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USS Nevada crewmen welcomed at Nevada State Museums Feb. 10-11 for 100th Anniversary

Five former sailors who served on the battleship USS Nevada will join two Nevada State Museums in marking the 100th anniversary of the battleship’s commissioning at local ceremonies Feb. 10 and 11. Surviving crewmen from the ship’s WWII service will celebrate the centennial by riding on railroad cars representative of the period—the way most every sailor or soldier who went to serve arrived for duty.

The veterans, families and Junior ROTC units will first visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. They will tour the locomotives and railroad cars from the Jackass & Western Railroad from the Nevada Test Site and then ride the historic train to Railroad Pass.

Thursday’s event at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, marks an unusual opportunity for the group to see how the museum tells its WWII stories and incorporates artifacts from the ship, known as BB-36. Veterans will bring their own rare artifacts to donate to the museum and will assemble in the museum’s special events room for a question and answer period with students about the historic events they survived.
The USS Nevada was among seven battleships attacked in Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Three Nevada officers and 47 crew were killed in the attack. The ship was repaired in Bremerton, Wash., and sent back to service, providing gunfire protection in Normandy and supporting several campaigns in the Pacific and Atlantic. It was intentionally sunk after 32 years at sea.

A magnesium box, made by Basic Magnesium of Henderson and famous for carrying 2,300 silver coins given to the survivors of the attack on the USS Nevada, is on special loan to the Las Vegas museum, along with the ship’s wheel and bell, and a pennant damaged in the attack. A silver coin distributed to the crewman is expected to be donated to the museum by one of the veterans.

The WWII era Halsey Saddle is also on loan to the museum and on display in Las Vegas from the U. S. Naval Academy Museum through April.
“The Halsey Saddle was handcrafted in Reno in 1945 to raise funds to support the troops. It was intended for Admiral William Halsey to use on a horse during the Japanese surrender,” said Peter Barton, division administrator for the Nevada Division of Museums and History.

The museum visits are part of several Southern Nevada observances commemorating the events that drew the U.S. into WWII. Among them, veterans will share in the debut of a new documentary film about the ship by military historian Chuck Pride.

The special events are free and open to the public, and space is limited. Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Monday at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. Nevada State Railroad Museum, Boulder City is at 600 Yucca St. For more information contact Dennis McBride at Dennis.McBride@nevadaculture.org, (702) 486-5205 in Las Vegas or Randy Hees at rhees@nevadaculture.org at 486-5933 in Boulder City.

Fabric and function of first jeans invented by JW Davis are subject of talk at Nevada State Museum

The travels and inventions of J.W. Davis, known as the first fabricator of Levi’s, come to the Nevada State Museum from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday Feb. 25, in a talk by genealogist Kathleen P. Clemence.

The inventor of riveted pants came to the American West from Russia, via the Canadian wilderness, Clemence said, with business ventures along the way. A distant relative of Davis’ wife, Annie Packscher, Clemence has conducted extensive research into the intriguing family. Fashion, fabric and function resulted in the work pants that became a famous part of Nevada history.

Clemence’s talk is part of the Frances Humphrey lecture series held monthly at the museum at 600 N. Carson St. Admission is $8 for adults and free for museum members and those 17 and younger. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson at dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or (775) 687-4810, ext. 237.

 

The Lost City Museum presents “The Faces of our Land”

 

The Lost City Museum presents Jo Tame and Dot Blake in “The Faces of our Land”

 Colorfully painted gourds, pencil sketches and watercolor paintings of ancient petroglyphs by Jo Tame and Dot Blake are at the Lost City Museum in “The Focus of Our Land,” through February.

 Tame’s paintings have a unique and abstract background style designed to mirror natural rock formations in the nearby mountains. Dot Blake specializes in painted gourds and lifelike pencil sketches of Native Americans and the local scenery. The artists are residents of Moapa Valley who say they love the desert and rich history left behind by people of the past.

 The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 or visit Facebook.

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Introduction to Nature Photography (taught by Sharon K. Schafer) at NSMLV

Introduction to Nature Photography at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas by Sharon K. Schafer

Take your mind and your camera off auto and learn how to better capture nature with your camera. If you have always wanted to take better photographs of wildlife and were unsure how to achieve it, this beginner-friendly half-day workshop will help you capture the wildlife and nature images you have always wanted.

Learn the rules of composition and when to apply them. Learn the basics of your camera controls and how to use them effectively to achieve your best exposure. 

This workshop is a blend of classroom instruction at the Nevada State Museum, and field experience in the wild areas of the Springs Preserve trail system. 

Because of size restraints, attendees must RSVP in advance by emailing Crystal Van Dee at cvandee@nevadaculture.org or calling at 702-822-8751

Date:
Saturday
March 5, 2016
8 am to 12 pm

Age Limit: 
Participants must be at least 10 years old. 

Requirements: 
1. Digital Camera & camera manual
2. Memory Card
3. Ability to walk 1-2 mile on even ground
4. Make sure your camera batteries are charged.

Workshop Size: 
limited to 20 participants. 

This program is free with regular paid admission. 

Schafer is a wildlife artist/photographer dedicated to the creation of images that foster an understanding and appreciation of the beauty and diversity of wildlands and wildlife around the world.Visit www.SkydanceStudio.com for more information.

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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Museum offers opportunity for fun, friendships with tour guide training in February

Fun and friendships start at the Nevada State Museum’s volunteer tour guide training set for Feb. 16-17 and 23-24 in Carson City. Volunteers are needed now and invited to join the free event that includes lectures, enrichment activities and all materials. Volunteers train to give tours of Nevada State Museum and the State Capitol for school-aged children and adults.

Guides will learn about Nevada’s rich history and culture with programs on USS Nevada’s 100th birthday by Bob Nylen, curator of history; Dayton, by Laura Tennant and Jack Folmar; J.W. and Annie Davis, by Kathleen Clemence; and pre-historic sandals, by archaeologist Pat Barker. In week two, art and science are the focus with staff presentations on Nevada water and animals, and one on wetland birds by Alan Gubanich, education chair of the Lahontan Audubon Society.

Both new and experienced guides are encouraged to attend all four days of training, including two Tuesday potluck lunches. Advance registration is required.

“These volunteers make Nevada’s heritage interesting and lively for the thousands of visitors who come to our museum each year. They enrich the experience for us all and they have a terrific time too,” said Jim Barmore, museum director.

The museum is at 600 N. Carson St., in Carson City. For more information and registration, contact Deborah Stevenson at dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or (775) 687-4810 ext. 237.

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The Midcentury Las Vegas Stage: Acts that Built the Entertainment Capital of the World

You are invited to the opening reception for the new exhibit at the Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery titled “The Midcentury Las Vegas Stage: Acts that Built the Entertainment Capital of the World.”

The exhibition explores both legendary and obscure stage acts from the perspective of the archives at the Las Vegas News Bureau and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. Rarely seen photographs combined with video footage and stage costume tell the distinctive story of Las Vegas' original hotel lounges and showrooms. 

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Thursday, February 18th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Las Vegas City Hall Chamber Gallery
495 S. Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

RSVP to Stacy Irvin, Curator of Education
sirvin@nevadaculture.org or 702-822-8735

NSM Calendar of Events

The Nevada State Museum, Carson City hosts a wide variety of simulating lectures, tours, and events to keep you fulfilled throughout the year. Admission is $8 for adults and free for ages 17 and under. Museum members enjoy all the lectures and events for free! Click here for the latest calendar so you don't miss a single opportunity to stay engaged with and involved in your state museum.

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Detail of mural by Dorothy Nylen of USS Nevada, BB 36, the topic of our March 24 lecture by Judge Chuck Weller. 

“Lost Cities of Southern Nevada” is new museum exhibit on abandoned towns of Southern Nevada

A brand new exhibit at The Lost City Museum in Overton, “Lost Cities of Southern Nevada,” explores the frequent cycles of growth, decline, and sometimes rebirth of communities in Southern Nevada by looking at the history of four areas of Delamar Mountains, The Meadow Valley Wash, Moapa Valley, and Eldorado Canyon. Abandonment of the Lost City area by the ancestral Puebloans is shown to be part of the ongoing story of migration into and out of southern Nevada. The exhibit features artifacts, photographs and printed materials and runs through 2016.

“The images we have to share really show something you won’t see again. Their stories tell us so much about Nevada and how we became who we are,” Jerrie Clarke, museum director, said.

The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 or visit Facebook.

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Lost Cities of Southern Nevada exhibit

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“Lost Cities of Southern Nevada,” is new museum exhibit on abandoned towns of Southern Nevada

A brand new exhibit at The Lost City Museum in Overton, “Lost Cities of Southern Nevada,” explores the frequent cycles of growth, decline, and sometimes rebirth of communities in Southern Nevada by looking at the history of four areas of Delamar Mountains, The Meadow Valley Wash, Moapa Valley, and Eldorado Canyon. Abandonment of the Lost City area by the ancestral Puebloans is shown to be part of the ongoing story of migration into and out of southern Nevada.

The exhibit features artifacts, photographs and printed materials and runs through 2016. “The images we have to share really show something you won’t see again. Their stories tell us so much about Nevada and how we became who we are,” said Jerrie Clarke, museum director.

 The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 or visit Facebook.

Reno Divorcee Movie – Valentine’s Day

Reno Divorcee Movie—Valentine’s Day Event 

In honor of Reno's history as being the Divorcee Capitol, the Society celebrates Valentine's Day with a historic Divorcee Movie.

Movie – Peach-O-Reno, 1931 (63 minutes)

The basic plot of the movie is Wheeler and Woolsey play Wattles and Swift, a pair of Reno divorce attorneys whose practice is so successful that their clients have to take numbers to be served.

When the working day is over, Wattles & Swift convert their law offices into a nightclub, with the secretaries shedding their street clothes to don skimpy dancing outfits and the junior lawyers transforming into waiters.