Although Friends account for roughly 25 percent of the museum’s total volunteer force, we contributed about 50 percent of all volunteer hours donated in 2017! Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment.

     The chart expresses proportionally which aspects of the museum received volunteer hours from Friends.

     To read our full 2017 Impact Report, please go to annual report.


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Our next general meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

We meet in the museum at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

The museum is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. 89107,

inside the Springs Preserve.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Please park in upper lot and follow the meeting signs.

Our story, Your Story

     We will go over the organization’s accomplishments at our January general meeting on Thursday (Jan. 18), which runs 6-7 p.m. in the museum’s special events room. That will include recognizing individuals who played a role in our various 2017 projects and events.

Second, because it’s also our annual business meeting, we will vote to update two bylaws and elect a permanent secretary. Only members who have paid their 2018 dues can vote. Don’t forget – you can pay online, via our website’s membership page.

     As usual, we will have snacks and a raffle, too!

Feb. 3: We need volunteers


     Members, we need your help on Feb. 3 (a Saturday afternoon) at guest curator Karan Feder’s book discussion and book signing. To volunteer, please sign up online at Volunteering.The link gives all volunteering details.

Photo by Royer

     Thanks to a Jan. 6 photo workshop led by Garrett Winslow and sponsored by the Friends of the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, we are proud to announce the winner of our first ever indoor-photography contest: Ms. Royer, whose first-place black and white photo depicts an old-style hopper for holding bingo numbers.

     More than 30 people attended the workshop, at which Winslow gave tips on how to effectively shoot museum artifacts — which pose such challenges as reflective glass cases, dark shadows and spot lighting. Winslow encouraged participants to make the most of their smartphone cameras.

    After Winslow’s remarks, attendees spread through the museum galleries, taking photographs of display items and visitors.

     The museum photos shot during the workshop and entered in the contest can be viewed at “Nevada, Now and Then.”

    People who participated in the photo contest agreed to release their photos for use by the museum and Friends to develop gift-shop items and marketing materials. Due to technical difficulties, not all photographs submitted were entered in the contest. We apologize to those whose photos were affected.

Photo by Alvarado Reyes

     Photographer Garrett Winslow ( will lead a workshop on indoor photography from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 6) at the museum. Come with any kind of photo device – from smartphone to iPad to actual camera. He has titled this event “Nevada, Now and Then.”

     After an instruction session, Winslow will turn attendees lose in the museum gallery, to shoot artifacts, preserved animals, fossils, etc.

     We will hold a contest of submitted photos, and award a one-year family museum membership to the photographer who places first. Other photos will be displayed on the Friends’ website and may be used in other marketing materials.

     This workshop is free with either museum membership or general Springs Preserve admission.


To give us a hand running the workshop, please sign up online.


Photo by Karen Maes

     Our Jan. 18 meeting will be our annual business meeting. We will recognize donors and volunteers, review our community impact from 2017 and vote on several by-law changes as well elect a secretary. Sarah Hulme, who has been doing a great job as appointed secretary, is running unopposed!

     Only Friends who have paid their 2018 dues will be able to vote. You can pay online, by U.S. post, or in person on Jan. 18.

     On Dec. 21, the Friends held our second annual holiday potluck, pictured in these snapshots.

     Attendees enjoyed good food, cheer, door prizes, a raffle and a preview of the agenda for our 2018 annual business meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 18.

     The January meeting will cover:

– Report on our community impacts in 2017

– Recognition of volunteers and donors in 2017

– Voting on two by-law changes as well as the election of a permanent secretary.



Join us for a holiday potluck at our December general meeting.

It begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Dec. 21) in the museum’s special-events room.

Door prizes and raffle prizes are on the agenda.

Hope to see you there!

     Remember to pay your 2018 dues

so that you can vote at our January business meeting, on Jan. 18.


     We need Friends to volunteer to staff an information table and sell water and soft drinks at the dialogue on Dec. 16 between photographer Jeff Scheid and rancher Anna Fallini-Berg, whose family ranch is the exhibit’s focus. Volunteers need to arrive at the museum by 9:30 a.m., and will be able to leave at about 12:15 p.m. Sign up online .

    The audience will join us at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 when Scheid and Anna Fallini-Berg will tell the stories behind the photographs featured in our current changing exhibit, “Ranching in the High Desert: Five Generations, One Family.” The exhibit focuses on the Fallini family ranch, which has been operating since the mid-1800s. Free with Springs membership or Springs admission or museum membership. (Friends of NV State Museum LV membership is different from museum membership.)



     The Friends are gratified to announce that our organization received $845 in donations from supporters on Giving Tuesday, which was Nov. 28.

Specifically, we thank numerous anonymous donors, as well as Debby Smith, Pat Thacker and Crystal Van Dee.

     In addition, we thank Friend Jeff Alpert, who provided matching funds so the Friends can purchase a laptop computer for the museum.