Friends General Meeting / Nevada Rock Art Talk08/15/20196:00pm
Kish LaPierrre, an archaeologist at Nellis Air Force Base, will discuss Nevada rock art at the April 18 meeting of the Friends, to be held 6-7 p.m. at state museum. Meetings are free & open to public.
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Summer Family Program: Triassic Nevada08/03/20191:00pm
Nevada wasn’t always a desert! Escape the summer heat by imagining a time when Nevada was at the bottom of a sea ruled by ichthyosaurs. This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Silver State Stories07/27/20191:00pm
Come sit by the campfire and hear some stories about Nevada. You might even get inspired to write your own story! This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Showtime!07/20/20191:00pm

Las Vegas is world famous for its shows. Explore your inner superstar by making your own headdress, practicing your puppeteering skills, and learning some magic tricks.

This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free […]

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Summer Family Program: Building Nevada07/13/20191:00pm
From Hoover Dam to Hyperloop, we’ll explore the past, present, and future of Nevada engineering feats. This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Nevada Artists07/06/20191:00pm
See some works of art by local artists, and try out some artistic techniques yourself! This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Aviation Innovation06/29/20191:00pm
Come find out all the ways aviation has been a part of the Nevada story. This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Old Fashioned Toys06/22/20191:00pm
What did kids do for fun before video games and tablets? Try out some old fashioned toys and make some of your own to take home! This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Friends General Meeting / Neon in Las Vegas06/20/20196:00pm

A representative of The Neon Museum will present images and talk about the history of neon, as well as the art form's flourishing in Las Vegas. The Friends monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We meet 6-7 p.m. on the third Thursday of […]

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Summer Family Program: Pony Express06/15/20191:00pm
We’ll use a giant map of Nevada to trace the route taken by these famous riders. This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Summer Family Program: Nevada Skies06/08/20191:00pm

Nevada’s dark skies make it one of the best places in the country for star gazing. Aspiring astronomers will learn all about planets and stars, and even take a peek at the sun through a special telescope.

This family friendly activity is […]

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Summer Family Program: Carson City06/01/20191:00pm
How did sleepy Carson City become the capital of Nevada? Learn that and more when we take a virtual trip to our capital city. This family friendly activity is included with museum admission and is free for members.
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Fred Sigman & Motel Vegas05/25/20192:00pm

Fred Sigman will talk about his brand new book Motel Vegas (to be published May 21st). Purchase at event and he will sign copies.

Art historian and photographer Fred Sigman documents the art and history of Las Vegas motels and classic neon […]

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The Original Slow Cooker: Prehistoric Roasting Pit Use Within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge05/18/20192:00pm

Join us with speaker, Spencer Lodge, an archaeologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (DNWR).

He will talk about the Native American groups throughout the Mojave Desert who baked a variety of […]

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Friends General Meeting / Barrick Art Museum Talk05/16/20196:00pm

MAY 16 at the Friends' monthly meeting (6-7 p.m. at state museum) we will hear from Alisha Kertin, interim executive director of the MARJORIE BARRICK MUSEUM OF ART on the UNLV campus. She will talk about its collection and the museum's evolution into […]

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Taste of Red & White05/04/20192:00pm

Join the Friends at the Taste of Red & White Fundraiser event, and support the museum's education programs - specifically to equip a STEM-themed Traveling Trunk for local teachers to borrow. Take part in sampling some red and white wines, and view […]

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Peeking into Nevada’s Past04/28/201910:00am

FULLY BOOKED

Visitors to the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas are wowed by its towering mammoth skeleton and enormous ichthyosaur. But did you know that only a fraction of the museum’s collection is on exhibit? Get rare access to the museum’s […]

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Friends General Meeting / Lost City04/18/20196:00pm
Archaeologist Mary Beth Timm, director of the state Lost City Museum in Overton, will discuss the prehistory of the Moapa Valley, including the pueblo culture that gave rise to the term "Lost City."
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Exhibit Class for Volunteers: Working with Acrylic04/06/201910:00am

Acrylic plastic is bent to support exhibit labels and artifacts. The sides of a pre-cut strip of acrylic plastic are filed to remove rough edges. The center of the strip is then scored with a knife. The scored strip is heated until it begins to […]

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Life of the Sagebrush Seafloor: Exploring the Paleozoic Fossil Faunas of the Great Basin04/06/20192:00pm

This program is free with museum or Springs Preserve membership, or with paid general admission.

Guest Speaker: Frank DeCourten

The Great Basin was submerged by prehistoric oceans for more than 600 million years as life evolved from […]

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dry mounted exhibit text
Exhibits Class for Volunteers: Dry Mounting03/30/201910:00am

Reproductions of artwork, documents, photos, and labels are typically dry mounted for an exhibit. Dry mounting is the process of attaching artwork to foam board or some other backing material. A thin sheet of heat-sensitive adhesive is cut to the size […]

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headstones at Woodlawn Cemetery
Friends General Meeting / Woodlawn Cemetery Talk03/21/20196:00pm
Friends monthly meeting for March features Rosalie Lidard speaking about the history of Woodlawn Cemetery in downtown LV. 6-7 p.m. at NV State Museum, LV
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Meet the Author: Sally Denton03/02/20192:00pm

A third-generation Nevada native, Sally Denton is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and historian. Throughout her historical works, she turns a reporter's eye toward often overlooked details about the events and people that have […]

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Friends General Meeting / Ottavio Gesmundo02/21/20196:00pm
LV performer Ottavio Gesmundo will talk about the memoir he co-authored with his grandfather, Ottavio Canestrelli, who toured the world. Gesmundo speaks at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 meeting of Friends, at NV State Museum LV. Meeting is free, public.
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The Westside Slugger01/26/20192:00pm

Join journalist and author John L. Smith as he discusses his new book The Westside Slugger: Joe Neal's Lifelong Fight for Social Justice. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The Westside Slugger is the powerful story of civil […]

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Friends Annual Meeting01/17/20196:00pm

The Friends of NV State Museum, LV will review our community impact in 2018 and honor those who contributed in 2018 to our cause. We will elect officers to 2 newly open positions. Monthly meetings are free and open to public, running 6-7 p.m. in state […]

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Governor Sandoval with Sesquicentennial Harley
Governor Sandoval/Nevada Sesquicentennial Motorcycle12/21/201811:00am

Please join us at 11:00 am Friday, December 21st, 2018 in a special ceremony at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, Tim Cashman will present Governor Brian Sandoval with the Nevada Sesquicentennial Motorcycle. The Governor will, in turn, donate the […]

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Friends Holiday Potluck12/20/20186:00pm
The Friends of NV State Museum LV closes the year with its annual potluck. Bring a dish if possible. If not, just bring yourself! We owe our success to members like you!
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Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip12/08/20182:00pm

Join author and historian Lynn Zook for an entertaining discussion of her book Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip, 1930-1955.

Gambling on a Dream is filled with rarely seen photographs as well as detailed histories, from […]

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Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble12/02/201810:00am

The Friends' bookfair at Barnes & Noble Summerlin, 8915 W. Charleston Blvd., 89117, is a fundraiser in which customers who name Friends at checkout cause the store to donate % of qualified sales to Friends. Greg Crouch, author of the new Bonanza […]

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This Museum Rocks!11/17/20181:00pm

Friends of NSMLV Present: This Museum Rocks!

Museum curators will talk Nov. 17 about mining, Nevada's minerals & semi-precious stones, and the history of jewelry from ancient to modern.

Never-before-displayed museum collections will […]

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Jewelry Making11/17/20183:30pm

Linda Higgins Stanley, an accomplished jewelry designer, will teach this class in the Education Room at the museum. The price includes jewelry-making tools for you take to take home, along with your choice of stones to make a sterling silver […]

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Friends General Meeting / Hispanic Heritage11/15/20186:00pm
Guest speaker Lynette Sawyer, executive director of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada, will discuss the city's Hispanic Heritage at the Friends' November general meeting, 6-7 p.m. at the NV State Museum, LV in Springs Preserve.
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Bone Identification for Beginners11/10/20182:00pm

As part of the Southern Nevada Archeology Speaker Series sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Cultural Resources Team, UNLV PhD student Virginia Lucas will speak at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas on November 10th at 2 pm.

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Preserving Archaeology through Photography08/25/20182:00pm

Learn about Preserving Archaeology through Photography with Dr. Samantha Rubinson from the State Historic Preservation Office

The reality of historic preservation is that change is inevitable. Through time we will never be able to preserve […]

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Friends of NSMLV: Those Dam Women08/16/20186:00pm
Friends General Meeting and museum director Dennis McBride will present "Those Dam Women – the Women that Helped Build the Hoover Dam"
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Summer Family Program: Bug Detective08/04/20181:00pm

Learn the clues that tell you who’s who in the insect world.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in activities. Families can explore Nevada topics through […]

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Summer Family Program: Desert Seasons07/28/20181:00pm

Seasons change, even in the Mojave Desert! Learn about the unique features of each of the four seasons.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in activities. […]

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Summer Family Program: Pioneers07/21/20181:00pm

What was it like to travel thousands of miles before cars or roads? We’ll travel back in time to learn more about the pioneers who traveled across Nevada on their way West.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on […]

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Friends of NSMLV: Endangered Nevada Landmarks07/19/20186:00pm
Friends of NSMLV General Meeting and a discussion about Nevada's Endangered Landmarks with Shae Smith Cox, deputy director of Preserve Nevada  
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Summer Family Program: Sports in Nevada07/14/20181:00pm

Vegas is crazy about its new sports teams, but there is a long history of sports in our state. Learn about the teams that came before the Raiders and the Golden Knights.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday […]

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Summer Family Program: Mining07/07/20181:00pm

Nevada is the Silver State, but that’s not all we mine here. Come learn about all the ways Nevada geology rocks!

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in […]

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Summer Family Program: Micro Adventures06/30/20181:00pm

We’ll explore the tiniest parts of Nevada and see how much there is to learn when we take a closer look.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in […]

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Friends of NSMLV: Meet Nevada’s State Fossil06/30/20182:00pm

Paige dePolo is a visiting researcher at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas studying the ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis (our state fossil). A northern Nevada native, Paige graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2016 and recently finished […]

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Summer Family Program: Archaeology06/23/20181:00pm

Who were Nevada’s First Peoples and how do scientists learn more about them? Go on a mock dig and try your hand at being an archaeologist.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to […]

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Hats & Handbags & History06/23/20182:00pm

On June 23 the Friends are holding a Hats, Handbags & History fundraiser!

Join us for a fun afternoon at the museum, 2-4 p.m. on June 23 (Saturday). Admission is free!

Bid on your favorite handbag in our silent auction and raise […]

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Friends of NSMLV: History of Burlesque06/21/20186:00pm

Dustin Wax, executive director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, will talk about the art-entertainment form that his museum preserves and promotes.  Wax's museum, located in downtown Las Vegas, is a not-for-profit organization that began in the 1980s […]

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Volunteer Appreciation Brunch06/16/201810:00am
Details TBD
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Summer Family Program: Scats & Tracks06/16/20181:00pm

Come find out just how much we can learn from the signs that animals leave behind.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, drop-in activities. Families can explore […]

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Summer Family Program: Crazy Chemistry06/09/20181:00pm

Explore the three states of matter in chemistry. Come play with solids, liquids, and gases, and learn about chemistry’s role in Nevada history.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 […]

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Two Deserts, One Sky06/07/20182:00pm
Join instructor Paula Garrett, science students from Adelson Educational Campus, and artist Sharon K. Schafer as they share their experiences connecting students across continents during the 2018 Two Deserts, One Sky Project.  
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Summer Family Program: Exploring Nevada06/02/20181:00pm

Calling all explorers! Come see some historic maps from our collections, go on a treasure hunt, and even make your own maps.

Kids of all ages are invited to join us in the Education Room on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm to enjoy hands-on, […]

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The Dirt on Dirt06/02/20182:00pm

As part of the Southern Nevada Archeology Speaker Series sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Cultural Resources Team, soil scientist Douglas Merkler will speak at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas on June 2nd at 2 pm.

We […]

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Adventures in the Sagebrush State05/19/20181:00pm

Rainbow Company's original play about Nevada's past using fascinating historic characters and music that makes everyone smile. Thousands of children and educators look forward to seeing this production every year -- you should too!

This […]

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Pioneering Las Vegas History05/08/201811:30am
$15 FOR LUNCH Please RSVP to Joe at thomsoj2@unlv.edu 702-656-8738
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Las Vegas Science Festival at World Market Center05/05/201810:00am
SATURDAY, MAY 5 ~ 10AM TO 5PM World Market Center Join thousands of others at the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival's Saturday Expo at World Market Center. With nearly 100 exhibits, there's something for everyone!  
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An Expansive Winding Mariposa Lily Bulb Roasting Site05/05/20182:00pm

"An Expansive Winding Mariposa Lily Bulb Roasting Site at the Virgin-Muddy River Divide"

As part of the Southern Nevada Archeology Speaker Series sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Cultural Resources Team, archaeologist James […]

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Science is Everywhere Day04/29/201810:00am

Visitors to the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas are wowed by its towering mammoth skeleton and enormous ichthyosaur. But did you know that only a fraction of the museum’s collection is on exhibit? Get rare access to the museum’s restricted […]

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Beyond the Bones: Insights from Fossil Footprints04/21/20182:00pm

As part of Paleontology Awareness Month in Nevada, guest researcher Paige DePolo will discuss her research on fossil footprints.

While the word 'dinosaur' often evokes ideas of spectacular skeletons in museums, the most common dinosaur fossils […]

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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West04/06/20186:00pm

A new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas called “Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West” will be unveiled on April 6, 2018 at a reception for museum members and guests. The exhibit focuses on the explorer’s Western journey from […]

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Going with the Flow: Archaeology of LV Water Infrastructure03/03/20182:00pm

As part of the Southern Nevada Archeology Speaker Series sponsored by the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership Cultural Resources Team, archaeologist Nathan Harper will speak at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas on March 3rd at 2 pm.

Under the […]

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Folies Bergere in glittering letters
The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas02/03/20181:00pm

Travel back in time to explore the splendiferous legacy of the Folies Bergere with author Karan Feder! The Friends of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is pleased to present this author presentation and book signing.

The Folies Bergere in Las […]

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Gallery Gala01/27/20186:00pm

Join the Friends of NSMLV for a chance to see what the museum offers & how the Friends enhance the museum. Dress is casual and chic. There will be free appetizers and drinks, with fun activities and prizes until 8 pm. The museum galleries will be […]

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Photography Collections at NSMLV01/20/20189:30am

Please join the Manager of Photography Collections, Ilana Short, as she gives a presentation to the Nevada Camera Club regarding the photography collections at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. Ilana will talk about the types of photographs in the […]

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Photography Workshop01/06/20182:00pm

Grab your camera and join us for this photography workshop sponsored by the Friends of NSMLV and led by the Nevada Camera Club. Photographer Garrett Winslow (https://nevadacc.org/users/Thenikonian) will give a short presentation.

Tthen we'll […]

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Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family12/16/201710:00am

Join us Saturday, December 16th at 10 am as  Jeff Scheid and Anna Fallini-Berg tell the stories behind the photographs featured in our new changing exhibit, Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family.

For more than three […]

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From Bones to Behavior12/02/20172:00pm

Join us for a lecture by Levent Atici, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University, Atici joined UNLV in 2007 and founded the UNLV Zooarchaeology Laboratory in […]

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Dancers on either side of a collage of Las Vegas neon signs
Gambling on a Dream11/10/20176:30pm

 

Friday, November 10th
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas
Join us for a presentation by author and historian Lynn Zook about hotels built on the Classic Las Vegas Strip between 1956-1973. From conception to […]

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Ranching in the High Desert10/28/20172:00pm

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 […]

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Nevada Day Live History10/27/20179:00am

Free admission!

Come spend Nevada Day with the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas! Nevada Day is Friday, October 27, 2017, and is a day of FREE ADMISSION at Springs Preserve and NSMLV. To celebrate our important state holiday, we will have living […]

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