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Learn about early Nevada this April at Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

In 1855, a group of Mormon missionaries built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek and farmed the area that would later become part of downtown Las Vegas. Today, the fort is a state park that includes a remnant of the original adobe fort and interpretive displays. Nevada history programs are scheduled through April and are listed below. For more information, contact the park, 702-486-3511 or email OldFort@parks.nv.gov. For more about Nevada, see www.travelnevada.com.

APRIL 7: Old Spanish Trail History
Meet and listen to Old Spanish Trail Expert Ashley Hall as he tells stories and offers facts about life along this very historic trail.
WHEN: Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to noon.
WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

APRIL 21: Helen J. Stewart Birthday Tea Party
Join park staff, friends and volunteers to we celebrate the life of Helen J. Stewart, known as “the first lady of Las Vegas.” There will be afternoon snacks and activities for people of all ages, as well as a Helen J. Stewart interpreter.
WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

APRIL 21: Soldiers of the Fort’s Historical Timeline
Watch re-enactors portray the life of soldiers and civilians across a variety of historical eras, from ancient Rome through World War II. There will be displays, soldiers in uniform and photo opportunities.  More information is available at www.snlha.org.
WHEN: Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

APRIL 28: Civil War Family Program
Dress up and drill as a Civil War soldier portraying either the North or South, and participate in a mock battle. Women also can dress in period attire. Great activity aimed for kids. Be sure to bring your camera.
WHEN: Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Las Vegas.

  • Posted by Chris Moran on April 02nd, 2012