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Chinese woodcutters exhibit debuts Friday at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – 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 boom towns – the role […]

Railroad museum features film trilogy on Chinese railroad workers

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Rail by rail and spike by spike, Chinese laborers helped build the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago but their contributions to the United States didn’t end with the driving of the golden spike. Award-winning journalist and filmmaker Min Zhou has devoted the past four years compiling the experiences of the Chinese […]

Nevada State Museum offers new volunteer training

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Do you love Nevada history, and, more importantly, do you love sharing that knowledge with others? If so, the Nevada State Museum has a perfect opportunity. The museum is recruiting for volunteers, who will get a multi-day in-depth jaunt through the museum’s collections and operations. The Nevada State Museum was voted […]

Famed ‘Merci Train’ subject of museum medallion, lectures

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Seventy years ago, on Feb. 21, 1949, a train arrived in Reno carrying a slate-gray boxcar adorned with brightly colored heraldic shields and loaded with gifts from the people of France to the people of Nevada. Loaded aboard a special Virginia & Truckee Railroad flatcar, the historic WWI vintage French boxcar […]

Carson City museums team up for Chinese New Year festivities

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Dancers, drummers and dragons will be on display as the Nevada State Museum and Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada team up Saturday, Feb. 9, to ring in the Chinese New Year and celebrate Chinese culture. The event, which starts at 10 a.m., with Chinese dance demonstrations and crafts in the Dema […]

Comstock pioneer Mackay subject of January museum lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – If the definition of America as “the land of opportunity” needed a singular story to illustrate it, John Mackay’s would be a likely choice and 19th Century Nevada the perfect backdrop. Mackay’s rise from an impoverished Irish immigrant to Comstock Lode magnate lives on in myriad ways in the Silver State […]

Nevada State Museum will strike Curry medallion on Dec. 28

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Museum tips its hat to a seminal figure in the city’s history and continues its months-long celebration leading up to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Carson City U.S. Branch Mint with this month’s medallion minting on Historic Coin Press No. 1. This month’s demonstrations are […]