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From Churches to Saloons: Social Fabric that made Virginia City
August 11 @ 2:00pm
From Churches to Saloons: What was the Social Fabric that made Virginia City of the 1860s?
Mark Weber, local historian and business owner, will present a view of social life and the cultural fabric of Alder Gulch in the 1860s. This presentation will be on Sunday, August 11 at 2PM at the Frank Bird Linderman Cabin near Laurin, Montana. It is sponsored by the Elling House Arts and Humanities Center, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, as part of their sixth Linderman Series history programs.
The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 is the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City. This presentation will examine the role of several institutions, including churches and saloons, that offered options that made Virginia City the “social city” in mid nineteenth Century mining Montana.
Mark Weber is a long-time historian, teacher and business owner in Madison County. For several years, he operated the Elling Gold Exchange and the Creamery, and beautifully restored the buildings which housed those businesses. Mark was also a leading force in forming the Virginia City Preservation Alliance which led to the Bovey properties in Virginia City and Nevada City being saved under the care of the Montana Heritage Commission.