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Come Join Us for Some Wine Tasting At Our Event A Taste of Red and White on May 4!


Whether you are a wine connoisseur or not, A Taste of Red and White will be enchanting. It includes a pop-up exhibit of an eclectic selection of red and white artifacts curated by the museum team. We will offer samples of red and white wines. You don't need to be wine savvy to have a great time at this event.

You must be 21 or older to attend.

100% of the funds raised will be donated to the education programs at the museum.

General admission tickets are only $20, $35/pair, $25 per person on event day. Purchase your tickets here.

Lost City Museum Director Visits NSMLV

Lost City Museum
The Lost City Museum

Mary Beth Timm is the Director of the Lost City Museum in Overton, NV. She spoke at the Friends of NSMLV April meeting. Timm described the unique creation of the Lost City Museum and the focus of its exhibits and research.

The museum was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It is the oldest building continually used as a museum in Nevada. It was built to store and display artifacts from prehistoric Native American ruins in the Moapa Valley area. Artifacts were excavated between 1924-present.

The Lost City went through waves of settlement and abandonment. The museum has fabulous collections of pottery and baskets from multiple periods of settlement. You can see examples from the collections on display at the museum.

Pottery on exhibit at the Lost City Museum

There are active research projects at Lost City. One of them is to create a Finder's Guide to keep track of all the locations where Lost City artifacts are located. Lost City Museum does not house all the artifacts found in the area. Some of them are at Lost City, some are in the Smithsonian, and some are in the Autry Museum of the Southwest.

Lost City is working with UNLV on 3-D imaging of the museum's collections. Click here for an impressive demonstration!

DNA analysis is helping portray the people of Lost City. Lumps of tobacco and mescal (quids) that have been chewed by prehistoric people were found in the Moapa Valley. Analyzing the DNA of dried saliva in the quids gives insight into the ancestry of the people living in the valley.

Timm invites everyone to visit Lost City! Check here for hours and the address.

Intern Spotlight: Kalie Cole Stramaglio

Kalie Cole Stramaglio, age 24 and the youngest of three, is a native Las Vegan with Muscogee Creek and Italian heritage. She attended Spring Valley High School and received her Associates of Arts degree at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). She decided to pursue graphic design, and "UNLV seemed like the natural choice, as I've always felt that Vegas is the best place to be; it's exciting and electric. I love my hometown." As a result, she is currently completing her Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design and Media, while participating in the graphic design internship program at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

Intern Kalie
NSMLV Intern Kalie Cole Stramaglio

In Kalie's spare time, she loves singing and attending as many concerts as possible, working on different creative projects, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her dog, Honey. "I tend to get bored when there's nothing to do so I'm always wanting to get out and be active." After graduation, her biggest goal is to get her first design job and create art that moves people in one way or another. Graphic design has always been about evoking emotion for Kalie, and she is excited to get to work!

While at the Museum, Kalie worked very closely with the UNLV Intern team on reorganizing educational materials used in the school programs, designing label and backdrop designs for new and existing exhibits, and rebranding the Friends of NSMLV. When asked about her museum experience, Kalie was struck with wonder when entering the exhibits for the first time. "The whole experience took me back to being in grade school on a field trip. I think there is something magical about still being able to learn new things about our history, and I feel like the NSMLV is a great place to do that. I felt very fortunate to be able to work with all the staff."

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
Sun May 4 2-4 pm A Taste of Red and White Join the Friends and taste some great wines and view some great artifacts. Friends event
Thu May 16 6 pm Friends General Meeting Alisha Kerlin, interim executive director of the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, will speak. Friends event
Sat May 18 2-4 pm Archaeology Talk Spencer Lodge will discuss "The Original Slow Cooker: Prehistoric Roasting Pit Use Within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge" Museum event
Sat May 25 2-4 pm Book Signing Photographer Fred Sigman's latest book, Motel Vegas, is featured with a panel discussion. Museum event
Sat Jun 1 1-5 pm Summer Family Program How did sleepy Carson City become the capital of Nevada? Learn that and more when we take a virtual trip to our capital city. Museum event for children

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

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