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Dino Discovery Delivers

By Joan Whitely

Happy Dinosaur
Welcome to my world!
Photo courtesy of Umanoid. (CC BY-SA 2.0 License)

Dinosaur Discovery Family Night at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas informed and entertained families over a scorching hot weekend. This free event, sponsored by the Friends of NSMLV, gave families access to the galleries and our unique Dinosaur Carnival.

Guests began their gallery and carnival adventure by following dinosaur tracks put in place by Pat Thacker.

Pat Thacker traverses the footprint trail that she blazed.

Guests got quickly into the spirit because they had to enter the carnival through a dinosaur's mouth! Once inside, guests were treated to spectacular flowers and vines hung by NSMLV staff members Brenda Isaacs and Dewayne Johnston. There was also a menacing pterodactyl hanging from the ceiling. Music played throughout the carnival, punctuated by the occasional happy scream.

Brenda and Dewayne perform the hanging of the vines.

The carnival was managed by that dino-mite Friend, Joan Whitely. Joan staffed the event through a collaboration between the Friends, Boy Scout Troop 476, and the Clark County School District’s Jobs for Nevada's Graduates (JAG) program.

Troop 476, looking prepared for fun.

Carnival events included arts and crafts stations, the museum’s touch-me carts, and a selfie wall. [photos] Scouts staffed the Tracks and Scat station with realistic samples of animal poop that was a big hit with guests. Nick Dyer showed off some of the museum’s fossils. Giant building blocks and a Nevada puzzle showing the types of fossils found in each county were available to younger children. Bob Whitely, Haven Whitely and Greg Makarian helped families with selfies at a dinosaur mural painted especially for the event by Haven and Greg. Volunteer Mary Gafford offered dino food to visitors that included herbivore snacks (carrots), dino bones (pretzels), and other treats prepared by Elliot Meacham, Pat Thacker, and additional volunteers.

Haven tests the selfie wall.

Generous donors provided raffle and door prizes for the event, and each guest received a stick-on dino. Kids were also given small plastic dinos. A one-year family membership donated by the museum was awarded as a door prize, along with other items. A fabulous stuffed dinosaur/dragon donated by Linda Miller was presented to the Baker family for best costume – the entire family wore dino t-shirts!

Happy raffle winner.

Maggie and Merritt Carlton staffed the check-in table, with help from Roc Riemer. Debbi and Jerry Halfhill managed the information table, sold raffle tickets, and awarded prizes. Special thanks to Stacy Irvin who generously loaned equipment from the education room, to Boy Scout Troop 476, Ann Wozniak Director of Resource Development at JAG Nevada, and Josh Arredondo JAG Advisor at Western High School.

Thank you, JAG crew!

Thanks to all the attendees and volunteers for another successful presentation.

Here are more photos from the event:

The Baker kids hanging with the hanging vines.

The littlest dinosaur!

The dino donation box-asaurus.

The Friends are Two Years Old

Happy Anniversary to the Friends
Photo courtesy of Adi Goldstein. (CC BY-SA 2.0 License)

June 2018 was the two-year anniversary of the Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas! Our mission is to assist Nevada State Museum Las Vegas (NSMLV) programs and activities by volunteering, fundraising, and promoting community interest in the museum.

It has been a busy year.

We would like to acknowledge the following people and organizations who answered the Friends’ call and contributed to the continued success and interest in the museum:

Thanks again, everyone, and here’s to continuing successes!

Shae Smith Speaks About Preserve Nevada

By Cam Camburn

At the Friends’ meeting on July 19, Shae Smith Cox, Deputy Director of Preserve Nevada, presented an interesting synopsis about the work of this nonprofit organization.

Established in 2001 as a partnership with UNLV, Preserve Nevada is housed on the campus as part of the Department of History and the Public History Program. The Board of Directors' 13 members represent concerns from diverse parts of the state but share a common interest in Nevada’s preservation needs.

The “Winged Figures of the Republic” at Hoover Dam, created by artist Oskar J.W. Hansen was selected as the Preserve Nevada emblem. It conveys the mission of the organization: “to defend our historical heritages through networking, educational outreach and heritage education, and the creation of vibrant communities through preservation incentives and advocacy.”

The Winged Figures of the Republic.
Photo courtesy of Martin McKeay. (CC BY-SA 2.0 License)

Education outreach is one of the primary goals of Preserve Nevada and includes: partnering with the National Park Service, preparing lesson plans for students in kindergarten through high school, and linking with the Clark County School District for field trips.

Each year in April-May Preserve Nevada names Nevada’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The 2018-2019 list includes:

Shae suggested the following sources to find out more information about Preserve Nevada:

Karan Feder Book Signing at Charleston Library

Karan Feder, Guest Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas, discussed the history of the Folies Bergere at the West Charleston Library on July 17.

Her presentation included photos and anecdotes from her recently published book “The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas”. Karan reviewed the history of the Folies from its origin in Paris, France to its heyday in Las Vegas. 

The Friends of NSMLV helped staff this event. Special thanks to Norm Kresge, Mina Coy, Barbara Ciocca, and Pat Thacker for volunteering!

All events held at the museum and are free with paid admission or membership. No registration required unless otherwise noted. Friends general meetings are the 3rd Thurs. of month. The museum is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd., inside Springs Preserve, LV 89107
Sat August 4 1-5 pm Bug Detectives Education Room Family Summer Program
Thurs Aug 16 6-7 pm Those Dam Women - the Women that Helped Build the Hoover Dam Dennis McBride, Director NSMLV Friends General Meeting
Sat Aug 25 2-4 pm Preserving Archaeology through Photography Samantha Rubinson, State Historic Preservation Office Southern NV Archaeology Speaker Series

To see the complete schedule for the year, please go to our Events page.

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