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Iconic legislator Joe Neal subject of museum lecture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – As the 80th session of the Nevada Legislature nears its end, an iconic and history making former legislator is the focus of this month’s Frances Humphrey Lecture Series at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. “Westside Slugger: Joe Neal’s Lifelong Fight for Social Justice,” is the presentation by Hall of […]

Medallion minting memorializes Promontory railroad car

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Carson City’s two state museums – the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum – are collaborating on a project that highlights of 150-year-old artifacts in both museums’ collections. On Saturday, May 18, the Nevada State Museum will fire up its 150-year-old Coin Press No. 1 for the first public […]

Museum lecture celebrates Northern Nevada theater

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Nevada’s theatrical history is long, rich and storied – from Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City to the McKissick Theater in Reno to the Eureka Opera House to the casino showrooms big and small around the state. The state has experienced a wide array of colorful characters, theater activities and movements […]

‘Abe Curry Day’ coming up April 20 at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – He’s got a street named after him and statue on the mall between the state capitol and Nevada Legislature. Now Abraham Curry – the Father of Carson City – is going to have a day of his own at the Nevada State Museum. Among his myriad accomplishments, Curry (1815-1873) also served […]

Museum lecture tells of ‘women of the Carson City Mint’

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Museum continues its months-long celebration leading up to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Carson City U.S. Branch Mint with lectures and other special events in March. Recognizing March is also Women’s History Month, the museum is presenting the lecture “Women Workers of the Carson City […]

Nevada State Museum event celebrates Hawaiian culture

CARSON CITY, Nevada – For the second consecutive year, the Nevada State Museum will celebrate Hawaiian culture with “Lei Day.” The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. It is open to the public and admission is free. Emulating “May Day is Lei Day,” in Hawaii, the museum’s […]

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 […]

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 […]