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March 2022: David Gamble Jr.

David Gamble Jr. lives in Reno with his wife and two children. David has performed stand-up comedy for 7 years, and is also a writer with a focus on social and criminal justice. An attorney by training, Gamble worked as a Washoe County public defender for the last six years prior to joining Northern Nevada HOPES community clinic where he currently serves as general counsel.

November 2021: Theo Tso

Born on the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Colony, Theo Tso grew up reading comics — and noticing the lack of Native American superheros. That led the talented artist to create Captain Paiute, an elemental superhero with powers over water who protects reservations in the American Southwest.

September 2021: Luis Varela-Rico

Las Vegas artist Luis Valera-Rico draws on his artistic vision, technological knowledge and metal-working skill to create sculptures that reflect his Mexican heritage as well as Japanese, Meso-America and Native American culture.

June 2021: Carol Brown

This June, our Curator’s Corner examines two spectacular ichthyosaur fossils recovered here in Nevada, that invite us to consider the enormous depth – literally and figuratively speaking – of our geological history. Thanks to the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, our Nevada State Museum in Carson City is able to preserve, document, and share these fossilized moments […]

May 2021: Jackie Pias Carlin

In May our nation recognizes the numerous contributions that generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed to the diversity and vibrancy of our history, society and culture. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month started as a concept in 1978 when the House and Senate presented joint resolutions to President Carter proposing that […]

April 2021: Resident Artist Program in Silver City

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” With the transition of seasons, and Spring in the air, this quote by architect Buckminster Fuller comes to mind poetically referencing the nature of change.  In Carson City, trees have begun to bloom, people are slowly embracing the warmer weather, […]

USS Nevada BB-36 Collection

The USS Nevada Collection at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, holds many unique artifacts from multiple donors throughout the decades, including the iconic USS Nevada Silver Service on permanent display in the History Gallery. These artifacts and archives help tell the story of this battleship and the men who proudly served on her decks. […]

Famed ‘Merci Train’ subject of museum medallion, lectures

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Seventy years ago, on Feb. 21, 1949, a train arrived in Reno carrying a slate-gray boxcar adorned with brightly colored heraldic shields and loaded with gifts from the people of France to the people of Nevada. Loaded aboard a special Virginia & Truckee Railroad flatcar, the historic WWI vintage French boxcar […]

Tours take groups behind the scenes at Nevada State Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Why is there an artificial mud pit on the second floor of the Nevada State Museum? How did a stuffed beaver get the name Gus? What is the oldest Native American basket in the museum’s collection? Every museum has its secrets – locked doors, untold stories, wrinkles and quirks that tickle […]