Curator’s Corner

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.