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Carson City - Nevada State Museum - Current Events & Exhibits

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Apr 10, 2014 - Apr 26, 2014

FEATURED EXHIBITS

Our Nevada Stories: Objects Found in Time is on display in the North Changing Gallery; learn about state symbols and Nevada minerals, see a model of the State Capitol, discover a beautiful historic quilt, the first known specimen of the North American Ice Age cheetah, original American Indian art, and artifacts of historic value to people and communities.
Finding Frémont: Pathfinder of the West , our Nevada Sesquicentennial Exhibit, is on display through October 2014, in partnership with the Deschutes County Historical Society (Des Chutes Historical Museum), Bureau of Land Management (Oregon & Nevada), and U.S. Forest Service (Oregon, Nevada-California). Who was John C. Frémont? To some he was a villain, yet others see him as a hero and pioneer of Manifest Destiny who opened the West to settlement. Discover the legendary figure and discern his character for
yourself. See “the Frémont cannon,” the 1856 Frémont/Dayton presidential campaign flag, Frémont’s sword, original maps, 19th century surveying equipment, artifacts recovered from Frémont sites in OR and CA, and campsite photos by Loren Irving. Contact Gene Hattori: ghattori@nevadaculture.org or ext. 230.

PROGRAMS & SPECIAL EVENTS

April 2014

5 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Family Fun Saturday: Great Basin Young Chautauqua Celebrates Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. Experience the lives of John C. Frémont, Jedediah Strong Smith, Sarah Winnemucca, Mark Twain, Eilley Orrum Bowers, Wild Horse Annie, June Carter Cash, and Janis Joplin. Coordinator Anita Watson and UNR intern Lindsay Cook promise amazing performances by talented young actors/actresses. Tickets available starting at 9 am; seating limited to 80 persons. Contact Deborah: dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or ext. 237.

24 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: At Pyramid Lake, lecture and book signing by Bernard Mergen; discover the cultural history of Pyramid Lake and learn how it ties into the Frémont exhibit; lecture based upon a new book published by the University of Nevada Press. Mergen, who now lives in West Virginia, grew up near the lake’s shores in the 1940s and returned frequently over the years. He combines personal remembrances with source material from novels, poetry, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, and private conversations to paint a fascinating portrait of one of Nevada’s wonders. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Contact Deborah: dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or ext. 237.

25 10:00 am and 1:30 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tours in Natural History by George Baumgardner, PhD, featuring Plants and Animals of Nevada; for reservations, contact Deborah Stevenson at ext. 237.

25-26 10:30 am – noon & 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Demonstration of Coin Press
No. 1, by volunteer Ken Hopple in the Historic Carson City Mint building. Special minting in celebration of National Coin Week. From 8:45 am – noon, enjoy lectures, presentations, and “dollar exchange” for new coins by Reno Coin Club. Presentations include the Discovery and Restoration of Carson City Cancelled Dies by Ken Hopple, Personal Reflections on the Nevada Centennial by Rusty King & Dave Andrews, Coins of Constantine the Great by David Elliott, and the 50th Anniversary of
the Kennedy Half Dollar by Paul Williams. For more information, contact Robert Nylen: rnylen@nevadaculture.org or ext. 245.

May 2014

17 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Family Fun Saturday: Exploring Topographical Maps, ages ten and up. Discover how to read a topo map to plan hikes, understand the flow of water, and appreciate the rugged Nevada landscape; construct a hill using contour layers and learn how to read a compass. Enjoy a guided tour of the Frémont exhibit. Each activity lasts 30 minutes. Contact Deborah Stevenson at ext. 237.

22 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: On the Frémont Trail, lecture and special music by John Wilusz, a member of the Frémont Howitzer Recovery Team. Celebrate Archaeological Awareness & Historic Preservation Month by following the explorations of John C. Frémont and the mystery behind his famous cannon. Doors open at

6:00 pm. Contact Deborah Stevenson at ext. 237.

30 10:00 am and 1:30 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tours in Natural History by George Baumgardner, PhD, featuring Plants and Animals of Nevada; for reservations, contact Deborah Stevenson at ext. 237.

30 10:30 am – noon & 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Demonstration of Coin Press
No. 1, by volunteer Ken Hopple in the Historic Carson City Mint building. For more information, contact Robert Nylen at ext. 245.

June 2014

26 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: The History of Nature Journaling by Nevada artist and naturalist Sharon Schafer. Learn how naturalists record their observations though notes and sketches to make a lasting connection to the natural world and how the science of journaling has evolved into an art form all its own. Doors open at 6 pm. For more information contact Deborah at ext. 237.

27 10:00 am and 1:30 pm: Behind-the-Scenes Tours in Natural History by George Baumgardner, PhD, featuring
Plants and Animals of Nevada; for reservations, contact Deborah Stevenson at ext. 237.

27 10:30 am – noon & 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Demonstration of Coin Press
No. 1, by volunteer Ken Hopple in the Historic Carson City Mint building. For more information, contact Robert Nylen at ext. 245.

28 10:00 – 3:00 pm: Family Fun Saturday: Nature Journaling. Learn how to observe and appreciate the natural world through nature journaling. Professional wildlife artist and naturalist, Sharon Schafer will share her secrets and teach you simple techniques to start your own journal of field notes and sketches. 30 minute sessions; ages 8 and up; choose your time slot. Tickets are available starting at 9 am. Contact Deborah: dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or ext. 237.

29 10:00 – 3:00 pm: Field Sketching for adults, by Sharon Schafer, limit 12. Learn how to see the natural world with fresh eyes and record your observations using field sketching techniques. Schafer will share her talent and passion for her two loves: art and nature. Her excellence as a wildlife painter has been recognized by both the international Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation. $35 fee includes materials.

Contact Deborah: dstevenson@nevadaculture.org or ext. 237


 

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