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News, Meetings & Events

News, Meetings and Events
Quarterly Newsletters

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2019, Issue No. 27


It’s been a long, cold winter – lots of rain, snow and cold temperatures. We hope no one has suffered any serious problems as a result. Hopefully, Spring will bring warmer temperatures and we can all get back to our outdoor projects.  Continue reading newsletter here...


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

Historical Society Meetings

Regular Historical Society meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday 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



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June 11, 2019         


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        






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.





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. 





The GPS Challenge for 2017, held in August during Goldfield Days, was well received. Read more here...


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

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