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Welcome to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)! The mission of OLLI at UNR is to provide persons 50 years and older with life-enriching educational programs, special and social events, outdoor activities, and opportunities to share knowledge within the community. OLLI at UNR is a diverse, member-driven community of active and inquisitive people committed to exploring new ideas and interests in a welcoming, test and grade-free environment. Join us at OLLI: its the biggest little secret in the Biggest Little City. > PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES > Lectures and Mini-Series

Death Valley Tragedy   

In 1849, members of a 49er party decided to take a short cut to the gold fields in California instead of using the southern route. Taking a shortcut (like so many other emigrants in history) proved to be a tragic mistake. They discovered Death Valley, but at what cost? This is the tale of William Lewis Manly and John Rogers, two superheroes of their time. Why were they heroes? What made them so different from the average emigrant on the trail? This is a little bit of lost history that is quite exciting.

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