Bing Crosby’s Life - Featured in Museum Lecture PDF Print

June 9, 2010

Carolyn Schneider, Bing Crosby's NieceJoin Bing Crosby’s niece, Carolyn Schneider, at 7:00 pm, Thursday, June 24, at the Nevada State Museum for a book signing and presentation discussing her book, Bing: on the Road to Elko.
Schneider tenderly shares memories and stories of her uncle away from the lights and cameras and microphones.  In this segment of the museum’s Frances Humphrey Lecture Series, Carolyn reveals the other side of Bing Crosby—a long time gone, but not forgotten.  She captures the 15-year period of Bing's life as owner and operator of a large cattle spread in Elko County from 1943 to 1958, including chapters on becoming Elko’s honorary mayor—plus the famous denim tuxedo. 

Regular admission fees apply; doors open at 6:00 pm for exhibit viewing in the main building.  For more information, call 775-687-4810, ext. 237 or 245.

A Las Vegas resident for the past eight years, Carolyn Schneider started writing about her uncle, Bing Crosby, after relocating from California.  The author also has given numerous radio interviews for the BBC, and Canadian Radio, as well as KNPR and KDWN locally.  Carolyn’s mother was Bing’s sister, a relationship which allowed this speaker and author to personally know the man that was loved by millions.
Visitors can purchase Schneider’s book, Bing: On the Road to Elko, and have her sign it at the lecture.  Carolyn is also bringing movie posters and a few treasured items of Crosby family memorabilia: the Crosby family bible, monogrammed bed linens and a photo of Tully Crosby, a family ancestor on board his Clipper Ship.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Exhibits highlight the state’s history, geology, plants and animals, Native American cultural heritage, Historic Carson City Mint, a replica walk-through mine, and ghost town.  Current changing exhibits include Interwoven 2010: Visions of the Great Basin Basketmakers and Slot Machines: The Fey Collection.

Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday through Tuesday, and open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday through Saturday.  Please enter through the Dema Guinn Concourse. Admission: $8 for adults and free children 17 and under and museum members.  For information, call 775-687-4810.

The Nevada State Museum is one of seven managed by the state Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at 775-687-8323 or visit the department’s website at

June 9, 2010
Contact: Deborah Stevenson 775-687-4810 ext. 237
Jim Barmore 775-687-4810 ext. 226