The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park is hosting an array of fun, interactive events for the entire family throughout the month of September.
All events are open to the public and free of charge. The park is located at 500 E. Washington Ave. in Las Vegas.
September 6: Native American Visiting Artist Series
Guest artist Everett Pikyavit will demonstrate the art of basket weaving. Pikyavit is an accomplished Southern Paiute weaver, skilled in creating old twined forms such as hats, winnowing trays, and burden baskets. He is a master of designing and making the coiled bowls and plaques that were signature pieces of several Southern Paiute weavers.
WHEN: Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 6: Helen J. Steward Basket Exhibition - This finely crafted basket, on loan from the Nevada State Museum, was made by a Moapa Paiute weaver around 1910. Of the 550 baskets in Helen’s collection, this is the only one that has been kept by her family. The basket is an important piece of Nevada history and a stellar example of the traditions of Southern Paiute weaving. WHEN: Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 10: Farmer’s Market at the Old Fort - Join us as we host our first Farmer's Market at the Old Fort. Cowboy Trail Farms will offer a variety of fresh, succulent fruits and crisp vegetables for sale. WHEN: Wednesday, September 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
September 13: Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstration - Learn the basics of Dutch oven cooking and see for yourself how the pioneers cooked up delicious meals without electricity or gas. Participants may sample some of our favorite recipes. WHEN: Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 20: Build your own Dreamcatcher - Learn how to keep bad dreams at bay by making your own dreamcatcher, a traditional Native American craftwork decorated with feathers and beads. Supplies will be provided by the fort and all ages are welcome. WHEN: Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
September 27: Paper Boat Making Activity - Practice the art of origami, the traditional Japanese technique of folding paper, by building paper boats. Then race them down the creek to test their seaworthiness. Supplies will be provided by the fort and all ages are welcome.