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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 ( 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

Contact: Bob Nylen: 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 for more information.

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, (702) 486-5205 in Las Vegas or Randy Hees at 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 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.


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 or calling at 702-822-8751

March 5, 2016
8 am to 12 pm

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

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 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 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. 


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 or 702-822-8735