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FAMILY FUN SATURDAYS--DISCOVERY, PLAY, SHARE
Tickets available at Admissions Desk on the day of the event. Children must be accompanied by one responsible adult. Free with regular paid admission: $8 for adults; free for children 17 and under and museum members. Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Choose your time slot by getting a ticket at admissions beginning at noon the day of the event; each activity lasts 30 minutes; choose art or science or both.
June 8: Wild and Wonderful Wetlands. Learn how American Indians used plants from the wetlands for food, medicine, and clothing.
Discover what kinds of birds and animals use wetlands for their homes. Make a mini cattail duck to take home.
Left: photo of Carson Valley by photographer and museum volunteer Joyce Gebo.
July 13: Beasty Encounters: Animals of Nevada. Discover Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Coyote, Mule Deer, Jackrabbit, and other important animals that live in Nevada. Learn what they eat, where they live, and even how they walk. Look at skulls, feet, tracks, and scat (poop). Make a card with animal tracks to take home.
This is one of the museum's most popular nature programs!
Volunteer Sharon Urban teaches kids about animal feet and tracks.
FRANCES HUMPHREY LECTURE SERIES
May 23, 6:30 - 7:30 pm: Recent Rock Art and Archaeological Discoveries in Lincoln County, Nevada by Mark Giambastiani or ASM Affiliates, Inc.
May is Archaeological Awareness and Historic Preservation Month.
Learn about newly identified rock art sites, patterns in prehistoric and historic site location, and an expansive, repeatedly used prehistoric site that contains artifacts dating back to Early Holocene times.
Left: Bighorn sheep petroglyph from Mt. Irish. Photo: ASM Affiliates
June 27, 6:30 - 7:30 pm: Early Carved Abstract Rock Art in the Northern Great Basin by Emily Middleton. Learn how archaeologists date rock art sites and how rock art styles vary throughout the Great Basin. One style, the Great Basin Carved Abstract may be more than 7,000 years old.
Left: Carved Abstract Rock Art. Photo: Emily Middleton
July 25, 6:30 - 8:00 pm: Lost Legacy of Carson Valley: The Rise and Fall of the H.F. Dangberg Ranching Empire, lecture and book signing by co-authors Steve "Dink" Achard and Conrad Buedel. Learn the secrets of the Dangberg family and discover the fascinating history of ranching by prominent pioneers in the Carson Valley.
CARSON CITY MINT COIN SHOW AND FAIR, AUGUST 23-24
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 17-18 & 24-25, 2013, includes special presentations, potlucks, and guest speakers. Topics: Nevada history, Native American culture, and natural history. Please contact dstevenson@nevadaculture or call 775-687-4810, ext. 237 before September 13 to let us know you are coming.
Above: Volunteers at a previous training learn from ichthyosaur specialists Brad Kosch and Dr. Jennifer Hogler.
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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