The Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas will sponsor a silver polishing class on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Special Events Room at the museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

     Curator Caroline Kunioka will show participants how to polish silver. There is a fee of $8 to cover the cost of materials, and class size is limited. Please bring one silver item (jewelry, silverware, etc.) with you to polish.

      Sign up online.

Thank you to all who turned out to

support either Nevada Day at the museum on Oct. 27,

or the reception for Jeff Scheid’s ranching photo exhibit on Oct. 28.


Actor Sean Critchfield plays a mountain man in the museum rotunda on Oct. 27.



     Admission to the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is FREE for Nevada Day on Friday, Oct. 27. Nevada Day commemorates Nevada becoming a state on Oct. 31, 1864. The museum will have free kids activities in the Education Room. Also, actors in the galleries will interpret Nevada history from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Area outlined in black is railroad’s purchase of land from Helen Stewart.                           Las Vegas Rancho is detailed above.


     Our guest speaker at the next general meeting is Lisa Leavitt Messenger, who will talk about what happened to the Stewart ranch after it was sold to railroad and mining magnate William A. Clark in 1902.


Gabriela Caceres, at left, helps a Friends officer in kitchen.             Pam West, at right, helps serve snacks.

     A heartfelt thank you to the many volunteers who helped at the Teacher Meet and Greet organized for the school district so its faculty can learn the resources and attractions at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

     Those who participated or volunteered to participate at the event were:

Gabriela Caceres

Camilla Camburn

Maggie and Merritt Carlton

Aleta MacFarlane

Pam West

Teachers socialize in rotunda between stages of their museum tour.


     The Oct. 19 Friends’ general meeting will be devoted to remarks by Kelli Luchs, the archivist for the Las Vegas News Bureau, and Ilana Short, who directs the museum’s photo collection and outreach.

     The bureau and the museum are jointly researching a batch of intriguing old community photos that lack vital details such as the names of people pictured and the date or place taken.

     This photo identification project is called the Las Vegas Lineup; the exhibit has been touring the Las Vegas Valley.

     Learn about the sleuthing required to maximize the historical value of such images, such as the red-attired performers above.

     You’re invited to the debut of the Las Vegas Lineup, an exhibit of historical community photographs. The exhibit’s opening reception at the museum runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

     The museum and the Las Vegas News Bureau are seeking information about these intriguing, but unidentified photographs.


     A member of the Friends has made a 3-minute video that offers a look at Tule Springs fossils that are held in the museum’s collection area, which the general public cannot view. The video shows remnants of a mammoth’s tusk and other bones, as stored in drawers for use by researchers.

Tusk Tour

Here's a 3-minute video tour, made by a museum Friend, that displays the Tule Springs fossils held at the NV State Museum LV. We call it the "Tusk Tour."

Posted by Friends of the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas on Monday, October 2, 2017


      A great hoodie will never go out of style. On chilly evenings, there’s nothing better than tossing on a hoodie to make sitting outside more comfortable. Try this classic blue pullover emblazoned with the title of Nevada’s state song, “Home Means Nevada.”

     Available for $40 in a variety of sizes from the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas gift shop. Made of machine-wash, tumble-dry, 50/50 cotton/poly blend. Makes a perfect gift for family, friends or yourself!


     On Sept. 14, Friends of the museum received a customized tour of the Springs Preserve’s newest attraction: the Waterworks, which opened to the public two days later, on Sept. 16.

     The Waterworks is located next to the state museum, just to the west. It demonstrates the process by which residents of the Las Vegas Valley receive their water. Interactive exhibits make the experience memorable.