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International Clown Week

In celebration of International Clown Week, the first week in August, from our collections, we have a 1966 film clip of the George Moro dancers at the Sahara Hotel and Casino in 1966. This features slapstick circus clowns performing to the music from the prior year’s hit ‘Everyone Loves a Clown’ by Gary Lewis & […]

1950s Map of Las Vegas

1950s Map of Las Vegas From our map collection, we have this map of Las Vegas, from the late 1950s, captures the Strip at a unique time. The map shows the Royal Nevada, the Dunes and the Riviera, all of which opened in 1955 to varying degrees of success. The Royal Nevada would eventually close […]

1991 Cartoon Map of Las Vegas

1991 Cartoon Map of Las Vegas From our map collection, this cartoon styled map of Las Vegas was produced in 1991. Some of the landmarks depicted are still around today, such as the Excalibur, Tropicana and Ethel M., and the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas when it was at its old location in Lorenzi Park. […]

1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada

1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada Welcome to #MapMonday where we highlight one of the fascinating maps from our collection. Although a little tattered, this 1919 Kenyon’s Pocket Map of Nevada illustrates the way the state has changed. If you look at Clark County, you will see the town of St. Thomas which was flooded […]

Las Vegas Tourist Map – 1947

Las Vegas Tourist Map – 1947 The hot summer weather of southern Nevada always makes us want to take a road trip! This Las Vegas Fun Tour Map from 1947 was created to show tourists all the fun things to do in town, although we aren’t sure how good it would have been to actually […]

Eilley Orrum Bowers

Eilley Orrum Bowers, once the nation’s wealthiest women with an ultimately sad life story that is indicative of this ‘boom and bust’ era. Come and see our hologram of Eilley talking about her life in our galleries.  Born in Scotland, Eilley was one of a few women living in the Comstock Mining District at the […]

Early History of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

On September 10th 1957, the first classes were held on the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) campus in a new 13,000-square-foot building; serving a growing post-war population in need of higher education services. The university started as an extension program from the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) back in 1951. It gained independence from […]

Lilly Fong

Lilly Fong (1925-2002) nee Hing, was a champion for education throughout her lifetime. Lilly’s deep-rooted belief in education stemmed from her childhood, instilled by her parents.  Her father was known to quote the teachings of Confucius as he agreed that ‘education was the equalizer of all’ and she, along with her nine siblings, all would gain future college degrees.       Lilly met her husband Wing Fong, while she was studying at […]