Curatorial Postcards

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.