Nevada State Museum’s Photo Collaboration Honored With Another National Award

Las Vegas LineupAn innovative collaborative project between the Las Vegas News Bureau, Nevada State Museum Las Vegas and the greater Las Vegas community and visitors to identify people in thousands of historic photographs continues to earn national recognition.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently conveyed its Award of Excellence to “Las Vegas Lineup,” the project by Kelli Luchs, archivist for the Las Vegas News Bureau, and Ilana Short, former manager of photography collections at Nevada State Museum. Continue reading

Jack Malotte Retrospective at Nevada Museum of Art

by Jack Malotte

Jack Malotte makes artworks that celebrate the Great Basin, with a focus on contemporary Native American political issues. Born and raised in Reno, Malotte currently resides in Duckwater, Nevada, and is an enrolled member of the South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone.

This major retrospective showcases the full breadth of Malotte’s career, including drawings, prints, graphics, paintings, and an outdoor mural. Continue reading

Forgotten Winchester Has a New Home at Great Basin National Park

The Forgotten Wichester at Great Basin National Park Nevada

A new exhibit is open featuring the rifle found leaning against a tree

“The Forgotten Winchester” was found by Great Basin National Park staff in November 2014 leaning up against a tree in the middle of a forested area. Who did the rifle belong to? Why was it left there? And many other questions were inspired by the Forgotten Winchester. The rifle still has its serial number but the only information we know for certain is it was manufactured in 1882. Continue reading

Car Show to Raise Preservation Funds for Dangberg Historic Park

Minden Car Show for Dangberg Ranch

Classic cars will come to downtown Minden on August 23-24 for a public event to raise restoration funds for the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.

Lead sponsors of the event include Bently Heritage, Carson Valley Accounting, Horse Tales magazine, and Sorensen’s Resort. Proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. Continue reading

New State Museum Exhibit: ‘The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made’

V&T Coach 17

V&T Coach 17

The completion of the transcontinental railroad in the spring of 1869 changed America forever, dramatically reducing the time and cost for people and goods to move across country and accelerating the western expansion of the industrial revolution.

This spring, the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will unveil a major new exhibit: “The Transcontinental Railroad: What a Difference it Made”. The centerpiece of the new exhibit is the only railroad car still in existence that was at Promontory the day the railroads came together – a milestone day in the history of the country. Continue reading

Nevada Historical Society exhibit celebrates Reno Rodeo centennial

Reno Rodeo Parade, 1950s

The Reno Rodeo is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 and the Nevada Historical Society is tipping its cap to the city’s longest running special event with a new exhibit.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Historical Society will unveil, “Reno Rodeo: 100 Years of the Wildest Richest Rodeo in the West.” Continue reading

Aurora/Bodie Chinese Woodcutters Exhibit at Nevada State Museum Carson City

Chinese woodcutters

This 1908 photograph by J. Holman Buck shows wood being hauled by a team of burros in Bodie, California in 1908. [Photo courtesy of Nevada Historical Society]

In their heydays in the boom-and-bust mining culture of the late 1800s, the mining camps of Aurora, Nevada and nearby Bodie, California had a combined population of nearly 20,000.

Keeping the thriving camps supplied was an ongoing challenge.

A little-known piece of history of the two boomtowns – the role of the Chinese woodcutters who supplied firewood and charcoal to the camps – is the subject of a major new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum. Continue reading