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FACT SHEET FINAL NEVADA 150 LEGACY PROJECT DEDICATIONS

Today Governor Brian Sandoval and members of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission dedicated the two final legacy projects: the Incense Cedar planted in front of the Nevada State Capitol and the Nevada 150 Permanent Exhibit. The Calocedrus decurrens tree, more commonly known as the Incense Cedar, has been planted on the grounds of the Nevada State Capitol in honor of the Sesquicentennial. The tree is found predominantly in the western United States and will grow to a height of between 130-200... Read More

Governor Sandoval Dedicates Permanent Nevada 150 Exhibit During Multifaceted Ceremony at Nevada State Capitol

Carson City, Nev. – The Nevada 150 Exhibit has completed its journey. Gov. Brian Sandoval and members of the Nevada 150 Commission welcomed the Sesquicentennial Exhibit to its permanent home today at the Nevada State Capitol where artifacts showcasing the year-long celebration of Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood will be on display just in time for Nevada Day 2015. In addition, a Sesquicentennial tree, planted on the Capitol grounds, was dedicated as a legacy project of the celebration. “The dedication... Read More

Nevada 150 Foundation Historical Marker Legacy Project Completed in Record Time Governor Sandoval Officially Unveils New Historical Marker Locations

Carson City, Nev. – The Historical Marker Legacy Project, a part of Nevada’s year-long Sesquicentennial celebration of the State’s admission to the Union through more than 500 official, signature and legacy events, has been completed in record time thanks to the work of the Nevada 150 Commission, YESCO and other community partners. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the replacement of 116 historical markers throughout Nevada during an unveiling ceremony today at Historic Marker 40 – The Meadows – located within... Read More

Nevada 150 Exhibit on Display for Limited Time at Northeastern Nevada Museum

Reno, Nev. – Nevada’s Sesquicentennial year may have ended but it is still being honored in an exhibit that will be featured in the Northeastern Nevada Museum. Artifacts from the year-long celebration are currently on display until September 2015. “I’m so happy this exhibit is making its way to Elko,” said Don Newman Elko Convention and Visitors Authority executive director and Nevada 150 Commissioner. “Elko truly embraced the yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration last year and the exquisite saddle, handmade right here... Read More

Nevada 150 Foundation Releases Final Report

Reno, Nev. – The Nevada 150 Foundation recently completed its final report on behalf of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission detailing the yearlong celebration. The report features photos and stories from throughout the year including details about fundraising, legacy projects, events, media coverage, partnerships with Nevadans, and much more. The final report is available on the Nevada 150 website for download. “From Nevada Day 2013 to Nevada’s 150th Birthday on October 31, 2014, Nevadans from all over the state came together... Read More

Roger Ludemann – Red Rockholm’s Nevada Story

My uncle, Red Rockholm, was born of Danish immigrant parents on a small farm in North Central Nebraska. He developed a desire to travel at a very early age and after some beginning studies at a college in Nebraska “rode the rails” to Nevada in the 1930’s. He and his three brothers made their way west with wanderlust in their eyes and a love of the great outdoors. He found employment helping build the Sugar Bowl ski resort and eventually... Read More

Tony Mendez – Native Nevadan Tony Mendez a National Hero and Inspiration for Argo

Native Nevadan Tony Mendez a National Hero and Inspiration for Argo By Amanda Mendez Tony Mendez is a retired CIA officer, an author and an award-winning painter with an international reputation. He lives and works in his studios and gallery on his forty-acre farm in rural Maryland. Tony has been a painter since his childhood growing up in Nevada. Whether living in Eureka, Denver, in Washington, D.C., where he spent a good part of his career, or assigned overseas in... Read More

NV 150 Time Capsule, Veterans Plaque

MEDIA ADVISORY WHAT: Final meeting, Nevada 150 time capsule ceremony and Veteran’s Memorial plaque unveiling WHEN: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 1:00 p.m. WHERE: Nevada State Capitol Front lawn 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev. There are several events Monday, Dec. 15 to conclude the Sesquicentennial. Beginning at 1 p.m. Governor Brian Sandoval, Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki and the Nevada 150 Commission will celebrate the Sesquicentennial with a time capsule ceremony on the front lawn of the Capitol. After the... Read More

Destiny Sunday – 5th Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Destiny Sunday, 7th Grade, Ely Learning Bridge, Ely “All for Our Country” Nevada’s state motto “All for Our Country” is very mysterious. There is no form of documentation on who or why the person came up with it. All we can do as citizens of Nevada, is wonder, “What does our state motto mean?” or “How did the person come up with “All for Our Country”?” Well, this isn’t about wondering “Why?” it’s about how we earned the motto, “All... Read More

Lennox Purinton – 4th Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Lennox Purinton, 7th Grade, Ely Learning Bridge, Ely ‘ALL FOR OUR COUNTRY’ By Lennox Purinton Nevada’s motto, “All for our Country”, has always been on the state seal, but no one knows its origin. Nevada became a state during the Civil War and right before the presidential election in 1864. On July 4, 1864 the Constitutional Convention met in Carson City (Carson City is now Nevada’s Capitol, where the Governor resides and the State Legislature meets) a year after the... Read More

Michael Pero – 3rd Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Michael Pero, 7th Grade, Southern Highlands Preparatory School, Las Vegas The interesting thing about the state of Nevada is that “All for Our Country” wasn’t our first state motto. The first motto for our state was “Volens et Potens” which is Latin for “Willing and Able”. This motto suggested that as a state we were willing and able to do anything for our country. In 1866, the motto was changed to “All for Our Country” and it makes me believe... Read More

Vanessa Hernandez – 2nd Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Vanessa Hernandez, 8th Grade, Swainston Middle School, North Las Vegas Nevada State Motto-“All for Our Country” “All for Our Country” is Nevada’s unique motto expressing that they would do anything to serve their country. Nevada became a state, which lead to the development of this specific motto, using this motto there are ways in which we can improve our states and help make our world a better place. “All for Our Country” has been symbolizing Nevada ever since it became... Read More

Sydney Lin – 1st Place Middle School Essay Contest Winner

Sydney Lin, 6th Grade, Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas All for Our Country Our state motto: is it “Battle Born”? “The Silver State”? “Volens et Potens”? Nope, none of those run-of-the-mill phrases are considered to be our official state motto.  Nevada’s state motto is “All for our country” and, as Nevadans, we should be proud of what we do to make Nevada a great state. It was on February 24, 1866 that Nevada’s state legislature officially changed the motto on the seal to... Read More

Zachary LeBlanc – 5th Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Fifth Place Name: Zachary LeBlanc

Kaylee Vazquez – 4th Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Fourth Place Name: Kaylee Vazquez Grade: 2nd

Isaiah K. Leist – 3rd Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Third Place Name: Isaiah K. Leist Grade: 3rd  

Benjamin Anclara – 2nd Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

Second Place Name: Benjamin Anclara Grade: 2nd

Amanda Cooper – 1st Place Sesquicentennial Poster Contest Winner

First Place Name: Amanda Cooper Grade: 3rd    

Tristan Graney – 5th Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Tristan Graney, 11th Grade, Nevada Learning Academy, Las Vegas “The Eyes of Service” His eyes are a prideful road map of a state’s rich history, twinkling in the sunlight and filled with decade’s worth of memories and wonder about a place he loves dearly. At 80 years old, Fred Miller defines America and its sense of nationalistic values. He sat there one humid fall morning, at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in Boulder City, Nevada, a man who served his country... Read More

Dawn Dabler – 4th Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Dawn Dabler, 11th Grade, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno “All For Our Country” Nevada is often recognized by its well-known Seal, which represents the various aspects of Nevada’s history. It is composed of mountains, a quartz mill, the sunshine, a silver miner, agriculture, a train, and many more. In a golden banner across the bottom, the words “All for Our Country” are shown. These words carry a great deal of significance about Nevada’s past and present opportunity to enhance... Read More

Christina Henney – 3rd Place High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Christina Henney, 11th Grade, Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas All for Our Country The Nevada state motto “All for Our Country” in a nutshell means we support the country no matter what. The motto goes way back to February 24, 1866 just after the Civil War in which Nevada legislature met to change it from the original motto “Willing and Able.” The motto comes just after the Civil War finished showing Nevada’s desire to support a strong Federal Union.... Read More

Isabel Spaugh – 2nd High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Isabel Spaugh, 11th Grade, Shadow Ridge High School, North Las Vegas “All for Our Country” There is much confusion about Nevada’s state motto. Most people think it is “Battle Born,” when it is actually “All for our Country.” The time when Nevada was made a state plays a key part in the confusion and decision of why the state motto is what it is. The motto “All for Our Country,” was written in 1866. On February 25, 1866, the Nevada... Read More

Victoria Maged – 1st High School Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Winner

Victoria Maged, 11th Grade, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno All for Our Country Many people like to say that Nevada is a small state with not a lot of activities for them to pursue. However, others stand strong with Nevada because “Home means Nevada to [us]” and it is “The loveliest place [we] know” as stated in the state song. The inhabitants of this state are proud to be able to live in a place filled with beautiful animals,... Read More

Spenser Close – 5th Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Spenser Close, 5th Grade, The Meadows School The motto became legal in February of 1866. The Nevada Legislature changed the motto on the seal to “All for Our Country” replacing the motto “Volens et Potens.” The motto means that Nevadans would give some of its allegiance to the United States. Many believe that without the Civil War that the territory would not have become a state. President Lincoln needed the support of Nevada, and so the push to make Nevada... Read More

Alex Frazier – 4th Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Alex Frazier, 5th Grade, The Meadows School All for Our Country Nevada’s old motto “Willing and Able” was officially replaced on February 24, 1866 by the new motto “All for Our Country.” The motto “All for Our Country” means that Nevada would give all its allegiance to the United States of America, which means we will give all our devotion to our country. Nevada became the thirty-sixth state to show support and loyalty to the Union and President Lincoln during... Read More

Mary Harris – 3rd Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Mary Harris, 4th Grade, McMillan Elementary School Did you know that our state motto is “All for Our Country” and it means “Willing and Able?” Well that means that Nevada is a free country. In 1864 Abraham Lincoln wanted to be re-elected president but he had competition and his name was General George McClellan. Lincoln was voted president. He also freed slaves. My plan to have a better community is that everyone follow the rules and get along with each... Read More

Talia Schonfeld – 2nd Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Talia Schonfeld, 5th Grade, The Meadows School Nevada earned the motto “All for Our Country” on February 24, 1866. On that date, the Nevada Legislature officially changed the Nevada State motto from “Volens et Potens” which meant “Willing and Able” to “All for Our Country”. The motto appears on the bottom of the Nevada State seal on a yellow banner surrounded by thirty-six stars which represent Nevada as the thirty-sixth state to join the Union. Although there is no historical... Read More

Samuel Goodman – 1st Place Elementary Essay Contest Winner

Samuel Goodman, 5th Grade, The Meadows School Nevada’s motto “All for Our Country” was adopted on February 24, 1866, replacing the motto “Volens et Potens”, which can be translated to “Willing and Able”. This motto reflects the patriotic vehemence of Nevadans throughout their history. This motto also portrays justice, dedication, and Nevada being a great state in a great country. It also reflects back on the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, two major parts of the United States history. This slogan,... Read More

Nevada 150 Commission Announces World Record for Nevada

Today, the Nevada 150 Commission received official verification that Nevada has set the record for the “Most People Singing A State Song at Once” with 45,553 Nevadans participating. As one of the celebrations’ culminating events, #NevadaSings provided Nevadans an opportunity to join together throughout the state to demonstrate our state pride by singing a rendition of “Home Means Nevada.”  And we did!  Nevadans entered their video or photo proof singing with co-workers, friends, family, schools and businesses at more than... Read More

Mary Manning – Under the Mushroom Cloud

Our nuclear family — father, mother, brother and I — moved from Marlboro, Massachusetts to Las Vegas, Nevada in July 1954. We looked and sounded like odd ducks to the folks living in our new neighborhood on the edge of Southern Nevada’s  vast desert. Today our old neighborhood is part of the center of the city, but in those days, people rode horseback in our backyard, Red Rock Canyon provided a spectacular view and an occasional white flash, brighter than... Read More

Sales of Final Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallion Series

Last Chance to Order Sesquicentennial Medallions Click to Tweet: Sales of NV 150 medallion series nearing end. Limited sets now available. #NV150 #NevadaProud Carson City, Nev. – The Nevada 150 Commission announces the final sales of the popular Nevada Sesquicentennial medallions. There are three opportunities for Nevadans to purchase or complete a set of the series of four medallions that have been produced throughout the year. Sales of the fourth medallion featuring the Great Basin National Park will end Friday,... Read More

Roger Ludemann – Nebraskan Loves Nevada

It was late summer 1964 that my mother decided to visit her four brothers who lived around Lake Tahoe and take us three kids with her to experience it. We grew up on a small ranch in north central Nebraska and this would be the biggest trip we had ever taken. All of our uncles grew up on the ranch, but relocated to Nevada and Lake Tahoe. The Union Pacific “City of Los Angeles” took us to Ogden, Utah where... Read More

Marshall Andrew Crawford – A Story from the Bank: Terrenzio

His name was Terrenzio Domenicucci, a man from Italy who, though he did not make a big splash in life as measured by some, did give Daddy the Banker more than his share to others; much more than he received in reward. Unfortunately, I may have forgotten just where he came from in Italy. I think it was Genoa or Lucca, where most of the immigrants living in the Mason Valley, Nevada area seem to have come from. Anyway, it... Read More

Vida Grace Jacobsen Crawford – Vida’s Memory of Living in the Thirties

There is one particular incident of growing up on a cattle ranch in eastern Nevada that I remember clearly. During our high school years, to complete our education, the Jacobsen children had to move to the town of Eureka, which was 30 miles away by dirt road. Thirty miles now is thought of as just a short spin on the free-way. In 1937 this trip to town to get back to school could have cost us our lives. We had... Read More

#NevadaSings – Nevada to Set Record for Most People in an American State to Sing their State Song at the Same Time

WHAT: #NevadaSings – Nevada to Set Record for Most People in an American State to Sing their State Song at the Same Time WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 10 a.m. WHERE: Various Locations Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki invites fellow Nevadans to join him, Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada 150 Commission for #NevadaSings, a state-wide simultaneous sing along of “Home Means Nevada.”  On Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., Nevadans will join together to demonstrate their state pride by singing... Read More

Nevada 150 Pumpkin Stencil

Nevada became the 36th State to join the Union 150 years ago on October 31, 1864, in Nevada this date is mostly known as Nevada Day but in other parts of the country its known as Halloween. In honor of Nevada Day and Halloween we have created a special pumpkin carving stencil that honors Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of its statehood. This special pumpkin carving stencil features the Battle Born – Nevada Proud motto is available for download for free and... Read More

Brown: Nevada is a haven for dreamers, doers

Bob Brown | Reno Gazette Journal | Read original article When did you become a Nevadan? Birth? Forty years ago? Last year? Most Nevadans come from somewhere else and are often instead asked how long we’ve lived in Nevada. There is a difference. As we celebrate 150 years of statehood, we ponder what it means to be a Nevadan. Some would self-identify with a smaller community — north or south or rural Nevada. Others might self-select as native or adopted... Read More

Nevada Army National Guard Flyover to Kick Off Las Vegas’ Official Nevada Day Parade Commemorating the Silver State’s 150th Birthday

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Las Vegas Carson City, Nev. – Las Vegas’ first and only Nevada Day Parade will have spectators along the historic 4th Street parade route looking to the sky as the Nevada Army National Guard kicks off the event with a Black Hawk helicopter flyover which will then be followed by five giant, up to 45-feet-high, helium balloons as part of the more than 150 entries confirmed to help close out the... Read More

Former Nevada Governors Serve as Grand Marshals for Las Vegas’ Official Nevada Day Parade Commemorating the Silver State’s 150th Birthday

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Las Vegas Carson City, Nev. – Las Vegas’ first and only Nevada Day Parade is helping close out the yearlong celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday with the assistance of a few special Grand Marshals. Former Nevada Governors Robert List, Bob Miller and Senator Richard Bryan will lead the parade on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Las Vegas. As the capstone in Southern Nevada to the yearlong celebration commemorating... Read More

NV 150 Events Scheduled Nevada Day Weekend

Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State over Nevada Day weekend. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Join together in song with Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, , the Nevada 150 Commission and the rest of the state of Nevada for #NevadaSings!, a simultaneous sing along of “Home Means Nevada” on... Read More

Sharon J. Heher – Fine Artist / Owner of Fire and Water Studio

I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Later that year, I married Gregory G. Radig on October thirty-first, Nevada Day. Greg and I met at UNLV’s Art Department’s Pottery Studio. I have worked in many artistic capacities and in different mediums: clay, stained glass, costume and interior design, illustrative, graphic and fine art design jobs. I have created and exhibited my work in one woman shows and displayed at various galleries. I... Read More

Order Your Nevada 150th Birthday Commemorative License Plates

Enter to win a license plate in the DMV photo contest Click to Tweet: Have you been waiting to get your #NV150 license plate? Make sure to get it soon to show your state pride on Oct 31. Info on Nevada150.org. Reno, Nev. – Those new blue license plates with the battle born emblem seem to be a more common site in parking lots in Nevada these days. That’s no surprise to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles which is... Read More

Nevada 150 Pony Express Delivery

WHAT: Nevada 150 Pony Express Delivery WHEN: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 3:30 p.m. – Proclamation Delivery WHERE: Nevada State Capitol South Steps 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev. On Friday, Oct. 17, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki will be on hand to accept a special delivery from Pony Express riders at 3:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Nevada State Capitol Building. In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the White Pine, Eureka, Lander, and Churchill County Commissions have each issued... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held at the end of October

Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of October. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Oct. 16 through 30. The Vegas Valley Book Festival, Nevada’s largest literary festival, will take place Oct. 16 – 18 in Las Vegas, NV. For the last thirteen years, the festival has served as a celebration of written, spoken, and... Read More

Celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial with #NevadaSings!

Reno, Nev. – Today Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced one of the final Sesquicentennial initiatives and invited fellow Nevadans to join him, Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada 150 Commission for #NevadaSings, a state-wide simultaneous sing along of “Home Means Nevada.” On Thursday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m., Nevadans will join together to demonstrate their state pride by singing a rendition of “Home Means Nevada” in an attempt to set a record for the most people in an American state... Read More

Tinker Evans – Home Means Nevada

I am a third generation Nevadan raised in Smoky Valley. My mother was raised on a ranch here and my father was raised in Fallon. My children and grandchildren all live in Nevada. Our history is a reflection of the self sufficient, hardy (and stubborn?) reputation for which Nevadans have been noted. My mother, who is 82 years old and raised five daughters, says we’re adaptable. I think that’s a good trait. As children, we learned real quick not to... Read More

Statewide Announcement to Mark Nevada’s 150 Celebration

WHAT: Statewide Announcement to Mark Nevada’s 150 Celebration WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 10 a.m. WHERE: The Guinn Room 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev. Grant Sawyer Building Governor’s Conference Room 555 E. Washington Avenue, Las Vegas, Nev. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and the Nevada 150 commission will make an announcement inviting all Nevadans to participate in a statewide activity on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. The announcement will be made during the commission’s monthly... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout October

Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of October. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Oct. 1 through 15. Celebrate 150 Years of Education in Nevada this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the historic Glendale Schoolhouse in Victorian Square in Sparks. “Mark Twain” will be joined by State and local... Read More

NV 150 Corn Mazes Featured Across Northern Nevada

Reno, Nev. – In celebration of Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood, several locally owned farms have transformed their corn fields into intricate Sesquicentennial themed corn mazes. Tours will be at various times throughout September, October and November. Six different Nevada farms will host a wide array of activities and games including corn mazes, petting zoos, pumpkin patches, prizes, and more. Renner Farm Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is open from 1-9 p.m. through the beginning of November. The farm will... Read More

J.M. Capriola Co. Designs Nevada 150 Commemorative Saddle Sesquicentennial Saddle to Tour Nevada

Elko, Nev. – Many commemorative pieces have been created in the past year in celebration of Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood but the Sesquicentennial Saddle, a legacy project, showcases craftsmanship from one of the oldest professions. Leather and saddle craftsman Armondo Delgado, of J.M. Capriola Co., spent roughly 600 hours hand crafting the one of a kind saddle and Nevada silversmith Mark Dahl, designed and created the silver work. The Capriola Weatherly, 6 flower hand crafted saddle features a full... Read More

All-Star Concert at The Smith Center Highlight of Nevada 150 Birthday Celebration

Carson City, Nev. – In an extraordinary show of Nevada pride and camaraderie artists, entertainers and celebrities who call the Silver State home came together last night at The Smith Center to celebrate the Nevada Sesquicentennial with a star-studded concert before a sold-out crowd, which included Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other dignitaries. It was a rare evening in Las Vegas where the best from throughout the state performed in the ultimate variety concert including Cirque... Read More

Governor Sandoval Announces Second Annual Poster and Essay Contest: 2014 Theme “All For Our Country”

Carson City, Nev. – As part of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration Gov. Brian Sandoval has announced the fourth annual statewide poster and essay contest for Nevada school children. This year’s theme will celebrate Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood with the state motto “All for Our Country.” The contest, which is open to all Nevada school children, grades K through 12, in district, charter, private or home schools, includes four categories depending on grade level. Students in kindergarten through third grades should... Read More

Trudi and Mary Mcallister – Thank you to Old Washoe Estates’ Quiet Heroes

January 19th, 2012, an 80 mph fire storm blew through Washoe Valley and continued north toward Reno. In Old Washoe Estates, we lost five homes to the devastating fire. Most of the 49 other homes here also sustained significant damage in one way or another. Roofs, fences, yards, trees, shrubbery, landscaping and homes were damaged, as well as our surrounding fields of common area. Every homeowner has a story about that fire. It occurred mid-day and many were not at... Read More

Trudi Martin – WWII Veteran and long time Nevada Resident

Trudi Martin is 96 years old. She was a WWII veteran in the Navy, serving in Pearl Harbor. A Navy nurse, a surgical nurse, she was sent to Pearl Harbor to help rebuild the Naval hospital that was destroyed during the bombing. She was a Charge nurse and patched up many of our wounded military men. She was there 4 years and tells many stories of bravery and courage. We have a film of her and her fellow nurses, filling... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout September

Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of September. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Sept. 15 through 30. In celebration of 150 years of statehood, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno honors the “Battle Born” state with a significant exhibition detailing the journey toward October 31, 1864. The 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from... Read More

The Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed Harley-Davidson® to make appearance at National Championship Air Races this weekend in Reno

WHAT: The Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed Harley-Davidson® to make appearance at National Championship Air Races this weekend in Reno WHEN:Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014  Welcome Ceremonies with Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki – Friday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. WHERE:  National Championship Air Races Reno, Nev. The one-of-a-kind Nevada-Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle, signed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, will be introduced to northern Nevada at the National Championship Air Races during welcoming ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. Throughout the weekend,... Read More

Tod Jennings – I Met the Mayor!

It was while I was on temporary duty in the 4402nd Recon Squadron (Provisional),  King Fahd AB, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that I learned what would be my last assignment in the USAF. Another headquarters, this time the United States European Command located in Vahingen, Germany. Vaihingen is located just outside of Stuttgart. I reported in June of 1995 and during the in-processing, I signed up for an opportunity to meet the mayor of Stuttgart, Manfred Rommel – son... Read More

Winning Design Unveiled for Fourth Sesquicentennial Medallion

Nevadans choose Great Basin National Park medallion design Click to Tweet: Great Basin National Park announced by @Nevada_150 as winning medallion design as voted on by Nevadans. #NevadaProud #NV150 Carson City, Nev. – Today,Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Kirk Clausen from Wells Fargo, the official sponsor of the medallion program, joined the Nevada 150 Commission and special guests, to reveal the design and strike Nevada’s fourth and final sesquicentennial silver medallion for the State’s 150th birthday celebration.... Read More

Rick Watson – Education History of Southern Nevada

I began my career with the Clark County School District in August of 1964 at Ruby Thomas Elementary School. During that year we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of Statehood. Among other things the teachers were supplied with three paperback books as resources for teaching Nevada History and as an aide in participating in the 100th anniversary celebration. To see a good collection of historic photos, and documentation of the history of education in Southern Nevada from the days of... Read More

Kent Lancaster – The Lancaster and Hall Families in Gold Hill Nevada – Part Two

As mentioned in Part One of this story my father, Gordon Lancaster, wrote his account of the Lancaster and Hall families and their time in Nevada all from memory. He was 58 years of age when he wrote this portion of the family history from his home in Piedmont, California. But he clearly had a vision of mining towns and deserts when he sat at the typewriter. He wrote “The Sutro Tunnel, the mine accidents and rescues and like stories... Read More

Event application submission deadline Sept. 12

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout September Event application submission deadline Sept. 12 Carson City, Nev. – The deadline to submit applications for Official and Signature Nevada 150 events will be 5:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Over 400 events have been held across the Silver State since Nevada Day 2013, in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, with many more ahead. To submit an event application please visit www.Nevada150.org. For questions or additional information please contact Scott Carey, events and community relations manager,... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Fourth Medallion First Strike Ceremony and Design Reveal

WHAT : Nevada Sesquicentennial Fourth Medallion First Strike Ceremony and Design Reveal WHEN : Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014  3:00 p.m. – Media and Special Guests Viewing WHERE : Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev.   On Wednesday, Sept. 3, Gov. Brian Sandoval, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and Kirk Clausen from Wells Fargo, the official sponsor of the medallion program, will be joined by the Nevada 150 Commission and special guests, to reveal the design and strike... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Union Pacific Battle Born Express – Heritage Train Ride

WHAT:                 Nevada Sesquicentennial Union Pacific Battle Born Express – Heritage Train Ride WHEN:                 Thursday, Aug. 28 – Saturday, Aug. 30 WHERE:               Various locations throughout northern Nevada. Please see below for details. The Union Pacific Battle Born Express – Heritage Train will travel through northern Nevada, Aug. 28-30 in celebration of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. The three-day event highlights Union Pacific’s significant role in Nevada’s journey to statehood and the heritage of the Silver State. Gov. Brian Sandoval and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki... Read More

Kerryn Ferneyhough – Where the Sun Always Shines

Photo by lovelifeandtravel “Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning our final descent into Reno.” It’s the same each time I come home. Regardless of where I’ve been in the world, the butterflies start their dance as I silently rejoice. I smile to myself as the monotonous landscape begins to morph into regions of recognition. There’s nothing quite like coming home. Home: a city so familiar you find yourself tracing street routes in your head to coax yourself to sleep. It’s... Read More

Katarzyna Kochany – Video: High Desert Interviews

Official Nevada 150 event 9th annual High Desert Film Festival, hosted a number of guests including daughter of Twilight Zone creator Anne Serling (author of the book “As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling”), filmmakers from New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and USA.  Events included movie screenings, black tie gala, poker tournament and a closing BBQ where New Zealand filmmaker Ben Woollen played guitar with a local band Lynn Peterson & The Phatt Kattz. To see highlights and interviews... Read More

Yvonne Sullivan – Historical Clothing

I have been a civil war re-enactor in Northern Nevada for the last 10 years. I research and create 1860’s clothing to wear to events and share with others. Currently, our local museum has a collection of my 1860 reproduction clothing on display, in Yerington at the Lyon County Museum. We set up the display around a throw blanket depicting the state of Nevada in the 1860’s. Four (4) of my gowns and all the accoutrements and undergarments are on... Read More

Bill Pyatt – Viet Nam is going on and I get a Nevada Highway magazine at mail call

In the heat of battle and someone calls “Mail Call.” I received from my brother a Nevada Highway magazine, the year 1964 which was Nevada’s 100 birthday. I’m sitting here now and looking at that same magazine. It is a little worn from me reading it and wishing I was home. I have carried that publication with me for the last 50 years. What was in it? Information about Mason and Smith Valley, which told about the farming and cattle... Read More

Greg Campbell – Pleased to be sharing a birthday with Nevada as well

I found my way to Northern Nevada some twenty-odd years ago. Originally, I’m from Northern Illinois from a small town not far from the Nevada Township (they don’t pronounce it correctly, though). In fact, my dad’s family lived there for a time, although today it’s pretty much just a cemetery overgrown with weeds. I’ve also lived in New York and Florida, but I was meant to call Nevada home — because we have the same birthday: October 31, 1964. I’m... Read More

Sale of Third Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallion Ends August 26

Carson City, Nev. –Sales of the third Nevada Sesquicentennial medallion will end Aug. 26, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The medallion is the third in the series of four being produced throughout the year. The third medallion features some of the Silver State’s legendary landmarks including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the Reno Arch and Wendover Will. Last month, Lt. Gov. and Nevada 150 Chairman Brian Krolicki invited Nevada students to participate in choosing the design. Over 200 classes... Read More

Nevada 150th Yearlong Birthday Celebration Ramps Up with Key Signature Events

Sept. 22 All-Star Concert at The Smith Center Among Special Events Leading Up to Nevada Day 2014 Carson City, Nev. – The Smith Center will celebrate the Nevada Sesquicentennial with a concert event showcasing the Silver State’s very own entertainment featuring extraordinary performers from all around the state on Monday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Hall inside The Smith Center.  The star-studded event will feature artists, entertainers and celebrities who all call Nevada home. The... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout August

Carson City, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and help bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 15 through Aug. 31. Enjoy a show under the stars during the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor State Park in Incline Village, Nev. July 11-Aug. 23. Pack a picnic dinner or dine at the Festival’s al fresco... Read More

William Puchert – Nevada State Tartan

“Nevada” was designated the official state tartan of Nevada by act of the Nevada State Legislature in 2001 NRS (235.130). Designed by Richard Zygmunt Pawlowski, the colors of the tartan are symbols for: Blue – represents one of the state colors of Nevada, the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and the mountain bluebird, the official state bird. Silver – represents the other state color, the official state mineral, the granite composition of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the silver country... Read More

Katarzyna Kochany – Strange Things Happen In Nevada

Excerpt from “Strange Things Happen in Nevada” by Katarzyna Kochany, the Grand Prize Winner at the Nevada Sesquicentennial writing competition in partnership with High Desert International Film Festival held in Pahrump in May, 2014. A father son road trip from Idaho to Nevada leads to strange encounters with a Shoshone Indian legend. Northern Nevada sagebrush steppe looks a lot like southern Idaho. That’s the latest from the Department of Stating the Obvious. I’m here with Dad so what do you... Read More

Statewide Sesquicentennial Voting Ends August 7

Final medallion design to be chosen by Nevadans Carson City, Nev. – Nevadans only have a few more days to cast their vote for the final Sesquicentennial medallion. On Wednesday, July 23 the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invited all Nevadans to participate in choosing the design for the fourth Sesquicentennial Commemorative Medallion. Voting ends this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. Participants have four choices that feature a broad range of images and topics representative of Nevada’s history and geography: Hoover Dam –... Read More

Krystal Nevada Hoefling | What’s in a Name?

When it came time for my parents to name me, they chose what they felt was the most beautiful name they could for my middle name; Nevada.  I however, felt very differently growing up.  Why would my parents name me after my state?  Sure I loved Nevada, but I didn’t know how many more times I could handle my teacher coming across my full name and asking (with a grin) “Were You born here?” (Insert eye roll here). Overtime though,... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout August

Carson, Nev. – Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of August. These Nevada 150 events celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held Aug. 1 through Aug. 14. The third season of The Lake Tahoe Summer Fest Concert Series will take place Aug. 1-17 at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV. The festival features classical music concerts and engagement opportunities during the first three weekends in August.... Read More

Join NV 150 and Others at the Airport Send-Off for Northern Nevada Students Performing in Scotland

WHAT:                 Airport Send-Off for Northern Nevada Students Performing in Scotland   WHEN:              Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM WHERE:           Reno-Tahoe International Airport Main Terminal 2001 E. Plumb Lane2001 E. Plumb Lane2001 E. Plumb Lane. Reno, Nev. Northern Nevada’s Sage Ridge School will be leaving Tuesday, July 29 to participate in the prestigious 2014 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is hosting a send-off ceremony to celebrate the students’ accomplishment in the Main Terminal near... Read More

Henderson Historical Society – Manganese One Plant (AKA) Three Kids Mine Henderson, Nevada, 1916-1962

Manganese One Plant (AKA) Three Kids Mine, Henderson Nevada, 1916-1962. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries http://digitalcollections.mypubliclibrary.com/ The Manganese Ore (AKA) Three Kids Mine has a battle born history from 1917-1961. The mine and mill sites had three periods of activity each related to a time of war and internal tensions (WWI, WWII, and  the Korean and Cold War years). While manganese is used in tough alloys, resistant to wear, manganese production of sufficient quality required the construction of... Read More

Fredric Watson – PEPCON Explosion, 25 Years Later

PEPCON Explosion. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries http://digitalcollections.mypubliclibrary.com/ The City of Henderson is about to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a tragic episode in its history. An industrial accident that reminds long-time residents of the recent disaster in West, Texas. The PEPCON explosion was such a traumatizing experience that those who lived through it will never forget where they were the morning of May 4, 1988. The Henderson Historical Society is attempting to capture the memories of those... Read More

Recie Hornyak and Rick Watson – The Hermit of Henderson

Author Rick Watson in front of one of the many shafts dug into the hillsides near where the Hermit lived. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries http://digitalcollections.mypubliclibrary.com/ Reunion organizers for Basic High School ask that those planning to attend, send a Mini-History, so that old classmates can read about their lives during the years since they last met. Loreace (Recie) Sanders Hornyak, class of 1958, commented on changes to her old hometown, saying … “I am amazed at the... Read More

Monica Martinez Simmons – Inspiration for An American Journey

Henderson City Hall Circa 1960. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries http://digitalcollections.mypubliclibrary.com/ Inspired by a strong sense of community and a deep pride for my hometown—An American Journey was a labor of love.  The beginning of a story etched beautifully in the memories of our pioneers and early inhabitants, this story simply could not fade. Our City would undergo an unimaginable transformation and unprecedented growth.  How could we ensure the many new residents relocating to our community would appreciate... Read More

Henderson Historical Society – Magnesium Maggie

The original Bombshell. A Magnesium Maggie hard at work at the BMI plant, circa 1940. Photo Courtesy of Henderson District Public Libraries http://digitalcollections.mypubliclibrary.com/ Most people have heard of Rosie the Riveter, but on a local level, Southern Nevada had its own version of hard-working, wartime women known as “Magnesium Maggies.” The term was coined by researcher and former war worker herself, Irene Rostine. Ms. Rostine’s work is focused on the role of women in Southern Nevada’s magnesium war industry. With... Read More

Statewide Contest Announced for Final Sesquicentennial Medallion

Nevadans to decide fourth design Carson City, Nev. – In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all Nevadans to participate in choosing the design for the fourth Sesquicentennial commemorative medallion. This medallion, the final in the series of four being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design voted on by Nevadans. Voting on Nevada150.org begins Monday, July 21 and ends Friday, August 1. “I am so excited to announce that all Nevadans will have... Read More

Call for Entries Announced for First Nevada Day Parade in Downtown Las Vegas

One-time Only Event Helps to Cap Nevada’s 150th Yearlong Birthday Celebration in Southern Nevada Carson City, Nev. – The yearlong celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Nevada’s Statehood will culminate Nevada Day weekend with four parades set to take place in various locations around the state including Carson City, Elko, Virginia City and Las Vegas. In Southern Nevada, the final event to commemorate the establishment of our state will be Las Vegas’ first Nevada Day Parade in downtown along 4th... Read More

Howard Hickson – Absolutely Impossible! Crossing the Nation by Automobile – 1903

Two men stood looking at the automobile mired in sand up to its hubcaps. One wet his pencil point on his tongue and jotted down a few words in a notebook. The other grabbed his hat from his head, threw it on the ground and stomped the daylights out of it. “Damn!,” He yelled, “Seven days and five hundred miles out, then this! Look at it, Charles, buried to the running boards in this damn sand.” Charles Sanders, reporter for... Read More

Howard Hickson – Humboldt River Monster

Shades of Loch Ness! Horrors of Bigfoot! While we’re at it we might as well mention the renowned Monster of Pyramid Lake. The Nevada Legislature periodically includes it in multitudinous bills and debates long on the merits of saving the oddity. God protect the beast if the legislature ever gets totally serious. One of their laws could spell the end of Pyramid’s miscreation. Those places have their mysterious monsters but northeastern Nevadans are not to be outdone as noted in... Read More

Howard Hickson – New Teacher in Town Contact, Nevada (1933-1934)

Marguerite Patterson Evans – 1933 In 1933, Marguerite Patterson Evans wrote to her sister-in-law, Edna Patterson, that Contact consisted of two general stores, a crude family hotel, two saloons, a post office, ementary school building, and a high school occupying an old pool hall. She noted there were four regular salaries in town: three teachers and a highway maintenance man. Most of the 100 townspeople relied on welfare to make ends meet. Marguerite was the newly appointed high school principal... Read More

Howard Hickson – Robbed Twice on the Same Day Central Pacific Railroad – November 5, 1870

Nevada’s first train robbery happened near Verdi on the western edge of the state. Being the very first one, it attracted much attention. The second heist was just 20 hours later, 380 miles to the east. It was the same train on the same run on the same day but, by then, train holdups were suddenly very common. A description of the earlier crime was in the November 6, 1870 edition of The Elko Chronicle. About one a.m. the east... Read More

Howard Hickson – Moon Rock Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko – 1970

When NASA released several lunar samples for exhibition around the nation, the Nevada State Museum in Carson City applied. NASA doesn’t ship their moon rocks so Pete Herlan, Curator of Biology, flew to Washington, D.C. to pick up one for display. At that time, the rocks traveled in a black box. Pete was on board, sitting with the case on his lap. This was more than thirty years before 9/11 but airlines were always alert for unusual situations. A flight... Read More

Howard Hickson – Hardly a High School University of Nevada, Elko (1874-1885)

First University of Nevada Building in Elko. It was on the corner of Ninth Street and College Avenue where the “Old Gymnasium” on the Elko High School campus now stands. Photograph from the Illustrated History of the University of Nevada, 1924, by Sam Doten Elko High School’s “Old Gymnasium” was recently remodeled. It stands on the site of the first University of Nevada. Here’s the story: There was a bustling brashness about young Elko in 1872. It was a railroad... Read More

Howard Hickson – Mayor Bing Crosby Elko, Nevada (1948-1977)

Elko Mayor Dave Dotta presents the Key to the City at the ceremony designating Bing Crosby (without his hair piece) Honorary Mayor of Elko on February 7, 1948. Photo from the Northeastern Nevada Museum Collections. A famous photograph of Bing Crosby and Elko Mayor Dave Dotta appeared in newspapers and magazines world wide in 1948. Dotta is supervising Crosby while the singer/actor sweeps the street in front of the Ranch Inn at Ninth and Idaho streets. Crosby bought several ranches... Read More

Howard Hickson – Wendover Will

His job was to wave to tourists passing by on US Highways 40 and 50, later Interstate 80. Wendover Will took part of his name from the town of Wendover. He was decked out like most cowboys of the time – a white hat (he was one of the good guys), a yellow bandana, a red shirt with a Bull Durham tobacco tag hanging from the pocket, Levi’s, cowboy boots, a cigarette dangling from his mouth, and a six-gun around... Read More

Howard Hickson – The Ghost Cries Murder

Gallows for Potts Hanging, courtesy Northeastern Nevada Museum “It is a little exciting when one has the good luck to move into a veritable haunted house. So far, the ghost hasn’t scared any of us, but he is here just the same. Sometimes he taps on the head board of the bed; other times he stalks across the kitchen floor, and anon (sic) he hammers away at the door and nobody’s there. But the gayest of capers of all is... Read More

Howard Hickson – Jarbidge, Nevada Not a Ghost Town

Photograph from the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Elko, files. One of the earliest scenes of Jarbidge, Probably in 1909.  Sometimes called a ghost town, Jarbidge residents do not claim, nor do they want the status. A handful of hardy souls brave the frigid winters in the “Canyon of the Evil Giant” in northern Elko County but the place often takes on the hustle and bustle of a boom town on summer weekends and during hunting seasons. The 20th century gold camp... Read More

100th Anniversary of USS Nevada Launch Ceremony

WHAT:                 100th Anniversary of USS Nevada Launch Ceremony                               WHEN:                 Friday, July 11, 2014 9:30 a.m. WHERE:               Nevada State Capitol Front Steps 101 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev.   On Friday, July 11, the Nevada State Museum, the Reno Navy League and the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission will re-dedicate a plaque at the USS Nevada Memorial on the Capitol Grounds. A reception honoring the battleship USS Nevada and her fallen crew will follow in Old Assembly Chambers. The Battleship USS... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout July

Carson City – Many celebrations are scheduled statewide in the month of July. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following events are held July 1 through July 12. Since 2007 Red, White and Tahoe Blue has celebrated our country’s independence while promoting community spirit, local merchants and charitable causes. This year’s event takes place July 3-5 and includes over 28 events in Incline Village & Crystal... Read More

Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial Belt Buckles Debut at Reno Rodeo

Carson City, Nev. — In commemoration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, Sesquicentennial belt buckles made their debut at the 95th Reno Rodeo June 19-28, 2014. State Senator James Settlemeyer and the Nevada 150 Commission joined Crumrine Gold & Silversmiths, a Nevada based belt buckle craftsman, to create the limited edition pieces. The belt buckles are $100 each and all proceeds go toward the Nevada 150 Foundation. The belt buckles are hand-crafted with historical jewelers bronze. This highly valuable metal is 85... Read More

DMV Offers Nevada 150th License Plate Photo Contest

One winner will get license plate NV 0150 in celebration of the state’s 150th birthday CARSON CITY – The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is sponsoring a photography contest and the winner will receive a piece of Nevada history – the license plate that marks Nevada’s 150th anniversary. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864. The one-of-a-kind Nevada Sesquicentennial license plate number “NV 0150” will be awarded to one lucky winner on Thursday, October 30th, the day... Read More

Wayne Capurro – Author of WHITE FLAG: America’s First 9/11 likes “Tom Logan”

My grandmother told me about the Mountain Meadows Massacre over 40 years ago. Her grandfather was a participant in the massacre and a prominent Mormon Bishop in the area of Cedar City/St.George, Utah. He lived in Bunkerville, Panaca, Pioche, Clover Valley and  Hiko. He founded Cedar City, Virgin, Toquerville and Parawan. He also was one of the first whites to explore what is today Zion and Bryce National Parks. His son married Clara Logan (Tom’s Sister). I published a book... Read More

Life of Kay Winters in Carson City and Dayton, Nevada

I am Kathleen “Kay” Kelly Winters, and I was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1920. My parents were R. Lester and Ruth Kelly. I attended local schools in Tacoma, Washington and the University of Washington. I married the senior class president in 1941 and moved to his home in Carson City, Nevada, which had a population of about 1500-plus people. His family had the Ford car dealership in Carson City. Our first home was an old granite block house built... Read More

Fallon Celebrates Nevada’s 150 Birthday Festival

Fallon, Nev. — The Nevada 150 celebration continues as Fallon commemorates the Silver State. The community will join together for a day of festivities honoring Nevada’s historical legacy on Saturday, June 21. Kick start the morning with the Hometown Heroes Fun Run & Field Day at Churchill County High School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy recreational games and activities, while connecting with local heroes. Join the United Postal Services for the NV 150 Postage Stamp Dedication at the Old... Read More

Las Vegas First City with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame?

New Nevada “State Pride” Movement Heads Up Initiative to Make it Possible Las Vegas – An official application to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce seeking a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Las Vegas was hand delivered by a team, led by “Elvis,” representing the “Battle Born Again” movement recently. If selected, the entertainment capital will be the first city to receive a Star on the internationally recognized Hollywood icon. Click here to see a video of “Elvis” and his... Read More

Nevada Humanities Presents the 23rd Annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Festival in June 2014, with a Special Focus on Nevada’s 150th Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kathy Hess Nevada Humanities P.O. Box 8029 Reno, NV 89507 Telephone: 775-784-6587 Email: Kathy@justimaginemktg.com www.nevadahumanities.org   Nevada Humanities Presents the 23rd Annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua Festival in June 2014, with a Special Focus on Nevada’s 150th Celebration Reno, Nevada (May 17, 2014) – Nevada Humanities presents the 23rd Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival June 19-27, 2014, in Reno. Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua has inspired many Chautauqua events around the globe and is... Read More

Helen Stewart Remembers: Historical Interpreter Dr. Linda Miller recreates the Life of Helen J. Stewart

Like Helen Stewart, I am not from Nevada but from Kansas where her grandparents lived during “bleeding Kansas”. Her parents traveled through there in 1863 and then to Northern Nevada (while Nevada Statehood was being discussed) before settling in Galt, California. Her daughter Tiza lived in Kansas City in later years and started a correspondence which preserved the activities that Helen Stewart participated in. In 2003 I wrote a lesson plan for the National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places... Read More

The Lancaster and Hall Families in Gold Hill Nevada: Part One

In 1972 my father, Gordon Lancaster, sat down to write both an accounting of his own life experiences and a family history, which encompassed a period dating from the California Gold Rush up until 1964.  Dad, whose own father was born in Gold Hill in 1880, grew up listening to stories about his father’s childhood on the Comstock and about the lives of his forefathers who had made the move west from Milford, New Hampshire in the 1860’s and 1870’s.... Read More

A Nevada Mining Family

Kittie Burke arrived in the United States as a small child and in 1880 we find her at 20 years old working as a waitress in Virginia City. She marries miner James Burke and as mine output tapers off, they move to the new boomtown of Tombstone, Arizona, where they have a baby, Mary Kate (my grandmother) three years after the gunfight at the OK Corral. Tombstone is already being “played out” so they move to the next boomtown of... Read More

My Grandmother’s Memories (Pearl Sielaff Radcliffe)

This is a recollection by my grandmother Pearl Sielaff Radcliffe who was born in Gold Hill Nevada in 1887.  She wrote this for the Nevada Centennial Celebration but never sent it in: My Father August J. Sielaff left his home in Germany as a boy of 13 years and went on a ship as a sailor.  This took him around the world and on his last trip as a sailor he came a sailing vessel around the Cape Horn and... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout June

On June 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Chefs Food Fest will take place at the Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin. This special event celebrates giving back to those less fortunate while enjoying some of the best cuisine on the Colorado River. Majority of the proceeds will be donated to the River Fund Inc., a non-profit agency providing direct emergency and crisis services for individuals and families in Laughlin. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.laughlinchamber.com... Read More

Preserve Nevada Releases Biannual 150 Most List

Carson City, Nev. – Using the model of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preserve Nevada has released its biannual “Most Endangered Places list.” In honor of Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration, the non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Nevada’s cultural, historical, and archeological heritage, has selected more than 150 locations across the state to promote. Each site was identified as a preservation success, loss, or endangered location. After soliciting advice from individuals, organizations and agencies throughout the state, and collecting information... Read More

150 Years in the Making: USPS to Release Nevada Statehood Stamp

What: Nevada Statehood Forever Stamp   When: 11 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014   Where: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts 361 Symphony Park Avenue   Who: U.S. Senator Harry Reid U.S. Senator Dean Heller Gov. Brian Sandoval Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki USPS Board of Governor’s Vice Chair James Bilbray Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe     Background:                                     Possible Interviews:    ... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Third Medallion First Strike Ceremony

Friday, May 30, 2014 11:00 a.m. – Media and Special Guests Viewing Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev. On Friday, May 30, Governor Brian Sandoval, Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki and Kirk Clausen from Wells Fargo, the official sponsor of the medallion program, will be joined by the Nevada 150 Commission and special guests, to strike Nevada’s third sesquicentennial silver medallion for the State’s 150th birthday celebration. The third design, selected by elementary age students throughout Nevada,... Read More

Art Sistare – Wonder Lives

Easy Chair Crater – Lunar Crater National Nature Landmark, Nye County, Nevada ©2006 Art Sistare. All Rights Reserved From a hundred miles in space, Nevada resembles a rumpled-up sandbox. But up close we all know the truth; the artistry of Nevada’s nature and beauty resound everywhere. From the tops of the ranges to the flats of the basins, Nevada is alive with wondrous splendor. And everyone knows Nevada’s birth date: October 31,1864 – Battle Born. What they don’t know is... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout June

Carson City — Many events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of June. These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. The following are events held June 3 through June 15. Join the Historic Reno Preservation Society for the University Historic District Walking Tour at 6 p.m. on June 3. Visit Morrill Hall, MacKay School of Mines and the Keck Museum to learn the history of... Read More

Barbre Brunson – Home Means Nevada

I was raised in Nevada and enjoyed the wild horses, Helldorado, the mountains, and the stars we often slept under on a bed in our backyard. We came east so that my dad could work for the U.S. Senate. He is retired. I, however, work for the government as the Historian of Bills. I love my work, but miss Nevada. I visit home when I can, and since I grew up with Helldorado and rode or marched in many parades... Read More

Peter & Deborah Cross – A Brilliant Experience

My wife and I visited Carson City in May 2014 as part of a tour of the Western States. This was to celebrate my 75th Birthday. As we strolled down the main street we first came across the Senate and I suggested we see if it was possible to have a look around inside. My wife was very apprehensive. On opening the doors, we were confronted with the Security Officer. However, my wife’s trepidation soon melted away at the warmth... Read More

44th Annual Jim Butler Days Celebration this Weekend in Tonopah

Carson City, Nev. – Join the Town of Tonopah in celebrating the 44th Annual Jim Butler Days this Memorial Day weekend. Many events are scheduled throughout the weekend to celebrate its historic past. On May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. stop by Main Street to watch the Main Street Parade which honors Jim Butler who was responsible for the significant find in May 1900 that inaugurated Nevada’s early 20th Century gold/silver boom. The Nevada State Mining Championships will... Read More

Sam DiNoto – WWII and Las Vegas

In November 1944, I was in the Army Air Corps and was sent to the Las Vegas Army Airfield, now known as Nellis Air Force Base, for aerial gunnery training. Las Vegas is some place you can never forget. We flew in B17 Bombers and had lots of firing ranges, but could go into town mainly on Fremont Street until we ran out of money. Usually we kept enough for a coffee. By the railroad tracks, at the end of... Read More

Nevada Sesquicentennial Third Medallion First Strike Ceremony

Friday, May 30, 2014 11:00 a.m. – Media and Special Guests Viewing Nevada State Museum 600 N. Carson Street, Carson City, Nev. On Friday, May 30, Governor Brian Sandoval, Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki and Kirk Clausen from Wells Fargo, the official sponsor of the medallion program, will be joined by the Nevada 150 Commission and special guests, to strike Nevada’s third sesquicentennial silver medallion for the State’s 150th birthday celebration. The third design, selected by elementary age students throughout Nevada,... Read More

Darrin Bush – 1964 Beatles Concert In Las Vegas

The Beatles at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 8-20-64. Las Vegas News Bureau photo. August 20, 1964 was a Thursday, but not just any Thursday. It was the day the Beatles would perform in Las Vegas. The morning air had a certain vibe for those of us who were going to see them in person. On the top of the dresser in my bedroom were 2 tickets to the event of the century, and I protected them with my life.... Read More

Winning Design Unveiled for Third Sesquicentennial Medallion

Elementary students choose medallion design Carson City, Nev. – Today the Nevada 150 Commission unveiled the design of the third medallion in the Sesquicentennial series of four, as chosen by Nevada elementary students. The winning design features some of the State’s most iconic landmarks including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the Reno Arch and Wendover Will. Last month, Lieutenant Governor and Nevada 150 Chairman Brian Krolicki invited Nevada students to participate in choosing the design for the third... Read More

Video: The Spirit of Nevada

By: Bob Brown Las Vegas Review-Journal We celebrate the Nevada Sesquicentennial by exploring our state’s history, people and natural beauty. Together they forge the spirit of Nevada.

The Capurro Brothers (1869)

The Capurro Brothers are the great-grandsons of James Gault who settled in Sparks in 1870. The Gaults raised alfalfa hay, beef and dairy cows, and horses on the original 600-acre farm. In 1952, John Capurro, Sr., purchased the west half of the ranch to establish a 50-head milking cow operation. In the early 1960’s, the dairy cows were sold as well as the family’s home and most of the land to make way for McCarran Blvd., and later Wild Creek... Read More

Duval Ranching Company (1870)

The Duval Ranching Company was started by John William Helth after he was released from the army in 1869. The original 320-acre ranch raised grain, beef cattle, and horses. After William’s death in 1905, the ranch was given to his daughter Grace Helth. Grace later married Simion Duval who continued to work the ranch. Several historic structures are still standing on the ranch, including the original homestead built in the 1870’s, a wash house built around 1900, and a milk... Read More

Kallenbach-Ormachea-Sherman Ranch (1908)

Fallon’s Kallenbach-Ormachea-Sherman Ranch was inducted as a Centennial Ranch in 2008, and is being formally recognized at this year’s ceremony. Marie Ormachea Sherman was born on the ranch her grandparents purchased in 1908. The ranch was famous for its apple orchard. The family also ran 4,000 head of sheep and 1,200 head of cattle on their Clan Alpine Ranch and Bell Flat east of Fallon. In 2008, the Kallenbach-Ormachea-Sherman Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial Award Ranch &... Read More

Bailey Ranch (1875)

An old barn and wash house built in the late 1800’s are still in use on the Bailey Ranch in Diamond Valley. Robert and Marietta Bailey bought the original 300 acre ranch in 1875 for $20 in gold coin. They expanded over the years, raising cattle, horses, and meadow hay. Grandson Wilfred and his wife Barbara currently run a cow/calf operation and raise alfalfa-grass hay on the ranch. In 2009, the Bailey Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial... Read More

End of the Rainbow Ranch (1873)

After 136 years, the End of the Rainbow Ranch has returned to its original use. When Jaime Bradshaw started the ranch north of Las Vegas in 1873, he raised fruits and vegetables to feed workers at the Delamar Mining Camp. The ranch became a range and cattle operation during the 50’s. Now grandson Don Bradshaw and great-grandson Loren operate a certified organic apple orchard on 50 acres with 2,000 apple trees of four varieties. The general public can pick their... Read More

Testolin Ranch (1907)

Antonio Testolin left Italy for America in 1901, eventually homesteading 120 acres in the Union District of Fallon in 1907. He cleared the sagebrush and turned the farm into a truck garden, raising fancy vegetables such as eggplant, celery, and cardone that he supplied to mining camps in western Nevada. He soon added poultry and eggs to his list of foods since fresh food was very scarce in the remote camps. Marrying his sweetheart in 1910, the garden grew and... Read More

Perfecta Vista Ranches – Mathewson Ranch (1909)

Six generations have lived on the 120 acres Horace and Mary Newcomb purchased in 1909 near Fallon, raising alfalfa hay, grain, and an orchard. Currently owned by Bill and Gwen Mathewson Washburn, the Newcomb’s great-granddaughter, the property still hosts an ice house built around 1887. In 2009, the Perfecta Vista Ranches – Mathewson Ranch was a recipient of the Nevada Centennial Award Ranch & Farm Award.   This entry is from the Nevada Centennial Awards Ranch & Farm Program which... Read More

Ranch No. 1 – Trimmer/Giovacchini Ranch (1909)

Ranch No. 1 was staked when Nevada became a state in 1864 by Colonel John Reese who built the trading post known as Mormon Station. Robert and Sarah Trimmer bought Ranch No. 1 from the Frey Family in 1909. Currently owned and operated by their great granddaughters, Lisa Lekumberry, Terri Billman and Sheri Walters, the ranch still boasts a stone building built around 1860, a barn built in the 1880’s, and the ranch house built in 1885. In 2009, the... Read More

Anker Ranch (1877)

Peter Anker was born in Denmark and immigrated to America in 1870 at the young age of 18. He lived in northern California where he worked as a carpenter and farm laborer. He moved to Nevada in 1871 and worked as a bridge carpenter on the Virginia Truckee Railroad. He relocated to the Lovelock area to work and homesteaded 160 acres, acquiring more acres into what was to become a large ranch of 800 acres. Peter and his wife, Julia... Read More

Skip’s Place (1907)

Skip’s Place in Fallon was established in 1907 by Frances Harrigan. Harrigan was born in Gold Hill in 1873 and moved to Fallon when he was eleven to live with his grandparents after the deaths of his parents. He raised bees for honey, turkeys and cantaloupe, as well as Durham cattle. A 1911 article in the Fallon Eagle newspaper stated that Harrigan shipped 592 cases of honey, needing an eight horse team to bring it to town. His granddaughters Yvonne... Read More

Lawrence Ranch (1908)

Charles A. Lawrence purchased 160 acres from Ira H. Kent in 1908 and raised rotations of alfalfa and wheat or corn. He had a small dairy as well as some sheep, horse and turkeys. After Charles died in 1929, his wife, Eva, started raising chickens for their eggs. At one time, she had 1,000 chickens in four large chicken houses. She boxed 360 eggs a day. Son Dale started raising pigs and sold 100 weiner pigs twice a year at... Read More

Quilici Ranch (1881)

Luigi Quilici immigrated from Italy and established his ranch in Dayton in 1881. A few years later, Ruggero Quilici, Luigi’s youngest son, moved his wife, Nunzia, and three children, Salvatore, Ledo and Rita from Italy to the ranch. Son Larry was born later in America. It is the oldest operating one-family ranch along the lower Carson River. Nunzia did not want to move to America, and none of them spoke English when they arrived. Times were hard and they spent... Read More

Robert Getto Farm and Getto Farms (1911)

It was late October 1911 when John (1880-1964) and Andrew (1884-1971) Getto, and their good friend Ed Frazzini purchased a 145 acre farm in Churchill County. In addition to the property, they also purchased wagons, a scraper, cultivator, and harrow, an assortment of tools, implements, harnesses, several head of horses and livestock, and about 30 tons of alfalfa hay, for $10 in gold coin. Now, 100 years later, the equipment, hay, and livestock are gone, but the family thrives and... Read More

Day-Annett-Costa Ranch (1905)

George Byron “By” Day was born in 1843. When he was 16, he borrowed $200 and left his home in Illinois on a wagon train en route to Gold Hill, Nevada, hoping to make his fortune in the silver mines. Leaving there, he made his way to Smith Valley where he stayed with soldiers camping at the hot springs. He eventually settled near Bridgeport, California to raise cattle and sheep. In 1905, By and his son, Charles, purchased 200 acres... Read More

Lytle Ranches (1865)

In the spring of 1865, Brigham Young sent members of the Lytle family to settle the valleys that house our present-day ranch. They built the Eagle Valley Fort, and for three years, cleared the land, made irrigation ditches, and built their first homes in the lush meadows of Eagle Valley. When they learned that the land belonged to the state of Nevada, not Utah, most of them left. Seeing opportunity, however, Charles Lytle came to Nevada, buying out his brothers... Read More

Manha Farm (1912)

Antone (Tony) Manha immigrated to Mason Valley in 1901 from the Azores, a group of Portuguese Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Mason Valley attracted many of the islanders who wanted to farm, including Tony’s brother Jose and eventually 10 more brothers and sisters. Each found a place to work as a laborer for room and board and to earn a few dollars to send to the remaining family members in the Azores. Tony worked for Manuel Bettencourt whose family had... Read More

Martin Ranch (1887)

James and Agnes Morrison bought the 80-acre Antelope Valley Ranch in 1887. They raised four children who helped on the ranch and eventually went on to establish their own ranches. Their daughter Elizabeth graduated from Eureka County High School in 1907 and homesteaded in Copenhagen Canyon, about 13 miles from the home ranch. When James died in 1908, Elizabeth would ride to the home ranch every day to help her mother until Agnes died in 1921. Elizabeth married George Englebright... Read More

Native American beading demonstration at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park on Saturday, May 3

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Friends of the Fort, a non-profit organization that assists the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, will be hosting Native American artists in a 4-part series. The first visiting artist, Shirley Nelson, is from Tuba City, Arizona, the heart of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. Nelson grew up the child of a single mother who supported her young family with simple beadwork earrings and other jewelry. She learned her craft at a very young age and is... Read More

“The Tree of Nevada” by Art Sistare

Carson City resident Art Sistare presents this poem as a heartfelt gift to Nevada at its 150th birthday, a poem for the ages. Once, Time was newborn Wailing At bright blue skies And cold dark nights, Sprinkled with star light Shining. They rained upon A silent Falling Across the mountain Scape. And there has grown, pinus longaeva: A Bristlecone Pine Twisted Standing, Lonesome is the pain Distressing. Yet there was found An unshared dream Atop this world triumphant. Live long,... Read More

Nevada Department of Education To Select National History Day Student Contest Entries, Part of Nevada 150th Statewide Signature Events

Judging To Take Place Saturday, April 26 at UNLV & UNR Campuses Carson City, Nev. – The Nevada Department of Education will choose the winners of the National History Day contest from a pool of more than 300 student entries grade 6-12 from across Nevada, this Saturday, April 26 beginning at 9 a.m. concurrently at the campuses of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Nevada Reno. First place winners from the two state contests are then... Read More

Sale of Second Nevada Sesquicentennial Medallion Ends April 30

Carson City, Nev. – Orders for the second design of the Nevada Sesquicentennial medallions will end at midnight on April 30. This design is the second of four different medallions which will be released at different dates throughout the Sesquicentennial year for purchase. The medallions have proven to be a popular item during the year-long celebration. More than 1,500 medallions have been sold since going on sale. The second medallion, depicting a Nevada miner on the front and the Nevada... Read More

Wells Fargo Debuts Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration Mural Hunt Passport to Celebrate Nevada History Day

Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki and Wells Fargo Nevada Region President Kirk V. Clausen join together to mark Nevada History Day during this Sesquicentennial year WHAT: Nevada Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki and Wells Fargo Nevada Region President Kirk V. Clausen will mark Nevada History Day with the debut of a free Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration Mural Hunt Passport keepsake to celebrate the state’s sesquicentennial anniversary. WHEN: Friday, April 25 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Wells Fargo Bank Capital Center Branch 211 North Stewart... Read More

Jackie Boor – My Nevada Roots: Unearthing the Untold Story of Sheriff Tom Logan

My grandmother was born in Overton, Nevada in 1891. Named Hazel Margaret Logan, she rarely mentioned her father other than to say he had been a sheriff in Nevada and was shot to death in 1906. The fourth of Sheriff Thomas Logan’s eight children, she was 14 at the time. When Hazel married a miner from Maine in 1914, they boarded a train for Oregon that very day. She never returned to Nevada except to attend her mother’s funeral in... Read More

Celebrate the 160th Birthday of the “First Lady of Las Vegas”

  Event celebrates Las Vegas pioneer Helen J. Stewart Carson City, NEV. — Nevadans are invited to celebrate the 160th birthday of Helen Stewart at the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park on Saturday, April 12, from 2 to 3 p.m.  Guests are invited to have tea with the “First Lady of Las Vegas” at the oldest social gathering place in southern Nevada. Dr. Linda Miller, author of the book “Early Las Vegas”, will portray Helen J. Stewart... Read More

Elementary Students Invited to Choose Design for Third Sesquicentennial Medallion

All participants will be entered in drawing to win medallion Carson City, Nev. – In honor of Nevada’s 150th birthday, the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission invites all elementary age children in Nevada to participate in choosing the design elements for the third Sesquicentennial medallion.  The medallion, third of four in the Sesquicentennial series being produced throughout the year, will feature the winning design elements as chosen by Nevada students.  Votes must be submitted to Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki’s office no later... Read More

Jeanette K. Belz – When Nevada Felt Like Home

Nevada has been my home for almost 19 great years now. I’ll never forget the first time a native said to me, “You remember that, don’t you?”  It was something that had happened before I arrived. That’s when I really felt like a Nevadan. I had become part of the fabric of our great state.

Las Vegas Hosts First Nevada Day Parade to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Nevada Statehood

Carson City — The Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial Commission is pleased to announce that Las Vegas will join the Nevada Day celebration with a Nevada 150 commemorative parade.  The October 2014 festivities will include four statewide Nevada Day parades to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood, including the first Las Vegas Nevada Day Parade planned as the largest Nevada Day celebration in southern Nevada. “Nevada Day is one of those unique celebrations that truly captures the heritage of our state’s... Read More

Nevada 150 Events Held Throughout April

Carson City — Many great events are scheduled throughout the Silver State in the month of April to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial.  These Nevada 150 events help celebrate all things Nevada and bring awareness to the state’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood. Dr. Holly Walton-Buchanan will give a lecture on April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Graduate Room on the 4th floor of the Knowledge Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.  Entitled “Land of the Buckaroo:... Read More