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Museum lecture to bring Parks Service founder to life

CARSON CITY, Nevada – A bronze plaque at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada memorializes Stephen T. Mather, the founder and first director of the National Park Service. The inscription reads: “He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved […]

Nevada Historical Society launching gaming lecture series

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada Historical Society in Reno is launching a new lecture series that celebrates one of the state’s most important industries: gaming. The American Gaming Archives Lecture Series debuts Oct. 13 with a wine-and-cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. preceding the inaugural lecture by Bill Watson, chief executive and curator of the […]

Carson museums team for a day of railroad history

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum are teaming up for a day of history about one of the state’s most beloved artifacts and the rail line on which it operated. The 142-year-old Glenbrook locomotive – originally built to help transport lumber from the Tahoe Basin to the silver […]

Nevada’s youngest executed prisoner subject of lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Floyd Burton Loveless became the youngest person ever executed by the state of Nevada, when, at age 17, he was sent to the gas chamber in Nevada State Prison on Sept. 29, 1944. His execution sparked a national controversy over the constitutionality of juvenile capital punishment. What led Loveless to his […]

State Capitol opens to the public on Saturdays

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Public access to Nevada’s State Capitol is being expanded to include Saturday hours. The 146-year-old silver-domed Capitol – the centerpiece of state government located in the heart of Carson City – will be open to the public on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Aug. 19. “The opening of […]

Museums a part of life for new Lost City Museum director

Jenny Strayer might be one of the few who can say she had Henry Ford as her babysitter. Well, technically, it was the Henry Ford Museum, where Strayer spent much of her childhood in Dearborn, Mich. “My father was an engineer at Ford and worked right across the street from the Henry Ford Museum,” Strayer […]

Who, who: Museum’s August lecture is all about owls

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Nevadans might be surprised to know their state is home to nearly a dozen species of owl, including the great horned owl – the largest nocturnal bird of prey in the state. Owls occupy a variety of habitats throughout Nevada but are seldom seen by the public because much of their […]

Red light women and a notorious murder subject of lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Julia Bulette is perhaps the most infamous of the women who worked the red light districts of the late 1800s mining camps in Nevada and California, surely because of her murder in Virginia City in 1867. But, as author Robin Flinchum discovered in her research, Bulette was hardly alone. Flinchum is […]

Motor cars, muscle cars and music at Railroad Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – It will be a weekend of classics at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Aug. 19-20 – with a mix of music, railroad and automotive history. The museum will be offering rides both days on its two motorized rail cars – the 1910 McKeen Motor Car and the 1926 Edwards Motor Car. […]

History walks benefit Friends of Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – A walking tour highlighting the homes of former Nevada governors is being offered on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month by the Friends of the Nevada State Museum. The 9 a.m. tour, which is open to individuals and groups, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, Aug. 8, Aug. 22, […]