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Nevada State Railroad Museum Carson City to reopen March 4 with free admission

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City will reopen Saturday, March 4, with free weekend admission for all.

ConductorThe museum has been closed since Jan. 8 due to significant damage from floodwaters that inundated the property, damaging the tracks, fire roads and a number of buildings.

“The museum would like to thank the community, our visitors and volunteers for being patient with the staff and the State of Nevada while we worked to re-open the museum,” said Dan Thielen, museum director. “We would have liked to have been open sooner, but sometimes it does not work out as expected. We are very excited for this weekend and to be open for visitors again and as our gift for the support the community has shown, we welcome everyone at no cost.”

The Jacobsen Interpretive Center will reopen at 9 a.m. on Saturday and admission is free for everyone both Saturday and Sunday. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In the past several days, property restoration and professional cleaning crews finished cleanup in the Interpretive Center, which contains some of the museum’s best-known rolling stock – including the fully restored 1875 steam locomotives the Glenbrook and the Inyo. The center also includes educational displays and the museum store.

Clean-up and restoration operations are continuing on the rail beds and the annex, which stay closed, likely until spring.

“We hope to have the roadbed repaired soon and trains operating in May 2017,” said Adam Michalski, curator of education. “Please watch our website and our Facebook page (Facebook.com/nsrmcc) for the upcoming 2017 Operating Schedule.”

High Noon: Verdi Historical Center

Join host Neal Cobb for our monthly High Noon historical presentation.

This month’s feature is Old Tales of Nevada’s episode on the Verdi Historical Center featuring Barbara Ting.

In addition to the showing of the episode, Ting and Grace Fujii will be on hand to answer questions and share an update on the progress and successes of the Verdi Historical Society since the episode first aired.

The event starts at 12:30 p.m. this month. Admission is $5 for adults; free for members and children 17 and younger.

The High Noon Historical Series is held the third Thursday of every month.

Lecture: The making of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Nevada

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, but it wasn’t always recognized as a state holiday. In fact, it wasn’t until 2000 that all 50 states recognized the holiday.

BerthaNewBertha Mullins, a Reno native who served as chairman of the Northern Nevada Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, has unique insight into the story of the political wrangling involved in creating the state holiday in Nevada.

In recognition of Black History Month, she will share that story on as part of the Nevada State Museum’s Frances Humphrey Lecture Series. Her presentation, “Making the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday,” is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Nevada State Museum.

The museum is located at 600 N. Carson Street. Admission is $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger.

Bertha Mullins is known throughout Nevada for her commitment and dedication to increasing the quality of life for families, her public service on boards and community service organizations and her work in political, economic and professional arenas. She has served on more than 30 boards, including Sierra Nevada Girl Scouts, Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity, Reno/Sparks NAACP Executive Board and the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society.

She holds a B.S. in Health and Human Science from the University of Nevada, Reno and currently serves as the Vice President of Community Outreach for Wells Fargo Bank. To read more about Bertha, got to http://ourstoryinc.com/

Contact: Bob Nylen: Rnylen@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810, ext. 245.

‘Sensational Sagebrush’ highlights Family Fun Saturday at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Fall in love with our state flower, learning its scientific name, how it was used by both early settlers and American Indians and conduct experiments in the lab to observe its unique qualities.

nsm_sensational_sagebrush_smFamily Fun Saturday returns to the Nevada State Museum on Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the subject is sagebrush.

This self-paced program involves all the senses through storytelling, microscope work and a diorama art project that teaches about all the sagebrush obligates including mule deer, jackrabbit, sage grouse pronghorn, cottontail and pigmy rabbits.

No reservations are needed. Participants are encouraged to take their time and enjoy the full variety of activities in both art and science. All ages are welcome.

The Nevada State Museum is located at 600 N. Carson St., Carson City. Admission is $8 for adults; members and children 17 and younger are free. Call (775) 687-4810, ext. 237 or email nsmeducation@nevadaculture.org for more information.

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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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 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.