...



Check out the past issues of our newsletter.

1st Quarter 2018      
1st Quarter 2017 2nd Quarter 2017 3rd Quarter 2017 4th Quarter 2017
1st Quarter 2016 2nd Quarter 2016 3rd Quarter 2016 4th Quarter 2016





Goldfield’s Birthday Party a Success

Saturday, October 20, 2018, turned out to be a gorgeous, warm autumn day – perfect for celebrating Goldfield’s 115th Birthday. Signs along the highway on both ends of town alerted travelers of free cake and punch up ahead!  Members John Ekman and Ruth Lee donned period dress and stood outside our community center waving cheerfully to drivers.  

Inside, local folk and curious travelers were treated to cake and punch.  The cake was a beauty… three layers of scrumptious carrot cake created by Carolyn Dyson who also prepared two sugar-free lemon Bundt cakes for our folks that have to forego the sugar.  The punch was fruity with a nice fizz and was enjoyed to the last drop. According to the signatures in our Birthday Card, the Society served 80+ guests.

Our visiting travelers came from many places.  We had folks from California, Utah, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Idaho as well as a twosome from Chile and a lovely young family from Paris, France.    We were thrilled to have them stop and join us.

Along with cake, we served up a bit of history as well.  In our exhibit, the photo on the left is Alva Myers who is considered “The Father of Goldfield”. The other photo shows Virgil Earp at far right supervising high stakes gaming in Goldfield in 1905.





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Past Events


Results of the two events hosted by the Goldfield Historical Society
during Goldfield Days, 2018

The Poker Walk, hosted by the Society during Goldfield Days went very well.  The prize moneyLeroy Wood was bankrolled by BEST IN THE DESERT RACING ASSOCIATION based in Las Vegas.  We can’t thank them enough for their generous donation to our event!  The booth was manned by volunteer Brenda Gleffe for two long, hot days with welcome breaks provided by Sandy Beltz. Thank you ladies!  Thirty two poker players signed up and they had their work cut out for them with twelve different stops around town for cards.  The players brought their sealed envelopes back to the booth and picked the best hand.  At the end of the two day event the results were in:

The Top Hand…  Deanna Robinson took home the top prize of  $300 with  5 of-a-kind… all 10’s!!!  Unfortunately she fled before we get a photo.

Second Best Hand...  Straight Flush 8, 9, 10, J, Q of Hearts brought in by Leroy Wood.  He collected $150.  Looking mighty happy in photo at right…  

Third Best Hand... Vicky Johnson (below) took away $50 with 4 of a kind … all 8’s with a Q High.   


Vicky Johnson

Now for The Rest of the Story… 

Later in the day, after all was said, done and awarded we discovered, to our horror, that the third and fourth spots had been inadvertently switched.  The third highest hand was actually another straight flush…3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of Clubs brought in by Dan Sokera.  He was contacted. We explained the error and apologized (humbly) and requested an address to send his rightful winnings.  Mr. Sokera was forgiving and very gracious… said he had such a nice time during the walk that he would forego the cash and we could consider it a donation to our Society.  We thank him for his understanding, kindness and generosity!


Our second event, The White Elephant Hunt  also went well.Payne Family

Although we only sent out eight outback  adventures, our hardy participants reported they enjoyed the sun and dust as well as the hunt.   These are folks who love to load up their GPS  units and hit the back roads.  And, they all accepted their prizes with good humor!  White Elephant gifts are interesting to say the least.

Once again it was the Payne Family (photo at right) of Goldfield who spent quality time searching  thru the back county during the two day event.  Trekking the desert roads on Joan Siebertheir ATV’s is a way of life for this family!

The booth was staffed by Edie Koepnick with the help of members, Stewart Luce and Joan Sieber.   Stewart is a frequent contributor to this website, with interesting stories of Goldfield old-time movers and shakers.   But, Joan was definitely the best dressed.     We thank all our participants and the folks who just stopped by to visit for making our events a success. 





GPS Challenge 2017

The GPS Challenge for 2017, held in August during Goldfield Days, was well received.  Each participant had a chance at the Grand Prize drawing which was a Two Person 3-Day Meal Kit from Backpacker’s Pantry. 

The winner was Shannon Stringer of Tonopah, Nevada.  We thank all the participants as well as the generous folks who stopped by the Historical Society booth with donations and just to visit. You made our event a success.

This little cutie was a special visitor and arrived in style! 








The 2016 GPS Challenge held during Goldfield days is over and the dust has settled. Check out how it all went here...

Historical Society Meetings

Regular Historical Society meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month (except December) at 6:00 pm Oct.-March, 7:00 pm April-Sept in the Chamber of Commerce building in Goldfield, Nevada. Check this site for any changes or contact us by e-mail.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Meeting Minutes


Jan 8, 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Mar 20, 2018 Apr 9, 2018 May 7, 2018
June 26, 2018 July 10, 2018 Aug 7, 2018 Sept 4, 2018 Oct 9, 2018
Nov 13, 2018        


Jan 9, 2017 Feb 13, 2017 Mar 13, 2017 April 10, 2017  May 8, 2017 
June 12, 2017 July 10, 2017 Aug 7, 2017 Sept 11, 2017 Oct 9, 2017
Nov 13, 2017      

Presidents Letters

Presidents Letter 2016