Today is the 74th day of 2019 and the 85th day of winter.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 44 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus.
In 1820, Maine was admitted as the 23rd U.S. state.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson sent 4,800 U.S. troops into Mexico to capture revolutionary Pancho Villa.
In 1985, the computer manufacturing company Symbolics registered the first internet domain name.
In 2011, security forces opened fire on protesters in Damascus, marking the beginning of the Syrian Civil War.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh U.S. president; Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933- ), U.S. Supreme Court justice; Judd Hirsch (1935- ), actor; Phil Lesh (1940- ), musician; Sly Stone (1943- ), singer-songwriter; Bobby Bonds (1946-2003), baseball player; Dee Snider (1955- ), singer-songwriter; Bret Michaels (1963- ), singer-songwriter; Mike Tomlin (1972- ), football coach; Eva Longoria (1975- ), actress; will.i.am (1975- ), rapper/record producer; Jai Courtney (1986- ), actor.
TODAY’S FACT: The salary of the chief justice of the United States was $4,000 in 1789. Chief Justice John Roberts’ salary is currently $267,000.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1962, the NBA’s Wilt Chamberlain became the first and only player to score 4,000 points in a single season.
ELKO – Ever want to meet visitors from throughout the world, demonstrate traditional Native American skills, or perform old fiddle tunes in a pioneer camp?
The California Trail Interpretive Center is recruiting volunteers to serve in the following areas:
Volunteer staff serve as front line representatives of the Trail Center. Welcoming visitors and providing basic information is a vital part of Trail Center operations. Information desk volunteers have the opportunity to meet and assist visitors from around the world.
Park Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator Greg Feathers said it isn’t necessary to be an expert on the California Trail or history. “All that’s required is a love of people, good communication skills, and a warm smile,” he said.
Native American History
The California Trail Center seeks volunteers to demonstrate traditional Great Basin Indian lifeways, both indoors and outdoors. Examples include Indian beadwork, traditional Native foods and basket making.
Pioneer and Mountain Man Reenactors
The Trail Center also seeks volunteers to share their unique pioneer or mountain man skill. Just a few examples include operating a spinning wheel, performing traditional music in the pioneer camp, or cooking fresh biscuits over a campfire. During California Trail Days, reenactors have the opportunity to interact with hundreds of visitors in the span of one weekend.
“Reenactors provide visitors with an authentic experience of life on the trail. Encouraging visitors to see, touch, smell, hear, and taste history greatly enriches their experience,” Feathers said.
The education program at the Trail Center is wide and varied. Some volunteer educators teach students about pioneers and the California Trail. Others utilize the 40-acre site to focus on outdoor environmental education programs, and teach students about Great Basin biology and geology.
“Volunteers bring their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the Trail Center to enhance the educational experience of Nevada students,” Feathers said.
For more information about volunteer opportunities at the California Trail Interpretive Center, contact Greg Feathers at 775-738-1849.
For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call 775-738-1849. Visit the California Trail Interpretive Center online at www.californiatrailcenter.org or on Facebook.
The California Trail Interpretive Center is located eight miles west of Elko on I-80, Hunter exit 292. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.