Get Groovy, Man, During 1970s-Inspired History Symposium

The National Automobile Museum provides a captivating educational forum about the trends, news and culture of the 1970s.

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Far out! The National Automobile Museum is hosting the 13th annual History Symposium with a 1970s twist.

Titled “The 1970s: Activism: Voices for Change,” attendees will have the chance to explore the trends, news and culture of the decade that brought us an immense oil crisis, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, thigh-high boots and disco. With a lineup of esteemed national speakers, historians, authors, local scholars and anthropology experts, and more, this is the event for history buffs in northern Nevada.

WHAT:           The 1970s: Activism: Voices for Change History Symposium

WHEN:           April 26 and 27, 2017, from 4 – 9 p.m.

                        April 29, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

WHERE:         National Automobile Museum

TICKETS:     Tickets $55 per person available at

This event is open to the public, but also recognized as continuation credit for educator licensure for the Nevada Department of Education.

“We are excited to bring another incredibly educational and historically significant event to the biggest little city,” said Jackie Frady, museum president and executive director. “Here we’ll learn a lot about what the pulse was like in the 70s and how that transpired to the country we know today. It ought to be an interesting event for area educators, as well as those interested in learning a bit more about the instrumental era.”

The  History Symposium is is funded in part by Nevada Humanities Teaching American History Project,  20th Century Automobile Endowment Fund and National Automobile Museum Volunteers.

2017 History Symposium Presenter List

·      David Farber, Ph.D., Professor of Modern American History, Department of History, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, author.  Role: Presenter on the Iran hostage crisis and America's first encounter with radical Islam

·      Thomas Borstelmann, Ph.D., Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Distinguished Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, author.  Role:  Presenter on exploration of how the 1970s forged the contours of contemporary America

·      Gary R. Edgerton, Ph.D., Dean of College of Communication, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, author. Role:  Presenter on television in the 1970s and its influential social force on us then and now

·      James Lileks, columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, syndicated political humor columnist, blogger and author.  Role:  Presenter on a humorous look at 1970s culture including "hideous" interior design, fashion, etc.

·      Elizabeth Raymond, Ph.D., History Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, author. Role: Presenter on the women movement in the 1970s, dismantling inequity in laws, opening participation on a public political level, etc.

·      Alicia Barber, Ph.D., author, historian and consultant. Role:  Presenter on the transformation of Nevada/Reno in the 1970s

·      Xiaoyu Pu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Political Science, University of Nevada, Reno.  Role: Nixon's visit to China and Chinese foreign policy

·      William N. Cathey, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Instruction and Undergraduate Programs, Professor of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno (retired). Role: Provides guidance on symposium planning, a presenter and master teacher for continuing education credit; expertise in history, automotive industry

For more information about the National Automobile Museum, named one of America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums, visit

About The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection)

One of “America’s Five Greatest Automobile Museums,” the National Automobile Museum showcases more than 200 remarkable automobiles. It features theatre presentations and audio tours in English and Spanish through 100,000 square-feet of galleries, exhibits and vibrant street scenes and accompanying artifacts that bring displays to life. The museum is a dynamic and popular venue for special events as intimate as 60 and as large as 1,200 guests.

For more information, visit

Hours of Operation

Mon. - Sat.:  9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sun.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Source: National Automobile Museum


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