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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):
August 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
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.
FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS
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.
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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