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Registration Open for the Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory

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Date: July 15, 2011

Registration is open for the Ninth Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory, November 4-6, 2011 in Beatty, Nevada.This year’s topics include the legendary Lost Gunsight Mine, the experience of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers in Death Valley, a post-mortem of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, prostitution at Ash Meadows, and exciting research on the original ‘49er reunions.

The conference features two days of speakers and performances, and Sunday provides field trip options to local attractions: a day trip to Gold Point for lunch with Sheriff Stone, a four wheel drive tour of the railroad grade between Beatty and Rhyolite, and a historical tour of Rhyolite are on the schedule. The Friday night reception includes a book fair featuring regional historians and book sellers. Saturday night's banquet will be held at the Beatty Community Center.

The conference location, the Community Center in Beatty, Nevada, can accommodate more participants than previous conferences. Registration is $125, and includes two lunches, the Friday reception and Saturday banquet, as well as a soft-bound copy of the papers presented at the conference. Authors and book sellers are welcome to exhibit their books Friday and Saturday for a small fee.

Special room rates apply for lodging in Beatty, see www.dvnha.org for more information. The conference is sponsored by the Death Valley Natural History Association, the Shoshone Museum, the Beatty Museum, the Death Valley ‘49ers, and the National Park Service.

Since 1987, the Death Valley Conference on History and Prehistory has provided an outlet for historians, natural scientists and performance artists to present their knowledge and appreciation of the Death Valley region to an interested community of Death Valley enthusiasts. Following the conference, a book that documents the proceedings of the conference will be produced and sent to each conference attendee. Volumes four through eight of the conference proceedings are still available to the general public.

To register, go to www.dvnha.org or call DVNHA at 800-478-8564, ext. 10. For more information contact Candace Lieber, Death Valley Natural History Association, 775-537-0787 ext. 208.

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