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State Museum celebrates moon landing’s golden anniversary

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Fifty years after Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one giant leap for mankind,” the image of putting a man on the moon remains a source of pride wrapped in awe for most Americans. The young and young of heart still dream of becoming astronauts and most people […]

Nevada State Museum lecture focuses on ‘CC’ Mint coins

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Rusty Goe has spent much of his professional life on a deep dive into the history of the U.S. Mint in Carson City. He’s written multiple books on the subject and spent thousands of hours in research, getting to know the people who worked there 150 years ago. Through the years, […]

Lecture details lives of immigrant Chinese woodcutters

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Chinese immigrants were abundant in the mining camps of the Sierra Nevada in the latter half of the 19th century. In the 1860s, the first Chinese immigrants found their way to Aurora, Nevada and by the 1870s, they had settled along King Street in Bodie, California, creating a sizeable Chinatown. By […]

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 […]