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Was there an exhibit at the Historical Society you meant to see, but missed? Or one you wanted to see again? This page will lead you to virtual versions of some of our previous live exhibits. To begin viewing an exhibit on-line, click on its image below.

Native Americans have lived in Nevada for thousands of years. During the centuries prior to the arrival of European and U.S. emigrants in the West, the Shoshone, Paiute and Washoe peoples created intricate cultures which harmonized with the desert. Suddenly forced off their lands in the 1800s by an ever-growing population of miners, ranchers and encroaching settlers, Nevada's Native Americans had to make changes that were difficult and often traumatic. Focusing on clothing, dwellings, religion, and economic lifeways, this exhibition examines how Nevada's Native Americans have struggled to survive and preserve their culture while adapting to a changing world.

Neon in Nevada lights up the desert sky. It turns night into day. A distinctive symbol of the Silver State, neon -- like jazz -- is part of the culture America has presented to the world. Once merely the proletarian worker for American advertising, neon has become an art form in its own right.

"Neon Nights," an exhibition of neon in Nevada, was shown at the Nevada Historical Society January-June 1990, and made possible in part by grants from the National Park Service, the Nevada State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Johnson-Jeffries FightThis exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of the historic heavyweight boxing match between James J. Jeffries and Jack Johnson that took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910. The fight was hailed as "The Fight of the Century." Jeffries, a white boxer and former undefeated heavyweight champion, came out of retirement to reclaim the championship from his black competitor Johnson. Jeffries was dubbed "The Great White Hope" and whites across the country hoped he would steal the title from Johnson, thus demonstrating racial superiority.

The fight took place in front of approximately 20,000 people, at a ring built just for the occasion in downtown Reno. Johnson proved stronger and more nimble than Jeffries. In the 15th round, after Jeffries had been knocked down three times, his camp called it quits to prevent Johnson from knocking him out.

The historical photographs included in the exhibit come from the collections of the Nevada Historical Society and the Special Collections of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries. For information on ordering reprints, please see the Credits & Collaboration page.