Medallion Celebrates 150 years of Carson City Mint

Nevada Sesquicentennial medallion

One hundred fifty years to the day after it pressed the first Liberty Seated silver dollars at the Carson City Mint, the very same coin press will be minting medallions in the same building in commemoration of the historic event.

It’s all part of Mint150 – the Nevada State Museum’s celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Carson City Mint. Festivities will start just before 10 am on Tuesday, February 4 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City. Admission is free. Continue reading

Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery Opens at Stewart Cultural Center & Museum

Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at Stewart Nevada

The new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is not only a showcase of the history of the Stewart Indian School, but also a celebration of tradition and culture still thriving today.

The Cultural Center’s Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery, opens January 20 with the exhibit “Indigenous Voices of the Great Basin.” This exhibit of Native American contemporary art will show through October 1, and will be followed by ongoing rotating exhibits curated by Great Basin Native Artists. Continue reading

Lecture Tells of Carson City Mint’s Architect and Architecture at 2 pm December 21

Alfred Mullet

The U.S. Mint building in Carson City is one of the city’s most recognizable, enduring and beloved structures.

Those adjectives likely would not apply to Alfred B. Mullett, the man who designed the building, now home to the Nevada State Museum, 150 years ago – especially “beloved.”

From 1866 to 1874, the British-born Mullett served as the supervising architect for the U.S. Treasury Department, the agency in charge of designing government buildings. That included structures ranging from Post Offices and Courthouses around the country to a pair of U.S. Branch Mints – Carson City and San Francisco.

He earned a reputation as a micromanaging authoritarian with an explosive temper and the New York Sun described him as “the most arrogant, pretentious and preposterous little humbug in the United States.” Continue reading