Grallator tracks
October 13, 2021 | Category: Natural History, Places | Tags:

In 2011, hikers ran across Grallator tracks at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Footprints that are from an unidentified dinosaur are called Grallator, but this is not the name of the dinosaur that made the prints. It just means paleontologists don’t know which dinosaur left the prints behind!
From detailed measurements and the footprint […]

Sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol
October 6, 2021 | Category: History, Places | Tags:

October has been proclaimed Archives Month in Nevada, and the Nevada State Archives is celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol.

This video describes the Capitol’s 150 years of history through photos and […]

Silver Spike Ceremony
September 17, 2021 | Category: History, People, Places | Tags:

On September 17, 1930, hundreds of people gathered at Boulder Junction, Las Vegas (near the cross streets of Valley View and Russell today) to mark the start of construction of the 22 mile Union Pacific railroad track to link Las Vegas to Boulder City, as well as the beginning of the Boulder Dam project.

The […]

Early History of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
September 10, 2021 | Category: general, History, People, Places | Tags:

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 […]

Photo exhibit showcasing Nevadans, cultural identity opens at state museum in Las Vegas
September 9, 2021 | Category: news | Tags:

LAS VEGAS — “Find Your Folklife: We Are ‘the Folk,’ All of Us,” is on display at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas; an online version of the innovative photo exhibit also is available on the museum’s website. The exhibit originally debuted in July at the Winchester-Dondero Cultural Center.

“We’re proud to offer this photo […]

Decommissioning of the U.S.S. Nevada 29 August 1946
September 2, 2021 | Category: History | Tags:

On 29 August 1946 the U.S.S. Nevada, the second ship to be named after our state, was decommissioned.  The U.S.S. Nevada was a battleship nearly 200 yard long with a crew of 2,200 men.  Launched in 1914, she was the first to have what were to become standards for US Navy battleships such as […]

Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino
August 5, 2021 | Category: Casinos, History, Places | Tags:

#OnThisDay in 1966 Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino opened with a lavish launch party that reportedly cost $1,000,000!

Caesars Palace 1966 by Florian Mitchell

At the time Caesars Palace was the largest hotel ever built as a single unified project in Nevada.  It had 700 rooms across 14 crescent-shaped floors, although some […]

Taxidermy animals need names
June 26, 2021 | Category: education, exhibits, family, Natural History, news | Tags:

Taxidermy animals need names: contest running at Las Vegas museum (ends June 27th 2021)
LAS VEGAS — What do you call a taxidermy bear? This is not a joke, but a real question being posed by the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas. In July, the museum will display six taxidermy animals that the Friends of […]

Digitizing History – Our Record Collection
June 19, 2021 | Category: education, History, People | Tags:

This Spring through a combination of the UNLV Regent’s Service Program, and the generous donation following the 2020 Fall silent

Digitizing record player

auction by the Friends of NSMLV, the museum acquired a special record player and we embarked upon a new project – digitizing record albums!

Our history collection contains many vinyl […]

Four Queens Hotel and Casino
June 2, 2021 | Category: Casinos, History, People, Places | Tags:

On June 2nd 1966 the Four Queens Hotel & Casino opened on Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. The casino was named after the four daughters of the founder and president Ben Goffstein. In turn, they were named after a queen from a pack of cards: Michele (the eldest) was the Queen of Spades, Benita […]

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