Nevada’s Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month for 2017

May has been a month for celebrating historic preservation and archaeology in Nevada. Nevada agencies and organizations have worked hard to spread awareness of archaeological and historic preservation efforts throughout the state, encouraging both residents and visitors to explore and learn about Nevada’s significant archaeological and historical treasures.

Here are some of the exciting events listed by County :

                                   Carson City

Historic Resources Commission Scavenger Hunt

  • Date: May 1 - May 26
  • This scavenger hunt is open to both adults and kids.  The goal is to find all of the architectural building windows from the pictures provided and give the correct address. All of the pictures are from properties located in the Carson City Historic District. Participants with all of the correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a free lunch for two at Adele's.
  • Sponsor:  The Carson City Historic Resources Commission
  • Where: The Carson City Historic District
  • Website
  • Cost:  Free

Open House at the Historic Wungnema House

  • Date: May 28, 2017, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Open House and exhibit of Native American art from a private collection at Carson City’s historic Wungnema House. The house was built in 1948 by a family of Hopi stonemasons, the Wungnemas, and served as their home until the early 1970s. Notable, in addition to the house’s exterior masonry, is the inclusion of the family’s clan symbol in rock fireplace surround. The Wungnema’s distinctive masonry can be seen in churches, ranches, homes and other structures at Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley, and Reno, as well as in Carson City.
  • Sponsor:  Foundation for Carson City Parks and Recreation
  • Where: Wungnema House, East Side of Mills Park, on the Seely Loop, off N. Saliman Road, Carson City, Nevada
  • Website: Foundation for Carson City Parks and Recreation
  • Brochure: Wungnema House
  • Cost:  Free, donations welcome

                                   Churchill County

Cold Springs Ruins Tour & Walk

  • Date: May 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
  • An archaeologist with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Stillwater Field Office will give a free tour of the Cold Springs Pony Express Station. The gates at the station will be opened for the tour so visitors can see the sites firsthand. The tour will include a 1.5-mile walk to the station from the Cold Springs Pony Express Station trailhead. The group will begin the walk from the trailhead at 11:00 a.m. Please pack water, food, and sun protection accordingly.
  • Sponsor:  Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Stillwater Field Office
  • Where: Cold Springs Pony Express Station Trail (about 60 Miles East of Fallon). From Fallon: Follow Highway 50, 15 miles past SR 361. The trailhead (meeting place) is about 1.5 miles south of the Cold Springs Station restaurant and hotel.
  • More Information:  Christine McCollum,  (775) 885-6005, cmccollum@blm.gov
  • Cost:  Free

                                   Clark County

Home + History Las Vegas

  • Date: Friday – Sunday April 28-30
  • In celebration of Nevada's Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month Nevada Preservation Foundation will hold various exciting events such as:
    • Cocktail Parties: Welcome Reception at Historic Westside School, Martini Tour at Liberace Mansion, Golden Steer After Party
    • Bus Tours: Under the Neon, Institutionally Modern, and A Tale of Two Neighborhoods
    • Home Tours: Phoenix House Tour, Vintage Vegas Home Tour
    • Walking Tours: Tract Development of the Chic and Fabulous, The Magic Hour on Fremont Street.
    • Educational Events: Family Feud: Havana vs. Las Vegas, Modernism with a Twist, Legacy of Julius Shulman, Hugh E. Taylor: Midcentury Master
    • Exhibits: Timeless Classics: Architectural Photography Exhibit by Jeff Green
  • Sponsor:  Nevada Preservation Foundation, City of Las Vegas Centennial Commissions, and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA)
  • Where: Varies by event. Most events take place in and around Downtown Las Vegas.
  • More Information:  Michelle Larime,  (855) 968-3973 x 702, Info@NevadaPreservation.org
  • Website: https://nevadapreservation.org/home-history/
  • Cost:  Varies, $15 - $65 depending on event

Morelli House Tours - Junior League of Las Vegas Celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month

  • Date: May 13, 2017     Docent-led tours at 10:00am and 1:00pm; 12:00pm musical performance
  • In celebration of Nevada's Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month, the Junior League of Las Vegas is graciously offering two docent-led tours of the Morelli House, a classic example of Las Vegas mid-century residential architecture built in 1959 by Antonio Morelli, the orchestra conductor and musical director for the Sand’s Hotel and Casino Copa Showroom from 1954-1972.  In recognition of the musical heritage of this important architectural resource, there will be a performance at 12:00pm by the award-winning Celebrity City Chorus of the Sweet Adelines.
  • Sponsor:  Junior League of Las Vegas.
  • Where: 861 East Bridger, Las Vegas
  • More Information:  Flyer  Kris Hostetter, kris.enotes@gmail.com or info@jllv.org
  • Websites: morellihouse.org or celebritycitychorus.com
  • Cost:  Free

The Secret Life of Old Cans: Deciphering the Past by Studying the Trash

  • Date: May 13, 2017 – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • What is archeology? And why do archeologists get so excited about old cans? What can you learn from one rusty bit of tin? Death Valley National Park archeologist, Wanda Raschkow, will reveal the secrets that can be learned from old cans, bottles, and other “trash.”  Using examples from throughout the desert, including Las Vegas’ neighbor Death Valley, Raschkow will teach you to determine how old an artifact is and what pieces of tin or glass could tell you about the people who left them behind. The presentation will conclude with a hands-on opportunity for you to analyze artifacts. What are they? How old are they? What do they say about the place they were found and the people who lived there?
  • Where: Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas,  309 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107
  • More Information:  Stacy Irvin, 702-822-8746, sirvin@nevadaculture.org
  • Website:  Nevada State Museum
  • Map
  • Cost:  Free with admission to the Springs Preserve ($9.95 per local adult) / Free to members of the museum and Springs Preserve

The Archaeology of Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

  • Date: May 25, 2017  5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Archaeologist Dr. Kevin Rafferty will speak and answer questions about the archaeology of Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.  Bring a picnic dinner and join the Nevada Site Stewardship Program for an engaging talk
  • Where: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, 6375 Hwy. 159, Blue Diamond, NV
  • More Information: Richard Keller, Park Supervisor, (702) 370-2060, or SMRRangers@parks.nv.gov.
  • Website:  http://parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch
  • Map
  • Cost:  Free with admission to the Park, $9.00 per Car or $1 per Bike Park Entrance Fee

                                    Elko County

Archaeology Fair

  • Date: May 6, 2017   10:00 am -  2:00 pm
  • This family-friendly event will feature archaeological exhibits, flint knapping and other demonstrations, native plant foods display, hunting tools display, diorama exhibits and hands-on activities for the kids. 
  • Sponsor: Elko County Chapter Nevada Archaeological Association
  • Where: Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho St., Elko, NV  89801
  • More Information: Donna Murphy, murphys@citlink.net; or 775 738-6269
  • Websites: elkoarchaeology.org or museumelko.org

The Archaeology of the Donner Party

  • Date: May 13, 2017
  • You know the stories of the Donner Party... or at least you think you do... feeling a little fuzzy on details?  There are so many different accounts of the party and their fateful winter encampment, how do we get to the bottom of how they lived.  Archaeology!  This talk will discuss the archaeological excavations of Donner Party encampments and what they can tell us about the people involved.
  • Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management
  • Where: California Trail Interpretive Center
  • Website: http://www.californiatrailcenter.org/

                                    Lyon County

May Historic Preservation Display at the Silver City Post Office

  • Date: May 1- May 31st  during business hours
  • Rare black and white photographs from the 1970s-80s of some of Silver City’s archaeologists, writers, history and culture researchers/consultants, photographers, etc from the Germino Archive, courtesy of Sam Toll.  Driving/walking tour maps of selected public historic sites in Silver City will be available at the display and online. Silver City is located within the federally designated Virginia City Historic Landmark District, 3 miles from Virginia City, 12 miles from Carson City and 30 miles from Reno and Lake Tahoe.
  • Sponsor: Resident Artist Program in Silver City
  • Where: U.S. Post Office in Silver City, which is an addition to the historic Golden Gate building, 270 Main Street, Silver City.
  • More Information: Quest Lakes, (775) 847-0742
  • Facebook page
  • Cost: Free

1938 – 1950 (Old –Time) Movies of Dayton Presentation

  • Date: May 3,  refreshments at 7:00pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm
  • This program includes 1938 – 1950 (old –time) movies of Dayton and western Nevada with the life and times of the Gene and Del Minor family along with a photo story presentation by Linda Conlin that shows the Carson River floods the Minor family has endured over the years.
  • Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Old Town Dayton
  • More Information: The Historical Society of Dayton Valley, or Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, Gloria Manning, 775-461–3829
  • Website: www.daytonnvhistory.org The Dayton Schoolhouse Museum: Located at 135 Shady Lane in Old Town Dayton, the Museum is open daily in May from 11am to 3 pm, Monday – Friday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 1 to 4 pm on Sundays. (The Museum is only open on weekends the rest of the season.) Private tours are available by appointment. Call 775-246-6316 for more information.
  • Flyer describing events in May
  • Cost:  Free

A Dayton and Carson City Rancher Wife’s Life Presentation

  • Date: May 10,  refreshments at 7:00pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm
  • Kay Winters presents: A Dayton and Carson City rancher wife’s life in the 1950s – 1960s.
  • Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Old Town Dayton
  • More Information: The Historical Society of Dayton Valley, or Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, Gloria Manning, 775-461–3829
  • Website: www.daytonnvhistory.org  The Dayton Schoolhouse Museum: Located at 135 Shady Lane in Old Town Dayton, the Museum is open daily in May from 11am to 3 pm, Monday – Friday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 1 to 4 pm on Sundays. (The Museum is only open on weekends the rest of the season.) Private tours are available by appointment. Call 775-246-6316 for more information.
  • Flyer describing events in May
  • Cost:  Free

1870 Union Hotel Presentation

  • Date: May 31,  refreshments at 7:00pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm
  • Katie and Glenn Hasbrouch have purchased and are rejuvenating the 1870 Union Hotel on Pike Street. What a story they have to tell!
  • Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Old Town Dayton
  • More Information: The Historical Society of Dayton Valley, or Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, Gloria Manning, 775-461–3829
  • Website: www.daytonnvhistory.org The Dayton Schoolhouse Museum: Located at 135 Shady Lane in Old Town Dayton, the Museum is open daily in May from 11am to 3 pm, Monday – Friday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and 1 to 4 pm on Sundays. (The Museum is only open on weekends the rest of the season.) Private tours are available by appointment. Call 775-246-6316 for more information.
  • Flyer describing events in May
  • Cost:  Free

                                      Pershing County

Lovelock Cave Days

  • Date: May 16, 17, and 18, 2017
  • This event that will bring over 300 4th grade students from Humboldt, Pershing, and Washoe County schools to have a hands-on learning experience at the Marzen House Museum and at Lovelock Cave, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Great Basin. Students will learn about the spear-throwing atlatl, learn of emigrant hardship along the California Trail, see real life examples of local wildlife, and hike the scenic nature trail to Lovelock Cave while seeing and touching native plants and hearing stories of their traditional uses. Students will learn of the geologic processes that formed the cave and then go inside to see the source of some of Nevada’s most important archaeological resources. At the Marzen House Museum, students will hear presentations on local Lovelock history, including prehistoric and contemporary Native American life, as well as the rich mining, farming, and ranching history of the area. Attendance of Lovelock Cave Days is by invitation only through local schools.
  • Sponsor: The Bureau of Land Management, Winnemucca District.  Lovelock Cave Days receives support from many partners including Pershing County, Nevada Outdoor School, Coeur Mining, Great Basin Institute, Ducks Unlimited, and more.
  • Where: Marzen House Museum and Lovelock Cave
  • More information: Tanner Whetstone, 775-623-1791, twhetstone@blm.gov.
  • Cost:  Free

                                       Storey County

Open House for the Courthouse Slammer and Storey County Museum

  • Date: May 31, 5:00 - 7:00pm
    Tour the jail of the historic Storey County Courthouse.  This impressive building was constructed in 1877 in the high Italianate style that embodies 19th-century ideals of decorative opulence as well as law and order.  The total cost of construction, including fixtures and the jail, was $117,000, a remarkable sum even for the Comstock boom years.
  • Sponsor: Storey County
  • Where: Storey County Courthouse 26 South B Street Virginia City, NV 89440
  • More information: Storey County, www.storeycounty.org
  • Flyer
  • Cost/Admission: Free.

                                        Washoe County

Lake Mansion Lives! Guided Tours

  • Date: May 5, 12, 19 at Noon
  • Built in 1877, this stately building is intimately tied to the City of Reno’s life story.  Formerly located at the corner of S. Virginia and California Ave., the mansion was purchased by Myron C. Lake, the founder of Reno, in 1879. After two moves, the mansion is an example of successful adaptive re-use. It is now owned and operated by the non-profit organization Arts for All Nevada who utilizes the mansion for art classes/camps, art exhibits, art festivals, and fundraisers.  The facility is also available for the public to rent for special events and meetings.  There are several family pieces on exhibit and period furnishings throughout the main floor.
  • Sponsor: Arts for All Nevada.
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave., Reno
  • More information: Arts for All Staff,  775-826-6100, 2#, info@artsforallnevada.org
  • Map
  • Website:    https://www.artsforallnevada.org
  • Cost:  Free

We Won’t Stay Long: Anticipated Mobility at Rabbithole Springs, Nevada Archaeological Presentation

  • Date: Saturday, May 6, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Located near the Black Rock Desert, Rabbithole Springs, Nevada is a remote mining district originally named by emigrants on the Applegate Trail. Families squatted at the Double O Mine in order to escape the effects of the Great Depression and were able to make a living placer mining for gold. The community was inhabited from 1935-1941 and the residents improvised by living in tents or dugouts built from scavenged materials. This project is a continuation of research conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno and focuses on the anticipated mobility of the community. The patterns of trash disposal, the residential features, and locations of work areas fit together to tell the story of how long the residents thought they would stay at Rabbithole.
  • Sponsor:  Historic Reno Preservation Society
  • Where: Sierra View Library Meeting Room, Reno Town Mall, 4001 S. Virginia, Reno
  • More Information: 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org
  • Flyer
  • Cost/Admission: Free.

Reno’s 149th Birthday at the Lake Mansion

  • Date: May 9, 11 AM - 1 PM
  • It’s Reno’s 149th birthday at “Reno’s First Address”, the Lake Mansion, and kick-off to the 150th!  Reno was founded by Myron C. Lake who owned the historic Lake Mansion built in 1877.  Celebrate with the non-profit Arts for All Nevada with guided tours at 11, 11:30, and 12:30, a free book for each child, a Myron Lake impersonator, and an exhibit of vintage kitchen equipment.  The main floor is furnished with several family pieces and donated period furnishings. Birthday cake and lemonade at High Noon!
  • Sponsor: Arts for All Nevada.
  • Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave., Reno
  • More information: Arts for All Staff,  775-826-6100, 2#, info@artsforallnevada.org
  • Map
  • Website:    https://www.artsforallnevada.org
  • Cost:  Free, Donations always appreciated to help preserve and maintain the mansion.

Reno 150 Kick-Off Event

  • Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:30pm
  • Reno will celebrate its 150th birthday on May 9, 2018.  We will officially start the countdown on May 9, 2017 and celebrate throughout the year leading up to Reno's 150.  The free family-friendly event will include:
    • A 149th birthday cake.
    • Speakers from the community representing Reno’s history.
    • A photo booth with the backdrop of a painting titled “Reno Twenty Year Ago” painted by C.B. McClellan(1827-1883), painted in 1882 depicting Reno in 1862 with the Lake House, the bridge, Myron Lake, Chief Winnemucca and his family (now the location of the Virginia Street Bridge).
    • Entertainment by the Reno Municipal Band and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
    • A history representation of the Reno Rodeo’s Chuck Wagon, a vehicle from Hot August Nights, a Balloon from the Reno Balloon Races, showgirls featuring costumes from Reno’s MGM productions and mascots from TMCC, UNR and Archie from the Reno Aces.
  • Sponsor: City of Reno
  • Where: 30 N. Virginia, Reno City Plaza
  • More Information:  Alexis Hill, 775.326.6697, hilla@reno.gov
  • Website: Reno 150 webpage 
  • Cost: Free

Delongchamps Residential Architecture Walking Tour

  • Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
  • This walk takes you on a neighborhood tour of homes, large and small, designed by Reno's notable architect, Frederic DeLongchamps. Hear about his life and what made him so unique to this area. Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guides: Anne Simone, David Vill and ZoAnn Campana.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society
  • Where: Meet at the Hardy House/Arte Italia, 442 Flint Street, Reno
  • More Information:  www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members

Wells Avenue Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
  • Take a stroll through a working-class neighborhood along the path of the Wells Avenue streetcar, across the V&T tracks, and past the homes of the "Thoma Street Gang.” Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guides: Mark Taxer and Joan Collins.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society.
  • Where: Meet at the Sinclair Street side at the historic Southside School Annex, 190 East Liberty Street.
  • More Information:  www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members.

Downtown Sparks Walking Tour

  • Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
  • Learn about the history of the rail city with a guided walking tour of Victorian Square and Downtown Sparks. This interactive tour is designed to show how this area has transformed itself from a railroad hub, to a vibrant commercial district, to a rundown urban area and finally to a successful redevelopment area that has changed the image and future of the city. The tour includes 17 buildings and sites that have played an important role in the history and development of Sparks and Nevada. Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guide: Scott Carey.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society.  This tour is in collaboration with the Sparks Heritage Museum (www.sparksmuseum.org) but reservations need to be made through HRPS.
  • Where: Tour begins and ends at the Sparks Heritage Museum located at 814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks.
  • More Information:   www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members.

UNR Walking Tour

  • Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
  • Visit Morrill Hall, Mackay School of Mines and the Keck Museum to learn the history of this beautiful campus. Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guides: Jack Hursh and Bob Shriver.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society. 
  • Where: Meet on campus at the Honor Court just off 9th and Center Streets.
  • More Information: www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members.

Upper Ralston/Northern Little Italy Walking Tour

  • Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
  • Enjoy a walk in a residential neighborhood with a mix of architectural styles. Proximity to the University has traditionally determined the mix of residents, professors and students alike. Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guides: Jim and Sue Smith.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society. 
  • Where: Meet at the intersection of Washington Street, The Strand and College Avenue.
  • More Information:  www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members.

University Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
  • A walk through an historic and endangered neighborhood at the foot of the campus—with vintage Queen Anne homes and charming bungalows. Walks generally last from 1 ½ to 2 hours. No dogs please. Tour guides: Debbie Hinman.
  • Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society. 
  • Where: Meet at the base of the 9th Street University steps.
  • More Information: www.historicreno.org or 775-747-4478 for reservations and information, Reservations required and space is limited.
  • General Walking Tour Information. Access to HRPS Walking Tours varies according to venue. Certain areas may not be fully accessible to individuals with disabilities due to architectural barriers inherent in the historic construction of the structures or uneven walking surfaces.
  • Cost: Tour cost is $10 per person, free to HRPS members.

 

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