Nevada State Museum Presents Helen Stewart Chautauqua July 28 PDF Print

Dr. Linda Miller portrays Helen J. Stewart; doors open at 6 pm, lecture at 7 pm

Helen_StewartmodCarson City, Nev—Dr. Linda Miller presents a costumed Chautauqua interpretation, Reflections of Early Las Vegas as told by Helen J. Stewart, at the Nevada State Museum Thursday, July 28, 2011, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Miller’s highly accurate presentation of Helen Stewart is based upon meticulous research from primary sources.  Helen was a “spunky lady,” explains Miller.  “Everything I say is from Helen’s own words, which are often funny and quite poetic.  Her letters to her daughter in Kansas City give us a detailed picture of society at that time.”  The program culminates with a short video clip about Helen’s life and powerpoint presentation showing Benjamin Victor’s work on the Helen Stewart sculpture to be placed at the Old Mormon Fort in December 2011.

Doors open at 6:00 pm for exhibit viewing in the main building and an opportunity to chat with “Helen Stewart.”

Museum members and children 17 and under are free; non-member adult admission: $8.

For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson, Curator of Education: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

775/687-4810, ext. 237.

Helen Jane Wiser Stewart (1854-1926) was a well educated woman of remarkable character.  When her husband Archibald, who was 20 years her senior, died of a gunshot wound, she managed the isolated Las Vegas Ranch and her growing family on her own.  Helen was pregnant with her fifth child at the time!  An astute businesswomen, Helen sold the ranch in 1902 for $55,000, a move that laid the tracks for the budding railroad town of Las Vegas.

Considered to be the “Mother of Las Vegas,” Helen was also an activist for women and the S. Paiute people.

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage.  Due to mandatory state budget restrictions, the museum is closed Sunday – Tuesday, and open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday – Saturday.  See the changing exhibits: Nevada: The Photography of Cliff Segerblom,  Slot Machines: the Fey Collection, and Selections from the Collections, featuring historic fashions.  Admission: $8 for adults and free for 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 Cheryl Mathwig at (775) 687-5099 or visit the department’s website at