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Nevada's Oldest Cultural Institution

1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89503
Phone: (775) 688-1190 | Fax: (775) 688-2917

Hours of Operation:
Museum & Store: Tuesday - Saturday, 10a - 5p
Library: Wednesday - Saturday, 12:00p to 4p

Admission Fees:
(17 years and younger)

Society Closure Dates - 2014
March 15, 2014              George Washington Teacher's Workshop
May 26, 2014                 Memorial Day
July 4, 2014                     Fourth of July
August 30, 2014              UNR Home Football Game
September 1, 2014          Labor Day
September 6, 2014         UNR Home Football Game
October 4, 2014             UNR Home Football Game
October 11, 2014           UNR Home Football Game
October 31, 2014           Nevada Day
November 1, 2014          UNR Home Football Game
November 11, 2014        Veteran's Day
November 22, 2014        UNR Home Football Game
November 27, 2014        Thanksgiving Day
November 28, 2014        Family Day
December 25, 2014        Christmas Day

Two Special Programming Events

Historic Touring Series - CANCELLED
1st Annual Society Programming Fundraiser
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8am to 5pm

Your guest speaker and tour guide on our bus tour will be local historian and Comstock expert Ron James.
This will be a full-day of touring historic sites that played a part in Nevada's early history.

Nevada Historical Society
Lake Mansion
Bowers Mansion
Fourth Ward School

Comstock History and Cultural Foundation $500  

There are only 56 seats available for this one-of-a-kind tour. The price includes food, bus and general admission fees. A highligh will be the High Tea that will be served while at the Fourth Ward School. Tickets are $100.00 as this is a fundraising event.

More information about the tour, please click here on the brochure.

10th Annual Biennial History Conference
Nevada Sesquicentennial Theme
Thursday and Friday, September 18-19, 2014
10am to 4:00pm

More information to follow.


Join in Nevada's Battle-Born Birthday Cake Celebration


On Friday, March 21, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m., Nevadans are invited to be a part of history and attend the Battle Born Birthday Cake Celebrationtaking place at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

A signature Nevada 150 event, the festivities will commemorate the 150th anniversary of when President Lincoln signed an act passed by Congress enabling the Nevada Territory to write a constitution, which was our first step toward Statehood.

Along with the public, those in the community whose birthday falls on Oct. 31 are invited to attend the event, grab a piece of cake and take a photo at 3:30 p.m. with all other shared birthday attendees at the historic event.This free event will feature a day full of entertainment and cake, similar to the historic centennial cake event held in 1964. The cake, weighing in at 1300 pounds (with frosting), will be constructed in the shape
of the state of Nevada, consisting of 9,000 slices and spanning 13-feet-by-21-feet. The day will consist of performances throughout the day including the Carson City Symphony’s youth strings group, STRAZZ performing the Reno Philharmonic’s newly commissioned arrangements
of “Home Means Nevada”, the state’s official “Honorary Sesquicentennial Poet” Waddie Mitchell, an appearance by Mark Twain portrayed by the acclaimed McAvoy Lane, a special performance of Sarah Winnemucca portrayed by Dianna Borges, an appearance by President Lincoln portrayed by Wally Earhart, a performance by the University of Nevada Cadet Marching Band, James Lee Reeves who will be debuting his Nevada
150 anthem “Battle Born, Nevada Proud” and special “appearances” by other historical Nevadans, Nevada Sesquicentennial Commissioners and others. The event will be held inside the Sage Café at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. The public is invited to attend the event from 1 to 6 p.m.

 Programming Schedule:
1 p.m.: Event opened to public.

1-1:30 p.m.: Performance by Nevada Sesquicentennial Honorary Poet Waddie Mitchell.

2-2:30 p.m.: Performance by Mark Twain portrayed by McAvoy Layne.

2:30-3 p.m.: Performance by Sarah Winnemucca portrayed by Dianna Borges.

3:30-4 p.m.: Group picture of 10-31 Birthday Club Members with Nevada 150 cake.

5-5:30 p.m.: Performance by University of Nevada Cadet Marching Band.

5:30-6 p.m.: Performance by James Lee Reeves (Debut of "Battle Born, Nevada Proud") and singing of other Nevada Songs.

Las Vegas Sun article:


Giant Nevada-Shaped Birthday Cake, Channel 2 News video:


Nevada’s heritage starts here!

Established in 1904, the Nevada Historical Society is the oldest institution of its kind in Nevada. Learn more about our Museum, the Wier and Mortensen Research Library and our academic publication called the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. Join in the countless programs we offer or shop in our newly remodeled Museum Store.

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Volunteer Training Classes Schedule

The Docent Council is a volunteer organization that supports the mission and activities of the Society. They host two training classes each year, one in the spring and fall. What a wonderful way to learn about Nevada's history through volunteering at the Society. Docents perform vital work in all areas of the Society, including in the galleries as tour guides for kids and adults, in the research library, artifacts, manuscripts and photography collection, and in the admissions/museum store. Come and meet this fascinating group of people that share a common interest—a love of Nevada, the Society and a desire to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with others.

Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:00am to 12:00pm

For more information, please contact the Society at 775-688-1190 ext 0 or email Shery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research Library is Seeking Book Donations

We would like to add the following books to our permanent collection but we need your help.

1.     Lost Legacy of Carson Valley: The Rise and Fall of H.F. Dangberg Ranching Empire by Steve “Dick” Achard
        and Conrad Buedel, 2013.
2.     Blood of the prophets: Brigham Young and the massacre at Mountain Meadows by Will Bagley, 2002.
3.     Landing in Las Vegas, Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City by Bubb, Daniel K., 2012.
4.     Nevada’s Changing Wildlife Habitat, An Ecological History, Gruell, George E., 2012.
5.     Reclaiming Basque, Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism, Urla, Jacqueline, 2012

 For more information, please contact Michael Maher at 775-688-1190 ext 227 or email him This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it