Carson City museum offers family programs, historical lectures and more in January

CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Museum, Carson City offers a slate of in-person and online programs in January, ranging from online family projects to historical lectures. The offerings fall under four different programs: Family Fun Saturday and the Francis Humphrey Lecture Series, both occurring online, as well as Coin Press No. 1 demonstrations and Curator’s Corner programming, both available in-person at the museum. Events are as follows:

Coin Press No. 1 demonstrations — Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Historical Coin Press No. 1 operates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in January. Medallions imprinted with the image of a health care worker — the Nevada Health Care Heroes medallion — will be stamped; interested people can purchase a .999 fine silver planchet and watch as it is minted. Cost is $100, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Western Nevada.

Coin Press No. 1, was the first coin press to operate at the Carson City Mint. A former U.S. Branch Mint, the Carson City Mint was in operation from 1870 to 1893. Today, the old mint building is incorporated into the museum.

Curator’s Corner — Jan. 6 and Jan. 20
Museum curators give short, repeating presentations from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month for visitors passing through the museum’s demonstration gallery. Washoe baskets will be presented Jan. 6 by Anna Camp, the museum’s curator of anthropology. On Jan. 20, visitors can learn about historical garments from Jan Loverin, the museum’s curator of clothing and textiles.

Family Fun Saturday — Jan. 9
Mina Stafford, the museum’s curator of education, will present the online craft program Sensational Sagebrush at 10 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook Live. Stafford will demonstrate how to make a sagebrush ocean diorama. Contact Stafford at to get the Zoom link and to pick up supplies for the craft project.

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series — Jan. 28
“Hair, Makeup, and Me,” an online lecture about the ritual of applying makeup and its meanings, will happen at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. Jan Loverin, the museum’s curator of clothing and textiles, will speak. Register here for the program.

The museum, 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City, is open at 25% capacity from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $8, free for children ages 17 and younger.Visitors must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. For more, visit

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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.