Native American Day at Lost City Museum Nov.10, 2012 PDF Print

Native American Day is Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada, just over an hour from Las Vegas. The celebration features performances by Native dance groups and demonstrations by Native American artists. The event showcases performances and demonstrations from native artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase native made crafts and enjoy fun activities that include grinding mesquite pods with a mano and metate.

Nevada travelers recently named the Lost City Museum as one of Nevada’s top treasures in the Discover Your Nevada campaign. The museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.   Call (702) 397-2193 or visit the department’s website at www.TravelNevada.com for more information.

The Lost City Museum was built by the National Park Service in 1935 to exhibit artifacts that were being excavated from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. Anasazi Indian sites were threatened by the waters of Lake Mead as it backed up behind the newly built Hoover Dam. Eventually, when the lake was filled to capacity, about five miles of sites had been inundated or undercut by the water.  The Civilian Conservation Corps assisted in the excavation of the sites and the construction of the museum building. The building was constructed of sun-dried adobe brick in a pueblo-revival style.   Programs include ongoing archaeological research on the remaining Lost City sites, school tours, changing exhibits, and archival library and collections research capabilities. Special public programs are held throughout the year.