Curatorial Postcards

May Curator’s Corner

Sharks have come a long way from the vilified man-eater portrayed in Jaws. Today, we realize that this top ocean predator helps ensure a healthy ecosystem. Some Pacific Island nations, such as Kiribati (pronounced Ki-ri-bas), recognize the importance of sharks and have created shark sanctuaries. Kiribati is located in the central Pacific Ocean, about 2,500 […]

March Curator’s Corner

March is Women’s History Month and while we recognize many different fashionable eras of dress, this year, we are going to take a close look beneath it all…what undergarments did 19th century fashionable dressed women wear under their crinoline, bustle or petticoats?  Sometimes called knickers, drawers or pantalettes/pantaloons, these undies have many variations.

November Curator’s Corner

His headdress is adorned with Golden Eagle feathers; he sports a beaded buckskin vest; and his face is decorated with white paint. Captain Hank Pete stands proudly against the northern Nevada sky, clasping a rattle in one hand and a walking stick in the other. Captain Hank Pete “last of the Washoe Indian Chiefs” (Lake […]

September Curator’s Corner

Jacques Fath and the LBD The color black has long been associated with mourning, religious, academic, legal, and ceremonial dress. But within the last 100 years, black has become a woman’s classic fashion choice. “The Little Black Dress” has saved many of us from the dilemma – “What to wear?”

July Curator’s Corner

Did you know that when our museum was created in 1939 it was called the Nevada State Museum and Art Institute? With assistance of the Nevada Art Association (a former Nevada organization separate from the current Nevada Artists Association), our first art exhibit was presented in the east wing of the second floor of the […]

June Curator’s Corner

Did you know that the 1977 Nevada Legislature designated the official State Fossil to be an ichthyosaur? In 1989 this statute was amended to specify this state symbol as Shonisaurus popularis. There are two well-known examples of fossil marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs from Nevada. Specimens of one type have been found in the Humboldt Mountains […]

May Curator’s Corner

Sadly, this is the second year that we had to cancel the Museum’s annual Lei Day event; however, in lieu of live music, hula performances, and lei making, I want to highlight the Museum’s small tapa collection. Tapa is the common name for cloth made from the inner bark of trees. Throughout the Pacific islands, […]

April Curator’s Corner

Two thousand twenty-one marks the sesquicentennial of the Nevada State Capitol . San Francisco architect, Joseph Gosling, designed this building with classic Greek elements, characterized by pediments and columns, softened with Italianate touches, such as rounded window arches, and its most distinctive feature, a cupola making it Carson City’s tallest building at its first centennial. […]

March Curator’s Corner

March is Women’s History Month. This year, due to the pandemic and the cancellation of many events, the National Women’s History Alliance is continuing its last theme, “Valiant Women of the Vote,” by adding the phrase, “Refusing to be Silenced.” This will allow many women’s history centennial events to continue into 2021.

February Curator’s Corner

An interesting part of early Nevada mining history is how ethnically diverse the population was. People from all over the world came to Nevada to seek their fortunes in Nevada mining and the industries that grew up around mining. The Chinese were one of these groups. During the 19th century Chinatowns were built alongside every boomtown in Nevada. Tuscarora was no exception. This late 19th century practice drum from Tuscarora appears to have been fashioned from found materials. It is meant to help a student drummer learn to hit the drum in the center. The donor of this drum was a member of the Tuscarora Chinatown band.