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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 winter full-color newsletter, click on the image below:

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Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West exhibit is on display through Oct. 2014

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

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Register now for the  John C. Frémont Symposium, July 25-26--a gathering of top Frémont scholars and authors from around the world, offering lectures and a panel discussion at the museum with closing dinner and entertainment in the Nevada Room at the Governor's Mansion. Registration fee: $100 includes morning refreshments, Friday lunch, and Saturday dinner at the Governor's Mansion; for guests who wish to attend only the Saturday night dinner, the cost is $40. Click here for the registration form. Click here for the preliminary agenda.  

Click here to see the Friday symposium lunch menu. Click here to view the Saturday symposium dinner menu. Questions? Contact Gene Hattori: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Deborah Stevenson: 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!

Sneak preview of upcoming 2014 lectures and special events (subject to change):

imgApril 24, 6:30 - 8 pm: At Pyramid Lake, lecture and book signing by award-winning author Bernard Mergen; this is a brand new book from the University of Nevada Press about the cultural history of Pyramid Lake. Read more here.

Bernard Mergen is Professor Emeritus of American Studies, George Washington University, where he taught for 35 years. He also taught at Goteborg University in Sweden, the Community College of Philadelphia, Grinnell College in Iowa, the Free University of Berlin, and the National University of Mongolia. He now lives in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. His book Snow in America won the Ullr Award from the International Ski History Association and his book Weather Matters won the Louis J. Battan Award from the American Meteorological Society. He enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, and writing poetry. Mergen is traveling to Nevada from West Virginia for this special book signing at the museum. We are delighted to announce that Paiute elder, Ralph Burns, will be joining Mergen in this conversation to offer his insights from a tribal perspective. Early arrival recommended. Doors open at 6 pm.
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May 22: On the Frémont Trail by John Wilusz, with original music. Learn all about the explorations of John C. Frémont and the mystery of his lost cannon by a member of the Fremont Howitzer Recovery Team. Expect to be entertained too, as John is a musician with an original song, Oh Johnny.

 

 

 

 

2_DeerMouseJune 26: History of Nature Journaling by artist and naturalist, Sharon Schafer 
July 24: Frémont Chautauqua presentation by Alastair Morley Jaques
July 25-26: Frémont Symposium; confirmed Frémont presenters include Andrew Menard, Col. Paul Rosewitz, Richard Francaviglia, Loren Irving, Peter Lathrop, Thom Eley, Tom Howard, Gene Hattori, Scott Stine, Richard Elloyan (cowboy poet and musician), and Alastair Morley Jaques (Chautauqua).
Cost: $100. Contact Deborah at 775-687-4810, ext. 237.


2014customknifeprizeAugust 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.

TonyargentosmAugust 28: Cowboy Poetry: "The Pride 'N' Spirit O' Nevada" by Tony Argento
 

 

 

 

 

 

September 25: The Wilderness Act and Great Basin National Park by Marge Sill and USFS 
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, NSM Curator of Anthropology
November 27: The Main Event: Boxing in Nevada from the Mining Camps to the Las Vegas Strip by Richard O. Davies, includes booksigning.

Richard O. Davies is Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of Nevada, Reno. His most recent book is Rivals! The Ten Greatest American Sports Rivalries of the 20th Century; other works include Sports in American Life: A History and The Maverick Spirit: Building the New Nevada. In 2013 he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. 

December: no lecture 

FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS 

Make a craft or do science in the Discovery Lab. Each actitity lasts 30 minutes. Contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 775-687-4810, ext. 237 to confirm as topics may change.

May 17: Exploring topographical maps, 10 am -3:30 pm, ages 10 and up. Discover our local "C" hill and see how contour lines define elevation. Build a mini mountain to take home. Learn all about John C. Fremont and the U.S. Topographical Engineers. See why hikers, soldiers, explorers, and engineers love maps! 30 minute stations. Sign ups for your time slot starting at 9 am. 

flowerfieldsketchJune 28: Nature Journaling with professional artist/naturalist Sharon Schafer, 10 am - 3 pm; 30 minute sessions, ages 10 and up; see Schafer's sketches on the left and below:leafsketch

 

 

July 12: Water in Nevada, 10 am -3:30 pm, ages 10 and up

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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