|Nevada Historical Society|
Nevada's Oldest Cultural Institution
Society Closure Dates – 2014
American Gaming Archives Grand Opening Exhibit featured at the Nevada Historical Society
A Grand Opening exhibit of gambling manuscripts and artifacts will be featured at the Nevada Historical Society reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 1650 No. Virginia Street in Reno. The American Gaming Archives is a focused collection at the Society and comprises one of the world’s best collections of gambling manufacturers material from the 20th century. A lecture on the American Gaming Archives at the Society will be given by AGA coordinator Howard W. Herz.
One specialized exhibit will display items from the famous and infamous K.C. Card Co.’s “Blue Book – a company catalog of gambling equipment that sold both fair and cheating devices. The exhibit features marked cards and other items that the company sold throughout the United States.
Records and artifacts of The Burt Company of Portland, Maine are featured in another display of gambling chip manufacturing procedures along with an explanation of the parts of a gaming chip. The Burt Company manufactured the vast majority of the gaming chips used in Nevada casinos from the 1960s to the 1980s.
The American Gaming Archives collections were created in 2006 as a home for gambling history in both manuscript and artifact form. The Nevada Historical Society, Nevada’s oldest cultural institution, is one of the few institutions in the state that maintains both collections of artifacts and manuscript material for historical research. The archive’s collection includes manufacturer’s records and artifacts from the major gambling manufacturing companies that sold gaming paraphernalia throughout the United States and the Caribbean.
The initial exhibits are intended to present a limited view of the extensive material from the society’s holdings. We are looking forward to expanding the research capabilities of the AGA.
Nevada Historical Society hosts a Gambling Collectibles Show
A “Chip Dig” will be hosted at the society on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4 p.m. This is a gaming collectables show featuring a limited number of dealers of gaming collectibles and memorabilia. Individuals wishing to buy or sell gaming collectibles are encouraged to bring them to the show. Admission is free.
SPIRITED NEVADA: A Day of Ghoulish Lectures & One Really Bad Movie
Blessed at birth with Psychic abilities, Sandie La Nae, will be speaking about living with her gift, and how she uses these abilities in Paranormal Investigations and in penning her books. Sandie La Nae, Author and Thin Veiled Investigators
"Virginia City's most notorious "working girl" will share in her own words how her scandalous death shocked the Comstock mining town, dividing its citizens in their quest to find and punish her murderer." Kim Copel, Genoa Ghost Tours
Movie – 3:00—4:30pm Godmonster of Indian Flats
10th Annual Biennial History Conference – March 2015
Thinking Beyond Nevada’s Borders
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 – March 2015
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
2. Blood of the prophets: Brigham Young and the massacre at Mountain Meadows by
3. Landing in Las Vegas, Commercial Aviation and the Making of a Tourist City by
4. Nevada’s Changing Wildlife Habitat, An Ecological History, Gruell, George E., 2012.
5. Reclaiming Basque, Language, Nation, and Cultural Activism, Urla, Jacqueline, 2012