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Karen Dustman

A native of New England, Karen hated history in school. “They always taught the boring stuff,” she smiles. “Names, dates, wars – things that were easy to test on, but none of the people-stories.” And it's the people-stories that she loves most, because they give "history a heart.”

After moving to the Eastern Sierra in 2001, Karen and her husband became interested in the local history. Karen's research on old Silver Mountain City, Alpine County's original county seat, turned into a book in 2011. Since then, she’s published 8 more books on Sierra history and cemeteries; a how-to book on writing family history/memoir; and over two dozen oral histories. Find her books at; several are also on Amazon.

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April 1, 2021

Episode 26 - Stonecutter W.E.Lindsey and the Genoa Cemetery in Genoa,…

Special guest Karen Dustman tells the stories of stonecutter W.E.Lindsey who is credited with carving many elaborate headstones in Nevada, California, Illinois and many other states. She also shares the research she and her colleagues have done to publish the …

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