On Saturday (Sept. 2) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., local teachers will visit the museum for an open house about the museum’s Traveling Trunks program. Each trunk is a trove of resources that a teacher may borrow when teaching on the subjects of: Nevada mining, growing up in Nevada, Nevada pioneers, the history of communication.

     We still need people to fill in Saturday time slots for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers will serve refreshments and help clean up. (A time slot for preparing snacks and drinks has already been filled.)

     Please sign up by filling out the electronic form at www.nsmlv.org/volunteering/#A. (This is located under the “Volunteering” tab on menu bar at left side of the home page.) Remember, one of our three missions as Friends is to serve as a volunteer!

     On Aug. 11, several Friends volunteered in the safe transfer of a valuable ichthyosaur fossil from one museum storage location to another.

     Curator of Natural History Sali Underwood, center, directs Robert Riemer, at left, and Wayne Pichler in the delicate operation.

     The ichthyosaur is an extinct sea reptile. It is Nevada’s state fossil.  “Ichthyosaur” is Greek for “fish lizard.”

      Volunteerism is part of the mission of the Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. Some Friends are helping to assemble a herbarium that emphasizes plant species which serve as host plants for Nevada butterflies and moths. Other volunteers are transcribing the museum library’s index cards to create a digital card catalogue. One volunteer has been working with the museum’s guest curator of textiles and costuming to preserve and display stage costumes from Las Vegas casino shows.

     At various public events many Friends have staffed information tables to spread the word on both the state museum and the Friends.

You’re invited to a panel discussion and reception at 1 p.m. on Aug. 12 to mark the opening of a new museum exhibit, “The Artistry of Pete Menefee, Costume Design for the Nevada Stage.”

     Costume designer Pete Menefee will be present at the event. He did costuming for shows on the Las Vegas Strip, including “Jubilee” and “Splash.”

     Other panelists include stage professionals who did dancing, wardrobe work and costume archiving.