About The Board
BOARD OF MUSEUMS AND HISTORY
The Board of Museums and History is established by state law (NRS 381.002) to support the activities of the Division of Museums and History (DM&H) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). With respect to the SHPO the Board may develop, review and approve policy for matters relating to the State Historic Preservation Plan, nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic places including determination of eligibility for each property nominated. With respect to the functions of the DM&H, the Board shall develop, review and make policy for investments, budgets, expenditures and general control of the Divisions’ private and endowed trust funds.
The Board consists of eleven members appointed by the Governor; six members of the general public who are knowledgeable about museums; one member who is qualified in history; one member who is qualified in prehistoric archeology; one member who is qualified in historic archeology; one member who is qualified in architectural history; and one member who is qualified as an architect.
The Board meets quarterly, generally alternating between northern and southern Nevada venues.
The Board of Museums and History is funded from revenue collected in the private trust funds accrued from the sale of merchandise, memberships and donations. The Board of Museums and History does not receive any funds from the State General Fund.
Chair, General Public
He expanded a news operation at a newly acquired CBS affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee and he helped begin 24-hour regional all-news cable channels in Virginia, Tennessee and Las Vegas. Stoldal launched Las Vegas ONE, a 24-hour local news television operation.
Retiring in 2007, he shifted attention to Nevada and Las Vegas history through writing and support of organizations focused on preservation of Nevada heritage. By 2009, he was executive vice president of news for Sunbelt Communication. He expanded Channel 3’s daily news program by three and a half hours. Responsible for the news operations at Sunbelt’s broadcast outlets in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko, he directly oversaw the news operations of Channel 3 until 2014. In July of 2015, Stoldal joined the news operation of KNPR, public radio for Nevada, serving southern and eastern Nevada.
A graduate of Las Vegas High School, Stoldal was the student librarian and wrote for the school newspaper. At the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he was the editor of the student newspaper. He attended Notre Dame, and Belmont University.
He was first appointed to the Board of Museums and History in 1986. He is on the City of Las Vegas Centennial Commission, vice chair and charter board member of Preserve Nevada and on the board of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Stoldal is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Radio and Television News Directors Association and Nevada Freedom of Information Coalition. A veteran of community service, he has chaired many Las Vegas area boards.
Alicia M. Barber
PH.D, Architectual Historian
Chair of the City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission, Dr. Barber also serves on the board of directors of Preserve Nevada. Her publications include “Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City,” the co-edited oral history volume, “We Were All Athletes: Women’s Athletics and Title IX at the University of Nevada,” and numerous chapters and articles for both scholarly and popular publications. Recipient of the 2014 Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, she blogs about history and place at www.aliciambarber.com.
PH.D., Historic Archeology
ing interests include the archeology of working communities such as mining towns, social theories of power relations, and collaborative archeology with American Indian communities. Her first book is titled “The Plurality of Power: An Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism.” She is collaborating with American Indian stakeholders in publishing an edited book on the archeology and preservation of Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada.
She has been a Nevada resident since 1980 and resides in Fallon.
VICE CHAIR, Prehistoric Archeology
Mr. Ostrovsky held various human resources management positions at MGM and Bally’s Casino and Resorts. He was the corporate vice president of human resources for Bally’s Grand, Inc. In this role, he managed all human resources and labor relations matters for Bally’s Reno and Las Vegas. He also served as vice president of human resources for MGM Grand, Inc., and handled all governmental affairs for the corporation from 1973 to 1986.
Mr. Ostrovsky serves as a trustee for IATSE Training, Disability and Pension Trusts. He is chairman of the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs, member of the State Board of Museums and History since 1998, and serves as chairman of the Nevada Cultural Affairs Foundation. He was a member of the Department of Industrial Relations Advisory Board from 1981 through 1998 and 2009 through 2012 and its chairman from 1989 through 1999 and 2009 through 2012. The board oversees workers’ compensation, safety and industrial insurance regulation. Mr. Ostrovsky is a also past president of the United Way of Northern Nevada, the Las Vegas Chapter of the American Society of Training and Development, and the Nevada Self-Insured Employers Association.
Since 1991, Schorr served as an integral member of the Wynn Resorts team, developing the international marketing department in Macau, the interactive gaming division and The Wynn Collection of Fine Art. He also worked at Bellagio Resort and Casino, The Mirage and Treasure Island hotels and casinos, and the Golden Nugget, Laughlin.
Schorr and partner Jeffrey Fine own and operate Fifth Street Gaming and its affiliate, Lucky Silver Management, including three casinos in North Las Vegas. The principals of Fifth Street Gaming also control, through affiliates, the LEV Restaurant Group, a food and beverage operation with more than 35 restaurants in the Las Vegas area.
ANTHONY TIMMONS, General Public
Timmons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a concentration in marketing, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Missouri State University.
E’SHA HOFERER, General Public
E’sha was a recipient of the Native American Scholarship from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village where he received his BA in Humanities in 2012. He spent many hours recording Paiute Elders in his adolescence years and creating informational videos for the Walker River Cultural Program. After graduating in 2012, he has continued to preserve the Northern Nevada Paiute culture by teaching the Paiute language at Schurz Elementary School in Schurz.
E’sha interests are implementing technology with preserving the Northern Paiute culture. He is also on the Walker River Tribal Council as the Tribal Secretary. He is determined to continue to educate the Nevada people on Nevada’s Indigenous history by continuing to preserve the life ways of Nevada Paiute (Numu), Shoshone (Newe) & Washoe (Washeshu) people.
MERCEDES DE LA GARZA, Architect
Heavily involved in the regional community, she is one of the founding members of the nonprofit Historic Reno Preservation Society. Mercedes currently serves on the Reno Philharmonic Board of Trustees, KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees, Sierra Business Council Board and the EDAWN Foundation Board of Directors. She also has served on the advisory boards of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Holland Project, a nonprofit youth arts organization, as well as served two appointed terms on the City of Reno Historic Resources Commission.
Mercedes received her first professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, her second professional degree of Master of Architecture, Design and Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles. She continued her studies with Enric Miralles (Spain) and Peter Cook (UK) in Post Graduate Master Class at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Staedelschule, Frankfurt Germany. She has been employed with several award-winning architecture firms, most notably with AIA Gold Medalist Charles W. Moore FAIA.
Janet Pearce Petersen, General Public
Janet Pearce Petersen is a fifth-generation Nevadan and the director of the Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum in Elko. She has a lifelong interest in and appreciation of the customs, legacies and stories of northeastern Nevada, the Great Basin and the American West.
Born and raised in Elko County (both she and her husband, Dennis, had family members in Elko since 1869), Petersen attended Elko schools and Great Basin College. She spent many years at the Northeastern Nevada Museum, worked as a history interpreter at the California Trails Interpretive Center in Elko. She also runs the kids’ program during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the Western Folklife Center.
She is passionate about Nevada history and was appointed to the Board of Museums and History by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2018.