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.

12th Annual “Become a Motorman” Class, April 2016

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April 15 – 17, 2016

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Three great days of railroading experience!

$150.00 per person

Maximum of 4 students

Cost of class includes:

Hands On Experience As Motorman And Conductor

Hand-Car Qualification

Nevada State Railroad Museum Rule Book

Railroader’s Hat

Nevada State Railroad Museum Equipment Handbook

Certificate of Attendance

Twenty-Four NSRM Volunteer Hours


A year’s membership in “The Friends Of The Nevada State Railroad Museum”

Click Here for the “Become a Motorman” Class Registration Form

Story Time & Crafts on the Train

Join us in our exclusive climate controlled Dining Car for Story Time & Crafts on Saturday, February 20th! Story time happens on all four runs of the day (10AM, 11:30PM, 1PM & 2:30PM). Theme changes monthly! Story time and crafts are included free with purchase of ticket. 

NSM Behind-the-Scenes Tours in Natural History

Choose 10:00 am or 1:30 pm for your small group behind-the-scenes tour of Natural History collections, including taxidermy. Reservations required; contact Deborah Stevenson at 775-687-4810, ext. 237. Admission: $8 for adults; free for members and ages 17 and under. Limit six persons per tour. Duration: approximately one hour .


Nature Journaling at NSMLV

November 14th, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Nature journaling is a way to record thoughts and observations about one's relationship with the natural world. It uses a combination of writing and graphic arts to record interactions with nature. Nature journalists learn how to be more observant, recognize patterns, use words to describe feelings, and accompany those feelings with drawings or sketches regardless of skill level. Learn the basics from Sharon K. Schafer, the museum's artist in residence. 

Bring your lunch for this workshop and be prepared to explore the trails of the Springs Preserve. 

Please contact Stacy Irvin at or 702-822-8746 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.



Book Signing – Seekers, Saints, & Scoundrels

All southern Nevadans are familiar with the natural beauty that Red Rock Canyon has to offer, but what about the people who have been drawn to this scenic destination throughout history? Their fascinating stories are told in a new book written by several authors from the Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Join us at the museum on Saturday, October 17th at 2 pm to meet the authors and hear more about this little-known side of Red Rock Canyon. The program is free with regular admission, and books will be available for purchase.