Friends who attend the Sept. 15 meeting will go on a guided tour of the Springs Preserve’s historic streetscape, which is still under construction.

Boomtown 1905 is the streetscape’s name. It includes four cottages built between 1909 and 1911 by the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake railroad company. Originally located downtown, the cottages were removed to make way for public improvements including the Bonneville Transit Center. They now stand on the campus of the Springs Preserve, just north of the state museum.

The streetscape also features reproductions of long-gone Las Vegas historic structures including the train station at the head of Fremont Street, an early bank, and period stores and saloons.cottages

Springs Preserve archaeologist Nathan Harper will lead the tour, but will present most of his remarks beforehand, in the Special Events Room where our meetings are now held.

To familiarize yourself with the streetscape, check out the Aug. 30 post on the Preserve’s Facebook page.

In addition, if you will need to use a wheelchair on the tour, please contact Friends media coordinator Joan Whitely at before Sept. 15.


On Aug. 18, members present voted overwhelmingly for a logo that signifies both the man-made culture and the natural resources that make up Southern Nevada. Museum employee Wes Southerland designed the core of the logo, while Friends member Joan Whitely added the lettering that adapted it for Friends use. Our mission is to promote museum programs by raising community awareness & funds!                                                                         improved.logo

Please remember that the Friends retain rights to all entries; some of the finalists may be used down the line, if we create customized items for fund-raising projects.

A Friend aims to cut energy use in the state museum’s gift shop

One of the Friends members, Mark Schaffer, is spearheading an effort to raise $1,500 before September to replace halogen lights in the gift shop with energy-efficient bulbs.

As of noon on Aug. 9, $100 has been donated. You can make a gift by going online to: Pass on the word, too!