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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through spring 2015
FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES
The theme for 2014 is exploration! Scroll down for a preview of upcoming 2014 lectures and special events (subject to change):
September 25: 6:30 - 7:30 pm. The Wilderness Act and Great Basin National Park by Marge Sill and Friends of Nevada Wilderness. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
As a wilderness advocate for 50 years, Marge Sill, is called the “Mother of Wilderness.” The nickname is well deserved because her enduring volunteer efforts make her indispensable to Western environmental preservation.
The Wilderness is an important aspect of Sill’s life. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1949 with majors in English literature and mathematics, she married Richard Sill. In 1954, Sill joined the Sierra Club and began her lifelong crusade to protect wilderness.
Sill said her greatest achievement was working to get the Wilderness Act passed. The bill was a great accomplishment because the club worked for more than 25 years to get it passed. Finally, the club was awarded with 750,000 acres of land that makes up the Great Basin National Park.
In an interview with Jackie Rejfek, Marge said “I am proud to be called the mother of wilderness, but right now I feel like the grandmother of wilderness, but that is okay. I love wilderness. I love wilderness as a vision for the future,” Sill said.
“I want to see my grandchildren and their grandchildren – and I am speaking of grandchildren as a total community – be able to get out and enjoy the wonderful things that I have enjoyed. Of course, I also want the wilderness for all the little critters that live there. I think only in that way will we preserve part of our country’s heritage.”
October 23: Frémont's Lost and Found: Historic Artifacts from John C. Frémont's 1843-44 Return Route though Oregon Country and Alta California by Gene Hattori, PhD., NSM Curator of Anthropology
November 27: The Mysterious Snow Plant by Pat King, botanist, naturalist, hiker, and devoted NSM museum volunteer.
December: no lecture
CARSON CITY MINT COIN SHOW AND FAIR
The Carson City Mint Coin Show and Fair was a huge success! Many thanks to our sponsors:
Gold Sponsors: Reno Gazette Journal and Carson Nugget
Silver Sponsors: Nevada Magazine, Nevada Appeal, Heritage Collectibles, Northern Nevada Coin, Vams and More, and Gus’s Rare Coins
Sponsors: S and T Coins, Camelot Party Rentals, Reno Coin Club, and Friends of the Nevada State Museum
Event Partner: Downtown Coin Club
Patricia Felkner won the Grand Prize, a custom knife designed by Navajo Silversmith David Yellowhorse and donated by Heritage Collectibles. Patricia and her husband, David Elliott, are members of the Reno Coin Club who volunteer on a regular basis at the coin show and when Coin Press No. 1 is operating. Pat said, "we buy raffle tickets every year but we never win anything." She can't say that anymore, since good "karma" seems to have caught up with these devoted volunteers who share their numismatic expertise freely.
A very happy Leo McClennan won the Man's Aurista Sacagawea Golden Dollar Watch!
Friends of the Nevada State Museum had a good time selling baked goods to support museum programs and exhibits. Diana, Cora, and Charlie are all smiles.
FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13, 10 am - 3 pm, for Wilderness Junior Ranger Activities: learn to set up a tent, name that animal, and find directions using a compass. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and Friends of Nevada Wilderness in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
TOUR GUIDE TRAINING
Ready, Set, Go Volunteer at the Nevada State Museum!
Volunteer Woody Davis says, "Are you retired? Are you bored? Do you need to get out of the house? Then give something back to the community. The rewards are great!" Making new friends and stimulating your brain cells are just a few of the perks; guides feel a part of something special--the Nevada State Museum team.
COIN PRESS NO. 1 DEMONSTRATION
See Coin Press No. 1, the original press from the Carson City Mint, in action the last Friday of every month. Volunteer and "Chief Coiner" Ken Hopple runs the press with Curator of History Bob Nylen. The press mints commemorative medallions in .999 fine silver with the famous "CC" Mint Mark on the reverse.
Nylen and Hopple run the press on the last Friday from 10:30 am - noon and again from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Advanced reservations are not needed to see the press and learn about its history.
The Carson City Mint operated from 1870-1893. Coin Press No. 1 was the first press to arrive; later it operated with three presses.
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