"NEVADA'S SESQUICENTENNIAL - 150 YEARS OF STATEHOOD"

 

In May 2014, the Nevada SHPO and its many partners will be celebrating Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month.  This month’s theme is “Nevada's Sesquicentennial - 150 Years of Statehood” 

This theme reinforces the message that all citizens and visitors to Nevada can become part of the preservation of the state’s significant monuments, landscapes and neighborhoods by visiting an historic home or building, shopping in a historic neighborhood, or touring an archaeological site.

We encourage you to come and find out why historic resources and archaeological sites should be preserved to maintain a sense of community and place.  By joining in this month-long celebration of historic preservation and archaeology, you will learn about our collective heritage and participate in some great outdoor and indoor activities.


EVENTS


NV Heritage Playing Cards

alt text here

Click here to read the history behing the commemorative playing card photos.

 


 

May 1-28

 

2014 Historic Preservation Scavenger Hunt       

Location: Carson City, Historic District    
Contact:  Janice Brod, (775) 283-7069, Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     
Sponsor: Carson City Planning / Adele's Restaurant         
Link: http://carson.org/hrc

Cost: Free to the public  

 

The Scavenger hunt consists of a search for architectural building features from the pictures by the Carson City Historic District. Participants with all of the correct answers will receive dinner for two at Adele's Restaurant.   

 

May 3, 10:00 am

 

Beyond the Arches Walking Tour

 

Location: Meet at the National Automobile Museum, 10 S. Lake Street, Reno

Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478, Email: www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

 

Discover downtown Reno as it has reinvented itself for 150 years. This tour links the downtown Reno arches with stories of the forces that shaped the town: railroad and mining, immigrants, a notorious divorce and gambling mecca-- and now as a livable cultural hub. Walk in the footsteps of Bill Harrah, Myron Lake, Baby Face Nelson, Frederic DeLongchamps, and others. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.

 

May 6, 7:00 pm

 

MCM (Mid-Century Modern) Inside/Out: Richard Neutra: What the Neighbors Thought was Wrong

Location: UNLV - Downtown Design Center at the Historic Fifth Street School 401 S. 4th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Heidi Swank, 702-530-9707,
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: UNLV Downtown Design Center and the Nevada Preservation Foundation
Link to Map: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.16546,-115.143841,17z
Link to Website(s): www.NevadaPreservation.org
Cost: Free

Ken McCown, Director of UNLV's Downtown Design Center, will kick off the Nevada Preservation Foundation's Historic Preservation Month events. As Part I of our four-part speaker series entitled “MCM Inside/Out”, we look at the pioneering work of Richard Neutra that impacted the design of mid-century homes and buildings in Nevada. Richard Neutra's unique brand of modernism facilitated human health and mental well-being. He used mass-produced materials to create buildings sited in ideal locations, optimizing city and natural resources. His architecture has been largely misunderstood. In this talk, McCown will look past architecture form and appearance to relate the buildings performance inside the context of the city. Neutra called this idea 'combined total impact.’ Inside Neutra's architectural ideas and projects are important and surprisingly contemporary solutions to problems of human health and sustainability.

 

May 9, Noon – 8:00 pm

May 10, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Parks: Past/Present Perspectives

Location: California Building, 1000 Cowan Dr., Idlewild Park, Reno
Site: California Building at Idlewild Park
Contact:
Nathan Daniel, (775) 453-0698
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: Reno Parks, Recreation & Community Services, Historic Reno Preservation Society
Link to Map(s): https://www.google.com/maps/place/Idlewild+Park/@39.5219212,-119.8332644,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8099472b2d88afcf:0x720041bf51c79664
Link to Website(s): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link to Rephotography Project: http://nvshpo.org/dmdocuments/truckee_mead_press_release.pdf
Cost:
Free ($5.00 recommended donation)

“Parks: Past/Present Perspectives” is a visual arts exhibition showcasing 18 historical photographs, recreated to show the evolution of parks in Truckee Meadows. Short texts accompany each photographic pair to help connect citizens with our cultural history and develop sense of place. The exhibition is a component of the Truckee Meadows Parks Rephotography Project, an initiative designed to engage citizens in a better stewardship of our parks.

 

May 9-11

 

Nevada Anthropological Conference

 

Location: Minden, NV

Site: Carson Valley Inn
Contact: Mark Giambastiani, PhD, (775) 324-6789,

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsor: Nevada Archaeological Association and Nevada Rock Art Foundation; this is the 43rd annual meeting of NAA and the 11th annual meeting of NRAF; the two organizations are sponsoring this joint meeting.

Link to Website: http://nvarch.org/annual_meeting.html

Cost: $40 preregistration for members; $60 preregistration for nonmembers; $20 student rate. Add $20 for registration at door.

 

The Nevada Anthropological Conference (NAC) is intended to explore the shared research interests of archaeologists, rock art scholars, anthropologists, and avocation lists. The conference will highlight recent advances in archaeology and rock art studies that have complementary goals and ultimately strengthen the anthropological foundations of both disciplines. There are two days of presentations, social events in the evening, and field trips scheduled for Sunday.

 

May 10, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

May 24, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

Vintage Vegas Food Tour

Location: Tour begins at El Cortez Hotel & Casino, 600 E. Fremont St.,  Las Vegas, NV, Downtown, Las Vegas
Contact: Courtney Mooney, 702-229-5260
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link to Map(s): www.lasvegasnevada.gov/hp
Link to Website(s): www.lasvegasnevada.gov/hp
Cost: $109 with code CITY150

 Historic food tour May 10th and 24th in fabulous Downtown Las Vegas. Five vintage restaurants have been selected to introduce you to some of the best food in Las Vegas. Each restaurant, from a bygone era, has been part of the Las Vegas community for at least 25 years. You won’t find large buffets or chain restaurants on this tour but you will find steakhouses, converted houses and cafés that have withstood the test of time. You’ll embark on an eclectic mix of tasty samples while being introduced to the sights and sounds of Vintage Las Vegas. Between tastings, a local tour guide will highlight architectural features, local culture, and historical facts that put Las Vegas on the map. When it’s over, you’ll have a little bite of Las Vegas history both in your mind and your stomach.

 

 May 10, 8:00am-12:30pm

 

Brownstone Canyon Archaeological District and Rock Art Hike

 

Location: Near Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas, NV

Contact: Mark Boatwright and Renée Kolvet, (702) 515-5359 or 515-5099

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Southern Nevada District Office

Cost: Free

 

This half-day event begins at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitors’ Center at 8:00am. Tell attendant at Kiosk that you are attending the archaeology month event so you will not be charged admission. The hike is limited to 15 participants so register early and you will receive information about the travel arrangements. We will travel to the trailhead in government vehicles and then hike ¾ of a mile to the rock art sites. Bring water, snacks, and a hat. Wear boots or sturdy shoes with deep tread. The hike is moderate.

 

 May 10, 10:00 am

 

Lake Addition Walking Tour

 

Location: Meet at Nevada Museum of Art, 160 West Liberty St, Reno
Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478
Email:
www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

 

Meander past divorce-trade dwellings and Victorian architecture, through one of Reno's earliest additions. Tour includes a stop at the Lake Mansion. Tour guide: Debbie Hinman. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.

 

May 15, 7:00 pm

 

MCM Inside/Out: MCM Interiors: A Nod to Mid Mod

Location: The Morelli House, 861 Bridger St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Heidi Swank, 702-530-9707
E-mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: Las Vegas Junior League's Morelli House and the Nevada Preservation Foundation
Link to Map: https://goo.gl/maps/gnlcy
Link to Website(s): www.NevadaPreservation.org
Cost/Admission: Free

Part II of our four-part speaker series entitled “MCM Inside/Out” will take us inside the mid-century home to talk about MCM interior design. Join us for Ken Wolfson's discussion of the Bauhaus influence on American interior design and how this school brought about some of the most innovative & exciting MCM furniture pieces. As early as the 1880s a new art school had its beginnings in Germany. Named Bauhaus, it was famous for combining crafts and fine art. Bauhaus is responsible for the seeds that grew modernism into what we know as Mid-Century Modern. After Hitler was defeated in World War II, many members of the Bauhaus school fled to the booming United States. These great masters, such as Mies van der Rohe and Richard Neutra, created the environment for modernist, sleek homes. It is these MCM homes that spurred great furniture innovations bringing design to the forefront of Americans' minds. Learn, discover, and be enchanted by an exciting worldwide tour that ends here in Nevada - tracing where we were and how great Mid-Century Modern furniture became and is still, to this day, the most exciting furniture we have ever known.

 

 

May 17, 10:00 am

 

Cold Springs Ruins Tour

Location: Cold Springs, Highway 50; 60 Miles East of Fallon
Site
: Cold Springs Telegraph Station, Stage Station, Pony Express Station
Contact: Kristin Bowen, (775) 885-6005
Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsor: BLM Stillwater Field Office
Cost/Admission:  Free

 
A BLM Archaeologist will give a tour of the telegraph and stage stations on the side of Highway 50, then a tour to the pony express station for those interested. The pony express station is one mile up a hiking trail so pack water and food accordingly.

 

 May 17, 10:00 am

 

Roads and Rails, Historic Fourth Street

 

Location: Meet at Louis’ Basque Corner, 301 E. 4th Street
Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478
Email
:
www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

 

Discover the historic origins of the Lincoln Highway and the Nevada, California and Oregon Railroad, stopping to appreciate the Barengo/NCO building, Flanigan warehouse, and other vestiges of the corridor’s heyday. Meet at Louis Basque Corner, 301 E. 4th Street.  Tour guide: Cindy Ainsworth. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.

 

May 17, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Helldorado Parade

Location: Las Vegas, NV
Site:
4th Street, Downtown Parade Route
Contact: Esther Carter, (702) 229-6672
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Elks Lodge #1468
Link to Map(s): http://www.elkshelldorado.com/
Link to Website(s): http://www.elkshelldorado.com/
Cost/Admission: Free

The Helldorado Parade is part of the annual Helldorado Days event that includes a rodeo and carnival. The event started in 1934 with the first parade in 1935.

 

May 17, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

 

Archaeology Fair

Location: Northeastern Nevada Museum, 1515 Idaho Street, Elko
Site: Northeastern Nevada Museum
Contact:
Donna Murphy, (775) 738-6269
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: Elko County Chapter, Nevada Archaeological Association
Cost: Free admission to the fair

Exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the kids.

 

May 20, 3:00 p.m.

 

Mid-Century Modern Walking Tour

 

Location: Reno City Hall, 1 East First St at N. Virginia St, Reno

Site: Meet in the lobby at the Reno City Hall

Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478
Email:
www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

 

Be part of the statewide effort to honor Mid-Century Modern architecture! The 2013 Nevada Assembly passed a resolution designating May 20, 2014 as MCM Day.  HRPS is celebrating by offering a special tour with in-depth, interior visits to the Downtown Reno Library, “old” City Hall (now the Discovery Museum), “new” City Hall (formerly FIB building)  and the Pioneer Center. Participants will also receive a list of other notable MCM buildings to visit on their own. Tour begins in the Lobby at 3 p.m. at City Hall, 1 East First St. at N. Virginia St. Tour guide: Sharon Honig-Bear. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.

 

May 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

 

MCM Inside/Out: Visual Acoustics: The Photography of Julius Shulman

Location: UNLV - Downtown Design Center at the Historic Fifth Street School 401 S. 4th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Heidi Swank, 702-530-9707
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: UNLV Downtown Design Center and the Nevada Preservation Foundation
Link to Map: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.16546,-115.143841,17z
Link to Website(s):
www.NevadaPreservation.org
Cost/Admission: Free

In Part III of our four-part speaker series entitled “MCM Inside/Out”; we look at the amazing photography of Julius Shulman with a film and discussion. Join Heather Protz, Professor of Photography at the College of Southern Nevada, for the screening of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, a pioneer in architectural photography, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry.  His images epitomized the singular beauty of the modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

 

May 24, 10:00 a.m.

 

Newlands Neighborhood Walking Tour

 

Location: Meet at My Favorite Muffin, 340 California Ave, Reno

Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478
Email:
www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

 

Enjoy an architectural walk through one of Reno’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods. Meet at My Favorite Muffin, 340 California Avenue.  Tour guide: Scott Gibson. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.

 

May 24, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

Blacksmithing Classes

Location: Blacksmithing at the Mining-Park, 10 Burro Street, Tonopah, NV 89049
Site: Tonopah Historic Mining Park
Contact:
Marti Barth, (702) 461-4323
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Link to Website(s): www.TonopahHistoricMiningPark.com On Facebook, too.
Cost: $60 for the weekend, $45 – Sat. only, $20 – Sun. only, Park members get 10% discount.

Designed for those with an interest in learning the fundamentals of blacksmithing, and/or continuing their education, students will learn to light and work with a coal forge to heat metal to more than red hot and then to use hammers and other tools to forge, bend and twist the hot metal to desired shapes. Students will learn to forge iron into useful and decorative items. Classes will be designed to student's skill levels. Class is intended for adults; however, well-behaved youths are invited to participate with adult supervision.

 

May 28, 7:00 pm

 

MCM Inside/Out: Brutalism: The Misunderstood Bulk

Location: UNLV - Downtown Design Center at the Historic Fifth Street School 401 S. 4th St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Contact: Heidi Swank, 702-530-9707
E-mail:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsor: UNLV Downtown Design Center and the Nevada Preservation Foundation
Link to Map: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.16546,-115.143841,17z
Link to Website(s): www.NevadaPreservation.org
Cost/Admission: Free

The last of our four-part speaker series entitled “MCM Inside/Out”; we look at Brutalist architecture found across the county as well as in Nevada. Jeff Wagner of [N] Site Studios and the College of Southern Nevada will present a talk on one of the most misunderstood forms of mid-century architecture: Brutalism. Please join the Nevada Preservation Foundation for an evening of exploration and engagement. Brutalism was a natural evolution of the modernist movement that preceded it. However, these majestic buildings have been misunderstood and criticized as being overwhelming and even oppressive. We will endeavor to debunk this myth while noting the significance this movement played in 20th century architecture.

 

May 31, 12:00 to 4:00 PM

 

Behind Closed Doors – Austin Walking Tour

 

Location: 180 Main Street, Austin, Nevada

Site: Austin Historical Museum

Contact: Nancy Gordon, (775) 964-2042
Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sponsors: Austin Historical Society, Austin Chamber of Commerce, and USDA Forest Service

Link to Map(s): http://austinnevada.com/images/Austin_maps/austin_area_map.jpg ;

            http://austinnevada.com/images/Austin_maps/AustinTownMap.pdf

Link to Website: http://austinnevadamuseum.com

Link to Brochure: http://nvshpo.org/dmdocuments/austin_broch_hp_month.pdf

 

Celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial with a stroll through its living history as Austin opens the doors to ten impressive buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nestled in the geographic center of Nevada, the small town of Austin was founded in 1862 after a rich body of silver ore was discovered. By 1863, it was the Lander County seat, and by 1865, it was home to 7500 folks. Although the population isn’t what it used to be, the ‘welcome’ is as warm as ever. You’ll find several of the residents’ homes will also be on tour so you can fully appreciate the architecture of the mid-1800s. Begin your historic journey at the Austin Historical Society Museum at 180 Main Street where you will find an annotated map of the city. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to peer behind the closed doors of Central Nevada’s historic treasures. The event is sponsored by the Austin Historical Society Museum, the Austin Chamber of Commerce, and the Austin Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

 

May 31, 10:00 a.m.

 

Parsons/Mills Architecture Walking Tour

 

Location: Meet at the corner of March Ave and LaRue, Reno

Contact: Cindy Ainsworth, (775) 747-4478
Email:
www.historicreno.org

Sponsor: Historic Reno Preservation Society, P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89507

Link to Website: http://historicreno.org/

Cost: $10 per person or free to HRPS members

 

Stroll one of Reno's most unique neighborhoods to view some designs of Reno architects Edward Parsons and Russell Mills, who sometimes collaborated on designs. Hear about the families who first lived in these homes. Meet at the corner of Marsh Avenue and LaRue. Tour guide: Anne Simone & April Kempler. Reservations are required and can be made at 775-747-4478 or www.historicreno.org.