Cahlan Research Library to Close Temporarily

The Cahlan Research Library will be closed to the public from December 23 – April 3. Our curator will be on personal leave and the library will be unable to fulfill requests during that time. You may still submit research requests through the Research page of the website, but they will not be completed until […]

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 & […]

Colanthe “Florence” Jones Murphy

Women’s History Month Colanthe “Florence” Jones Murphy, was a native Nevadan, aviator and real estate pioneer. She was the first Nevada woman to receive a commercial pilot’s license and the first woman in the United States to serve as a vice president of a regularly scheduled airline. She is considered one of “The First 100 Persons Who […]

New director joins Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, on April 5

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Hollis J. Gillespie has joined the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, as its new director. Gillespie, who worked in finance before pursuing a career in the cultural sector, will begin her new position April 5. She replaces Dennis McBride, who retired last year. “Ms. Gillespie’s extensive, multi-disciplinary experience make her uniquely […]


Opening to the public October 30th, 2015   Artist and wildlife biologist Sharon K. Schafer writes that “we are estranged from nature, possessed by an inability to connect, communicate and empathize with the more-than-human world.” In her latest exhibit, Becoming Animal: Standing Witness for the Sentient Wild, Schafer invites us to step forward into the […]