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Nevada Welcomes the World

The museum’s latest exhibit, Nevada Welcomes the World, is a celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Nevada’s contributions to the 1915 Panama-Pacific and California-Pacific International Expositions.

These expositions led to some of California’s more memorable landmarks such as San Diego’s Balboa Park and San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts.

For Nevada, the expositions were a way to promote the resources of the Silver State to millions of attendees.

In Nevada Welcomes the World, photographs, costumes, manuscripts, and memorabilia tell the story of Nevada’s participation in the expositions.

Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild

Sharon K. Schafer’s new photography exhibit, Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild invites us to step forward into the circle of family and acknowledge our kinship with Nature while examining our ever-increasing estrangement and disconnection with this precious planet. This exhibit opens October 30th, 2015 (with a special preview for members on October 29th, 2015).

Sagebrush Psychedelic: Play in the Desert Exhibition

|m1|The Nevada Historical Society is featuring a museum exhibit takes a closer look at the draw of Nevada’s enigmatic landscape and the legends that inspired elements of the libertine, countercultural movement at the 1965 Red Dog. The exhibit will present a multi-sensory exploration of Nevada place images, tourism, fantasy, and play highlighting the Charlatans, the Comstock, and today’s countercultural life sketched in a similar vein, namely through Burning Man.

Scouts Train for New Merit Badge at Museum

May 20th, 2015. By Steven Slivka of the Boulder City Review.

Boy Scouts from across the Las Vegas Valley made their way to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City on Saturday as they learned the ins and the outs of the industry for their railroad merit badges.

“Railroading is becoming a dying art form, as it were, so it’s good to get the boys out here to see the importance of not only the history of railroading, but the safety aspects of it,” said Kelly Williams, assistant Scout master of Troop 700 of Las Vegas.

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Railroad History Roars to Life in Boulder City

By Margo Bartlett Pesek of the Las Vegas Review Journal on March 14, 2015.

Part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, the museum preserves a few miles of the branch line that the Union Pacific built in 1931 to serve the Boulder Dam Project during the construction of Hoover Dam. Weekend excursion trains roll along 7 miles of original track during round-trips that last about 35 minutes.

The Southern Nevada Railway excursion offers an introduction to an era that has nearly disappeared. For many visitors, this train ride may be their first such adventure. Railroads used to connect nearly all towns in America. Today, fewer rail lines operate and far fewer Americans ever board a train.

Dozens of railroads once served Nevada mines and communities. Today, only two major railroads still cross through Nevada. Only three short lines — the V&T from Virginia City to Carson City, the Nevada Northern in Ely and Boulder City’s Nevada Southern — remain from yesteryear.

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Boulder Rail Line Extension Part of I-11 Project

September 27, 2014. By: Richard N. Velotta of the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Ever since engineers first began drawing lines on maps delineating where Interstate 11 would go in Southern Nevada, the focus has been on truck and automobile transportation on the state’s highway system.

It turns out that rail aficionados will have something to cheer about when workers contracted by the Nevada Transportation Department begin construction of the new freeway next spring.

The Boulder Branch railroad line, a 22-mile spur that veers off the main Union Pacific line near Russell Road in Las Vegas south through Henderson, will be restored to Boulder City as part of the I-11 project.

The line was severed in 1998 when tracks at a grade crossing on U.S. Highway 95 near the Railroad Pass casino were paved over.

Two bridges, one for pedestrians and one for the railroad track, are a part of the I-11 project.

To Greg Corbin, director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, it’s the fulfillment of a long-held promise to restore the line all the way to Boulder City.

“To finally see this all come together is really satisfying,” said Corbin, who called the bridge the single most important project for the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum in Boulder City.

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Round-Trip Career Steers Corbin to Roots

August 13, 2014. By Steven Slivka of the Boulder City Review.

Greg Corbin, director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, is leaving for Carson City, the place where his career started 33 years ago.

Corbin, 61, will become the new director of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Northern Nevada after 16 years as director in Boulder City. It’s the final stage of a long museum career that Corbin had no intention of pursuing when he first got a job at the Carson City museum in 1981.

He said he enjoyed seeing the train tracks as a kid in Sacramento, but never would have guessed that one day he would become director of a railroad museum.

Corbin spent three years as a state park ranger in Lake Tahoe, but his refusal to relocate to desolate locations prevented him from moving up in the system.

“I got married,” Corbin said, laughing. “When you work in the state park system and you want to advance, you have to be able to move to some pretty remote parts of the state. I had to find something that kept me at home.”

So, putting his family first, Corbin landed a job at the Carson City Railroad Museum instead of hitting the road as a park ranger. It was the unscripted beginning to an “accidental” career.

“It wasn’t by design,” he said. “It was just some place I found myself.”

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