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Exhibition Schedule

Permanent Gallery - Open 10am to 5pm
Tuesday thru Saturday 

Our gallery is broken into two sections focusing upon the State's History. The first is called Nevada: Prisms & Perspectives, broken into five crucial stories about life in the Silver State, but all five are intimately related to each other. The second section is called Biggest Little City in the World, that focuses upon  Reno's fasinating history.

 

 

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NHS Changing Gallery - Open 10am to 5pm
Tuesday thru Saturday 
 

Upcoming Exhibitions Schedule

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 pm on the evening of Friday, October 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 1960’s to the 1980’s.

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, October 18, 2014 from 10 am to 4pm.  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.For additional Information contact:

SPIRITED NEVADA: A Day of Ghoulish Lectures & One Really Bad Movie

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lecture 11:00-11:45am
“Psychic and Paranormal Existence – Living With The Gift and the Ghost.”

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

Lecture 12:00-12:45pm
The Scandalous Life and Death of Virginia City’s Julia Bulette”

"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

Lecture 1:00-1:45pm
Lecture and Book signing—Ghost Stories of Lake Tahoe. Patrick Betson

‘Mini Readings’12:30-3:30pm
While you are visiting with our guests, get a mini reading with Angel or Tarot Cards from card reader, Betty Franklin in the conference room. Betty is an intuitive reader.

Lecture 2:00—2:45pm
Virginia City Cemetery Lecture—Stories and History about the Cemeteries
Candace Wheeler, Executive Director, Comstock Cemetery Foundation
It would not be a boast to say that she has spent more time in the graveyard then anyone alive. Over the years she has uncovered many of the hidden secrets of the cemetery landscape-If you live in the Nevada you may have been to the cemeteries and walked the grounds, but you don’t really know what happened there 150 years ago until you hear the whispered dark tales of years long past. For Candace, dead men do tell tales-and she is prepared to share-just this once.

Movie – 3:00—4:30pm Godmonster of Indian Flats 

You don’t want to miss this really bad Nevada-themed movie.  Gaseous vapors from an mine cause the birth of a huge squealing embryo that is cared by a mad doctor that becomes a  8-foot mutant sheep. While the racist mayor of an historic Wild West tourist town attempts to lynch a black man buying real estate. What happens next when the lamb escapes and starts terrifying the population?

During our event, we will tables in the hallway—come and visit:
Thinly Veiled Investigators—We Investigate the spiritual world with Dignity, Respect and Honor. An increasing lack of consistency in understanding hauntings, ghosts, and  other manifestations of spirit beings makes informed knowledge ever more crucial.  Thin Veil Investigators believes that our collective knowledge of the paranormal should be shared, to educate everyone on the actual attitude, condition and behavior of spirits.

Author—Sandie La Nae—Sandie has penned nine books, with themes of the paranormal and historical, educational, and of the divinatory and healing properties of minerals. Blessed at birth with the Gift to foresee the future, she has devised her own intuitive visionary method using a unique Reading element—Stones.

Author—Patrick Betson—Recognized as an authority on the history of Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.  Patrick is the author of "The Ghosts of Lake Tahoe (The Stuff of Legends.) He is a narrator, guest speaker, radio presenter and Tour and Operations Manager for local and international travel.

Comstock Cemetery Foundation—A non-profit organization that was established to restore the gardens of  the past and share their story in an innovative and provocative manner.  The Operating Board comprises members of organizations represented within the Silver Terrace Cemeteries, Virginia City (NV), Silver City (SC), and Gold Hill Cemeteries in Gold Hill (NV).

Nevada Paranormal Institute—The  Nevada Paranormal Institute (N.P.I.) is a non-profit paranormal organization dedicated to the study, research, education, and documentation of paranormal phenomena. N.P.I. is dedicated to finding the truth no matter what that may be.  N.P.I. accomplishes its mission with a mixture of scientific evidence collection and the use of psychic abilities.

150 Years of Nevadan Stories told thru Collections

January 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014
Free Reception - January 17th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm.

This exhibit will focus upon Nevadan stories, pulling together rarely seen collection materials. Don't miss this opportunity to visit this exhibit brimming with textiles, artifacts, documents, maps and photographs.

The Society invites you to a free reception event at the Society. There will be refreshments and free admission to the galleries. The reception is scheduled for January 17th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm.

Read about our exhibit on the NV150 website: https://www.nevada150.org/programs/

Fifty Year of Preserving Beauty: Photography by Jerry Fenwick
June 13, 2014 - September 27, 2014
Free Reception and Lecture - June 13th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm.
Lecture will begin at 6:00pm

This exhibit will focus on nature's beauty, photographs including birds, animals and flowers captured with Jerry's magical touch. The framed photographs will be for sale and all sales will benefit the Society. Custom framing by Eagle Frame & Art Gallery.

The Society invites you to a free reception and lecture event at the Society. There will be refreshments and free admission to the galleries. The reception is scheduled for June 13th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm.

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There is Beauty ALL Around Us - Nature Photography Lecture
Jerry Fenwick, speaker
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:00 - 2:00pm

Latimer Club - 7th Annual - Nevada Miniatures Art Exhibition
Nevada theme

October 10, 2014 - December 13, 2014
Reception  - October 10th, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm.
 

The Society invites you to a free reception event at the Society. There will be refreshments and free admission to the galleries. The reception is scheduled for October 10thth, 2014 from 5:00-7:00pm. Make sure to stop by during the reception, many of the local artists will be here. 

This exhibit has become a tradition at the Society. Each year, local artists from around the state submit Nevada-themed art miniatures to this juried show. People have an opportunity to purchase these charming pieces of artwork, just in time for Christmas. 


Family Activities at NHS

Spirited Nevada Programming Series - October 2014

The Society invites you to this free ghouls program in the Reno History gallery during the month of October. Spirited Nevada has become a full day of things that go bump into the night. We are working on lining up some fascinating lectures and always feature a really bad 'Nevada-themed' Movie with our favorite ghoul, Zomboo. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office. Mark your calendar and don't be afraid!!!

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 History for the Holidays Event

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History for the Holidays
December 13, 2014 (Saturday)
11:00pm - 4:00pm
Nevada Artisans craft fair, Book authors, holiday refreshments

The Society invites you to a free family event at the Society. History for the Holidays originally was a Christmas wreath fundraiser for the Society. Over the past five years, our Holidays event has evolved into an opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind gifts from local Nevada artists. The museum store highlights Nevada Authors new books and a 20% discount is available on most store merchandise. Family activities include kids crafts, musical entertainment, refreshments and free admission to the galleries.

Don't forget about the annual Latimer Art miniature exhibit and all of the art pieces are for sale. You will get your last chance to purchase original, affordable art by local artists.  

Upcoming Lectures Schedule
              More information about these fascinating programs will be posted soon.


High Noon: Shootout with Neal Cobb video series

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Read the fun article from the RGJ:
http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2014/04/01/high-noon-historical-series-rides/7119145/

 

The Society invites you to our newly revamped High Noon series in the Reno History gallery each month on the third Thursday at 12:00pm.



Join us for a viewing of an episode of Tales of Nevada, and stay afterward and fire questions at Neal Cobb, one of the hosts of the show! Neal’s extensive knowledge of Nevada’s rich history, and his insight into the production of Tales of Nevada is a wonderful resource for answering a variety of your questions! Come prepared for some fun!

There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.  

Newlands Video
March 20, 2014

 

US Grant Video
April 17, 2014  

 

Captive City Movie, 1952
May 15, 2014
91 minutes

A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

According to director Robert Wise, the movie was shot entirely in Reno, Nevada. They used the newspaper there, the City Hall, the street. Not one shot was filmed in the studio. It was filmed in 22-23 days.

We would like to thank the NHS Docent Council for providing popcorn and soda for the upcoming movie.

Cowboy Poetry
June 19, 2014

 

TBA Video
July 17, 2014

Special Evening Lectures

 

 

The Society will start to offer the occassional evening lecture. Our special lectures subjects range from Nevada, US and international history topics. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.

Two Sides of the Coin: Slavery at Mount Vernon
Chatauqua performances
Friday, March 14th, 2014
7:00 - 8:15pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Share the reminisces of Billy Lee and Hercules: two enslaved men who worked for and knew George Washington. Billy Lee, Washington's personal manservant, rode with the Gernal through eight years of war, was in the room during discussions of establishing a nation, and was the only slave freed outright in Washington's will. Hercules, known throughout Philadelphia for flamboyant dress and skill as the President's cook, sucessfully ran away.

 

Join us to hear the unique perspectives of their lives and their relationships with George Washington. This is a special program sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon and the Nevada Historical Society. Seating is limited.

Unearthing Nevada's Past Lecture Series

The Society invites you to a free lecture series in the Reno History gallery on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Unearthing Nevada's Past lectures are interesting Nevada-themed topics, with a special guest speaker. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.

Nevada Humanities Young Chautauquan Performance
Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:00pm to 4:00pm

What an opportunity to watch these amazing kids perform as they culminate in youth performances at the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival the week of June 22-26, 2014, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno.

Meet the Author - Lecture & Booksigning Event
Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman
Jackie Boor, Author
Thursday, May 8, 2014
12:00pm to 1:30pm

A program that you won't want to miss. Jackie spent several years compiling her research and did extensive work using the Society's collection.

International History Topics Lecture Series

The Society invites you to a free lecture series in the Reno History gallery on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm. International History Topics lectures cover fascinating cultures, people and events from around the world, with a special guest speaker. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.

Exploring Nevada's Playground - Nature Series  

The Society invites you to a free lecture series in the Reno History gallery on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm. The Nevada Nature lectures will cover topics ranging nature, wildlife, minerals and seimology, with a special guest speaker. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.

A Closer Look at STAY AWAY
Bob Goodman, speaker
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Nevada hosts the largest number of hot springs of any state in the lower 48.  Although many folks enjoy "soaking" in various springs throughout the world, we here have many that have lethal temperatures if you enter them.  Photographer and naturalist Bob Goodman has visited and photographed many of these springs that are not well known, and either too hot to enter or of small size, to bring us a close look at the life that forms in undisturbed springs and their wondrous colors, textures, shapes and designs. 

This program continues Bob's quest of looking at the astonishing parts of our world seldom seen.

Nevada's Avian Heritage
Alan Gubanich, speaker
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1:00 - 2:00pm 

What? Over 300 species of birds in Nevada? Are you kidding me? We’re the driest state in the nation, and more than half of our landscape is covered with nothing but bushes. An out-of-stater driving across Nevada on I-80 or Hwy 50 ("the loneliest road in America”) would probably exclaim “What a barren landscape! Nothing must live here!” Well, surprise, surprise! Join Alan Gubanich, retired UNR Biology faculty member and long-time member of the local Lahontan Audubon Society, while he takes you on a photographic journey through parts of Nevada that outsiders never see and shows you some of the almost 300 species of birds that can be found in our corner of the state, including a surprising number that can even pop up in your very own yard!

 

Who's That Stranger in my back yard?
Alan Gubanich, speaker
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:00 - 2:00pm

 

Rockin' the Comstock: Exploring the Unlikely and Underappreciated Role of a Mid-Nineteenth Century Northern Nevada Ghost Town (Virginia City) in the Development of the 1960s Psychedelic Esthetic and 'San Francisco Sound'.
Engrid Barnett, PhD, speaker
Saturday, July 12, 2014
1:00 - 2:00pm

There is Beauty ALL Around Us
Jerry Fenwick, speaker
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:00 - 2:00pm

 

Donner Party Lecture Series

The Society invites you to a free lecture series in the Reno History gallery on Saturdays from 2:00-3:00pm. The Society will have a lecture series focusing upon the tragic Donner Party story with a special guest speaker in honor of Nevada's upcoming Sesquicentennial. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.

Docent Council Lecture Series

The Nevada Historical Society Docent Council invites you to their free monthly lecture series in the Reno History gallery on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00am. Docent Council lectures are interesting Nevada-themed topics, with a special guest speaker. There is free parking available around the Society, even behind KNPB on the UNR campus. You can pick up temporary parking permits in our admissions office.  

Reno's Early History
Carol Coleman, Historian
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 - 10:00am

No Lecture
Annual Docent Council Awards Luncheon
April 2014

History of Belmont & today's Counrthouse Preservation
Fran and Terry Terras
Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 - 10:00am

History of the Lovelock Caves

Dennis Cassinelli, Historian
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 - 10:00am

No Lectures
Summer Break
July and August 2014

History of Boulder City
Robert (Bob) Ferraro, retired Mayor of Boulder City
September 3, 2014 - 10:00am

History of the Labie Mine
Kitty and Russell Umbraco
October 1, 2014 - 10:00am

History of the Reno - Sparks Indian Colony
Mr. Arlan D. Melendez, Chairman
Ms. Michon Eben, Manager of Cultural Resources
November 5, 2014 - 10:00am

Robert Laxalt: The Story of a Storyteller
Warren Lerude
December 3, 2014 - 10:00am


Nevada: Behind the Lens Movie Series - Nevada-themed Films

 

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The Society invites you to a free film series in the Reno gallery at 2:00pm on Saturdays. The Nevada: Behind the Lens series will feature Nevada themed films. What a fun way to celebrate real or imagined Nevada on film.