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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Please click on the link above to view the most recent three-month calendar. Programs and exhibits are subject to changes or cancelation. If you have questions about any program or event, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775/687-4810, ext. 237. 

To view our new 2014 summer full-color newsletter, click on the image below:

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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through spring 2015

Who was John C. Frémont? To some he was a villain, yet others see him as a hero and pioneer of Manifest Destiny who opened the West to settlement. Discover the legendary figure and discern his character for yourself by exploring the Nevada State Museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit, Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West.  For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES

Our Frances Humphrey Lecture Series at the Nevada State Museum is the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm (ending at 8 pm for book signings or programs with artifact viewing); doors open at 6 pm for exhibit viewing in the main building.  MUSEUM MEMBERS AND CHILDREN 17 AND UNDER ARE FREE; Non-Member Admission: $8 per adult. Location: 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City. Contact Deborah Stevenson: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or  775-687-4810, ext. 237.

The theme for 2014 is exploration! Scroll down for a preview of upcoming 2014 lectures and special events (subject to change):

TonyargentosmAugust 28, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" by Tony Argento, a member of the Fremont Howitzer Recovery Team. Click here for the flier.

Tony calls his style o’ recitin’ "Tuned up and Twisted." Once you see him perform, you’ll know why. A common statement heard from the audience is, "He’s quite animated." He does voice animation an’ vocal sound effects an’ makes good use o’ props. His love o’ cowboy poetry is contagious, especially to his audience.

According to Argento, cowboy poetry has been ‘round since the years followin’ the Civil War. It’s unique form continues to show the cowboy an’ the American West is alive with stories o’ elevated humor, patriotism, serious an’ solemn verse. It’s a great source o’ entertainment for the entire family.

 

September 25: The Wilderness Act and Great Basin National Park by Marge Sill and USFS. This program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

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

nsmcoinshow2014_sm_copyAugust 22-23: Carson City Mint Coin Show & Fair; coin show at the Carson Nugget and education fair at the museum. Raffle tickets now on sale for the Grand Prize custom, one-of-a-kind knife ($1000 value) donated by John and Becky Etten and designed by Master Navajo Silversmith David Yellowhorse for the Carson City Mint Coin Show and Fair. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5--available at the admissions desk or by mail (minimum $10 order). Contact Deborah: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775-687-4810, ext. 237. Read more here.

Kid's activities include exploring Grandma's Trunk, a Treasure Chest of foreign coins, rocks and minerals, mine tours, square-set timbering, and gold panning.

Important note: Coin Press No. 1 will be minting the Fremont Medallion during the coin education fair! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about the special minting.

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Click here for the coin education fair presenter list and times.

FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS 

We are taking a break from family fun nature Saturdays in August  in order to focus our efforts on the coin show but check out the fun family coin events we have August 22-23!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 13 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 in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

For more information, contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775-687-4810, ext. 237 to learn about upcoming events.

 

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.

Next training September 16-17 and 23-24, 2014. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to register. Click here for a flier.

COIN PRESS NO. 1 DEMONSTRATION

coinpressno1See 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.

Medallions can be purchased at the press or in the Museum Store. For more information, contact Bob Nylen: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775-687-4810, ext. 245.

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

NSM offers Behind the Scenes Tours in Natural History with Curator, Dr. George Baumgardner, at 10 am and 1:30 pm the last Friday of every month, featuring Plants and Animals of Nevada.  Limited to 6 persons per tour.  Advanced registration required.  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up. 

 

Something new!  You know you can request a Behind-the Scenes Tour of the Merci Train Project and the exhibit, Gifts of Healing  by contacting Sue Ann Monteleone, Museum Registrar at 775/687-4810, ext. 240 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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