CARSON CITY — Author and University of Nevada, Reno professor James Hulse will sign and discuss his newest book, “Nevada’s Environmental Legacy: Progress or Plunder,” published by the University of Nevada Press, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. Hulse is a professor emeritus of history whose textbook “The Silver State” became a classic in Nevada college history courses. His latest work examines the role of rapid development on the state’s fragile resources.
Hulse said the book makes an effort to see both sides of the issues, offering an unbiased perspective on the effects of mining, grazing, urban sprawl, water use, atomic testing and population growth in his home state. He dedicated the book to “our grandchildren, who will harvest what we planted.”
A native Nevadan from Pioche, Hulse has been writing about history for 40 years and taught at UNR for 35. After retirement, Hulse chose to focus on environmental issues, a topic he believes few historians address.
“I’m an optimistic person, but I am not optimistic that the land and resources of Nevada can keep up with the growth,” Hulse said.
Early arrival is recommended. Doors open at 6 p.m. for book signing and the lecture runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for museum members and children 17 and younger; non-member adults cost $8. For more information, call 687-4810, ext. 237. The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 N. Carson St. and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.