Author Jack Harpster and First Lady Dawn Gibbons celebrate the debut of our newest book at the History for Hope Gala at Trump International.
It has been a long haul, like many such projects, to get from idea to a finished book in hand. When author Jack Harpster first proposed this book, the centennial was two-plus years away — which is actually just about the right amount of time needed to research, write, edit, acquire images, proofread, design, layout, print, bind, and ship.
Author Jack Harpster interviewed by Channel 3 News.
This week has been the culmination of this work, with two special events and a road trip. We started Thursday with an elegant evening at Trump International where First Lady Dawn Gibbons hosted a charity gala for the Austism Coalition of Nevada. The mansion’s centennial was the focus with a painting especially commissioned by the First Lady for the mansion unveiled and our book debut in Las Vegas.
Governor Gibbons poses with young admirer after signing a copy of 100 YEARS.
The state’s colors of blue and silver were everywhere from the crushed velvet table drapery to the magnificent silver candelabras. Former governors, first ladies, and their families were in attendance and popular Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes led the entertainment.
Governor Gibbons addresses the crowd as former Governors Bryan and Miller look on. That's our book table behind the Guv.
Friday was road trip day as Bill and I loaded up with more books and drove up to Carson City. The drive through Nevada seems desolate at times, but the wide opens spaces and big blue skies are a refreshing change from city life.
The official centennial celebration of the mansion took place on Saturday with plenty of dignitaries, cannons, flags, pomp and circumstance, and a little thunder, lightening, and rain.
Former governors Bryan and Miller joined current Governor Jim Gibbons in making remarks along with Denver Dickerson, grandson of Governor Dickerson, the first to occupy the mansion.
The mansion festivities were open to the public, to share in the celebration of the People’s House. We were thrilled to be a part of such a memorable event.