Carson City museum features women’s history, Coin Press No. 1 in March
CARSON CITY, Nevada — The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, showcases women’s history in March by featuring work by the Wild Women Artists group through the museum’s online “The First Lady Presents…” program. The museum’s historic Coin Press No. 1 also will be minting a special medallion honoring the Transcontinental Railroad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13; and displaying historical women’s clothing during the Curator’s Corner program from 1 to 3 p.m. March 17.
Nevada’s first lady Kathy Sisolak helms “The First Lady Presents…,” a virtual, monthly program showcasing Nevada artists and artifacts on the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, website. In March, Mrs. Sisolak recognizes Women’s History Month and introduces the Wild Women Artists, a northern Nevada-based group of collective artists. Visit “The First Lady Presents…” here.
The museum also is home to historic Coin Press No. 1, which will be minting special medallions commemorating the Transcontinental Railroad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13. The Transcontinental Railroad linked the United States from east to west and was completed in 1869 in Promontory, Utah. The special medallion honors that historical moment with a design featuring the Promontory Car, the last existing train car that was present at the ceremony that took place when the railroad was completed. The Promontory Car today is part of the Nevada State Museums collection.
The special medallion with the Promontory Car design will be minted on historic Coin Press No. 1, the first coin press to operate at the Carson City Mint. The 30 mm medallions are .999 fine silver and stamped with the famed CC mint mark. Visitors may purchase their own silver blank to have minted on Coin Press No. 1.
The museum closes out its March events with a final nod to women’s history: Curator of Clothing and Textiles Jan Loverin will be displaying 19th century bodices inside out, to show the restrictive nature of those garments, from 1 to 3 p.m. March 17. Loverin will discuss the bodices in short, repeating presentations for visitors passing through the museum’s concourse. The presentation is part of the museum’s ongoing Curator’s Corner program.
The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors will need to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. For more on the museum’s safety measures, click here. Admission is $8, free for children ages 17 and younger. For more, visit, CarsonNVMuseum.org.
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The Nevada State Museum, Carson City engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. The museum is one of seven state museums that make up the Nevada Division of Museums and History.