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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:


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


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):

Marge_Sill_hikingSeptember 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. Click here for the flier. 

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 4: 12:00 – 3:00 pm: Special Saturday event, Book signing by four fabulous authors: Patrick Betson, The Ghosts of Lake Tahoe: the Stuff of Legends; Jackie Boor-Logan: The Honorable Life & Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman; Guy Nixon Redcorn: A History of the Enduring Washoe People and Their Neighbors;Janet Geary: Nevada, 150 Years in the Silver State, and Stan Paher: The Nevadans. Meet the authors and enjoy light refreshments.    Contact Charmain Phillips: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ext. 244.

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 


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

grandprizewinner_copyPatricia 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. 

20140823_coin_show_and_fair_0082A very happy Leo McClennan won the Man's Aurista Sacagawea Golden Dollar Watch!


20140823_coin_show_and_fair_0045_mod_cropFriends 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.




20111012_dolphin_bats_0053Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 11, 10 am - 3 pm, for Bats: Night Flyers of the Skies, just in time for Halloween! Learn how bats navigate using echolocation, what they eat, how they sleep, and why they need to be protected. Make a crafty bat to take home and/or write a poem about bats. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets available starting at 9 am; 30 minute stations. Choose art of science or both. 

November 8, 10 am - 3 pm: El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Families can enjoy a safe, fun way to honor loved ones who have passed away; crafts for all ages, dances, songs, displays, face-painting, and lecture. No reservations needed. 


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.



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. Click here for the agenda or see below:

2014 Fall Tour Guide Training

Day 1: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

9:00 am:          Welcome by Claudia Vecchio, Director, Nevada Dept. of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Peter Barton, Administrator,  
                         Division of Museums & History, and Jim Barmore, Museum Director

9:30 am:          Introductions and Education Mission by Deborah Stevenson, Curator of Education

10:00 am:        Break

10:30 am:        John C. Frémont’s Exploration of the Great Basin, 1845 Bob Nylen, Curator of History

11:30 am:        Carson City Mint tour for new guides 

12:00 pm:        Potluck lunch; Safety orientation by George Baumgardner, Safety Officer

1:00 pm:          The Lincoln Highway by Jim Bonar

2:00 pm:          Break

2:30 pm:          Shared History Program by Anita Watson, Shared History Coordinator, UNR

3:30 pm:          Training ends for the day

Day 2: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

9:00 am:          Practice tours with mentors: History, Mint, and Mine

10:00 am:        Break

10:30 am:        Winnemucca Lake Petroglyphs by Gene Hattori, Curator of Anthropology

11:30 am:        Lunch on your own

1:00 pm:          Under One Sky practice tours with mentors

3:00 pm:          Training ends for the day

Day 3:            Tuesday, September 23, 2014

9:00 am:          Logistics for new volunteers

10:00 am:        Break

10:30 am:        Autism, a Parent’s Perspective by Cindy Smith 

11:30 am:        Special Needs Children by Jan Albertson and Christine Winder, CC School District

12:00 pm:        Potluck

1:00 pm:          Ichthyosaur, new evidence by Dian Teigler

2:00 pm:          Desert Adaptations by Pat King

3:00 pm:          Training ends for the day


Day 4:            Wednesday, September 24, 2014

9:00 am:         Nevada Reptiles by Margee McCafferty and Pat King

10:00 am:        Break

10:30 am:        Bird Beaks and Feet by Margee McCafferty and Pat King

11:30 am         Lunch on your own

1:00 pm:          Bird Beaks and Feet, enhanced through sketching (no art background required)

2:00 pm:          Break

2:30 pm:          Fun with Fossils tour review

3:30 pm:          Congratulations!  You have completed 21.5 hours of training.


For more information, 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


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.






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