From a University of Nevada Press news release
Delightful and touching stories in Patricia D. Cafferata’s new Christmas in Nevada tell how Nevada’s residents have celebrated the Christmas holiday from 1858 to the present. Some are told by well-known Nevadans, such as Robert Laxalt and former governors Bob List and Richard Bryan, but much more of the book shows ordinary Nevadans celebrating the season in diverse ways.
Through extensive research and personal interviews, Cafferata has created a heartwarming collection of stories. The range of the state’s ethnic and immigrant heritage is showcased by stories of Basque, Mexican American, Native American and African American celebrations, along with traditions of Italian, German, Danish and Serbian origins.
Some of the more unusual accounts include the story of three miners trapped underground for 45 days during the Christmas season, Tonopah’s “Nevergreen” tree and Reno’s Santa pub crawl.
Cafferata has served in the Nevada Assembly, as Nevada state treasurer and as district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties. She is co-author with her mother of Barbara F. Vucanovich: From Nevada to Congress, and Back Again. She is a lifelong resident of Reno.
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