Ranching in the High Desert – Five Generations, One Family

Ranching in the High Desert

Five Generations, One Family

Photography by Jeff Scheid
Opening Program and Reception Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm

No industry is more linked to Nevada’s past than ranching. Ranching was an economic mainstay in the region before statehood, and before flashier industries such as mining and gaming began to define Nevada’s business climate. It was also ranching that gave Nevada its reputation as a land of resilient people who embraced the ups and downs that came with rugged individualism.

Few families embody that ability to adapt more than Nye County’s Fallini clan. The Fallinis have ranched central Nevada’s arid desert for 150 years—for as long as there’s been a Nevada. Ensuring survival of the family’s Twin Springs Ranch has required careful stewardship of the countryside, healthy respect for a fickle Mother Nature and, increasingly, political and policy skill to maneuver ever-changing federal regulations on land use in rural Nevada.

Today, as one of Nevada’s largest and oldest spreads, Twin Springs has become a vital piece of the state’s $441 million-a-year ranching industry—a sector that helps keep rural communities alive.
For more than three decades, Jeff Scheid has been photographing Las Vegas. He chased down the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang and Chicago mobster Tony “The Ant” Spilotro walking defiantly with his defense attorney Oscar Goodman. He photographed the UNLV Running Rebels basketball team on the road to the National Championship. He captured some of the most famous celebrities on the Las Vegas Strip. In a way no one else could, Scheid has been there to tell the story of Las Vegas.


Scheid was born and raised in eastern Montana where the badlands meet the prairie. Inspired by his mother’s work as a journalist, Scheid took his first newspaper job in Glendive, Montana. One of his earliest photo essays depicted a young rural boy who baked cookies, then rode his bike a mile to sell them to oil workers drilling a well. The story was picked up by ABC’s Good Morning America—a very proud moment for that family.

“I’m a visual anthropologist photographing Nevada and Las Vegas, in one of the most dynamic places in the world,” Scheid says. “The mystique of Nevada is based on our photo history, images that pique curiosity and, frankly, could only happen here.”

Special thanks to journalist Jennifer Robison for contributions to the text.

The Artistry of Pete Menefee – Exhibit at NSMLV

The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is proud to present a new exhibition celebrating the extraordinary artistry of costume designer Pete Menefee.

A multiple Emmy-Award-winning costume designer, Pete Menefee is famed for his inimitable work with musical superstars, variety productions, and Nevada’s costume-spectacular stage shows. The Artistry of Pete Menefee, Costume Design for the Nevada Stage interprets the significance of Menefee’s work through photographs, stage costumes, and the original costume design renderings from Hello Hollywood Hello, Jubilee, and Splash.

On exhibit through December, 2017.

Please be advised that the temporary gallery currently contains exhibits that feature nudity. School tour access will be restricted. 


NSMLV Summer Programs 2017

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 12 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in activities. Families can explore Nevada topics through demonstrations, activities, and art projects. No registration is required, and programs are free with regular museum admission.

For more information, please call 702-822-8746 or email

June 10 Pony Express
We’ll use a giant map of Nevada to follow the route taken by these famous riders.

June 17 Desert Diaries
Discover Nevada’s history straight from the people who made it. See what we can learn from diaries left behind, and practice making your own journals.

June 24 All Aboard!
The railroad played a big role in Nevada’s past, and future engineers will learn all about how they work and the people who built them.

July 1 Nocturnal Animals
Summers in the desert are hot, and coming out only at night is a great survival strategy. Come find out all about what happens in the desert after dark.

July 8 Silver State Stories
Come sit by the campfire and hear stories about Nevada. You might even get inspired to write your own story!

July 15 Nevada’s Night Sky
Nevada’s dark skies make it one of the best places in the country for star gazing. Aspiring astronomers will learn all about what we can discover when we look up.

July 22 Photo Frenzy
How has photography changed with new technologies, and how do old photos from the museum’s collections help connect us to our past?

July 29 Shonisaurus to Showgirls: A Walk Through Time
How has Nevada changed over the millennia? We’ll take a walk though time and experience the different eras of Nevada’s past.

August 5 School Days
Before you go back to school, spend some time imagining what it was like in classrooms from the past.

Illustration of Mammoths & Joshua Tree

Fossil Mammoths of Southern Nevada

Fossil Mammoths of Southern Nevada

Dr. Stephen Rowland, UNLV

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
2:00 PM

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
309 S. Valley View Blvd.

April is Paleontology Awareness Month in Nevada, and to celebrate Dr. Stephen Rowland will present a lecture on fossil mammoths. Join us to hear what scientists are learning from the latest research on these animals and what it tells us about life in southern Nevada during the Pleistocene Ice Age.

This program is free with museum membership or paid general admission. Please email or call 702-822-8746 for more information.

Dr. Stephen Rowland

Dr. Stephen Rowland


Dr. Stephen Rowland is a professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1978. Professor Rowland’s primary studies are in the areas of paleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and the history of geology.

Nevada's Big Give is March 23rd, 2017

Nevada’s Big Give – Help Us Raise Money for Field Trips & More

This is the first year that Friends of NSMLV have participated in Nevada’s Big Give, and we are excited about their fundraising goals!

Donating During Nevada’s Big Give Will Help Fund:

  • The Friends of NSMLV have a School Bus program. They pay for buses to bring Clark County fourth graders to the museum on field trips. their goal is to pay for 20 trips by the end of 2017. This means about 1280 kids from under-served Clark County schools will visit the museum and participate in activities with the Education Curator.
  • The butterfly and moth collections at NSMLV are remarkable and irreplaceable sources of information about Nevada insects and the world they inhabit.  The friends are working with NSMLV to photograph and catalog 20,000 insects in the museum’s collection.  Computer equipment is needed to store information about the bugs, and upload it to the web for public access.  The Friends’  goal is to buy one refurbished laptop, and two refurbished desktop computers.

Nevada’s Big Give is March 23rd, but you can donate any time you want before then!

You Can Donate Here

Two Deserts One Sky

Two Deserts, One Sky

Join us for the opening of our new exhibit:

Two Deserts, One Sky
A Student Collaboration Between Rajasthan, India and Southern Nevada, U.S.A.

This innovative collaboration was developed to connect students, ages 8-12, in the Mojave Desert of southern Nevada with their peers in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India in an effort to promote global environmental education through fine art, photography, and science.

Guided by artist and wildlife biologist Sharon K. Schafer, students experienced project-based learning on a global scale and gained an understanding of, not just the issues being faced in their community, but also of similar issues and concerns around the world.

Schafer and local instructors worked with students on both continents to guide students in documenting the natural history of their region with photographs. The project and resulting photographic mural exhibit is committed to arid land environmental education and dedicated to fostering an understanding between cultures of our shared responsibilities to our fragile planet.

The AFC Flag Expedition Program is a unique program established and operated by the Artists for Conservation Foundation (, making possible the artistic field study and rendering of unique threatened habitats, and rare or endangered species deserving of greater public attention.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.

5 Tips for Museum Selfies

In honor of Museum Selfie Day (01/18/2017), the staff at NSMLV has compiled very serious and helpful tips to make sure you get the most out of your selfies. Museums are stuffy places of great dignity and photos should reflect that time-honored tradition. Museum selfies are a fun way to become part of the story and to share your experiences with your friends. In fact, curators take museum selfies almost every day. We want to see your selfies!

You can celebrate museum selfie day by posting your selfies on social media using the hashtags #museumselfie and #nsmlv. We will repost our favorites on twitter, instagram, or facebook. You can use these tips to help take good selfies.


1. Be aware of your surroundings. Much like HBO programs, some exhibits may be frightening for younger or more sensitive visitors.

Be aware of your surroundings

Be aware of your surroundings


2. Make sure your hair doesn’t match the exhibit. This selfie in front of the showgirl wall didn’t really work out.

Make sure your hair doesn't match the exhibit

Make sure your hair doesn’t match the exhibit

3. Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head. (Well, unless that’s what you want).

Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head.

Avoid shots that make it look like something is growing out of your head.

4. Double-check your props. This is especially difficult when dealing with ancient technology. When in doubt, ask a curator.

Double-check your props.

Double-check your props.

5. Watch out for creepy photobombers. They are a real problem in museums. You never know if you’ll get a ghost, mammoth, or curator in your selfies.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.

Watch out for creepy photobombers.


Download the complete infographic here:

The NSMLV Guide to Museum Selfies

The NSMLV Guide to Museum Selfies

Save Your Family History – Digitize Your Family Photos

Crystal Van Dee and Ilana Short, museum curators, will show you how to preserve your family photos for future generations. Participants will learn about different digital formats and ways to record and store digital images.

Admission is $5 at the door and free for Friends of NSMLV.

January 21, 2017
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
NSMLV Special Events Room

Showgirls, showgirls, showgirls!

Showgirls, showgirls, showgirls!

Showgirls, Showgirls, Showgirls, as in what are they are wearing.

Karan Feder shares her expertise concerning costuming in relation to the elaborate production shows with a special emphasis “Les Folies Bergere.”

Nevada State Museum, 309 South Valley View Blvd.  

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
11:30 am
Cost for lunch $15.00, cash only please

Please RSVP to Joe Thomson at or 702-656-8738