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Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: “Past, Present & Future of the Sutro Tunnel”

Proposed in 1860 by Prussian mining engineer Adolph Sutro as a means to prevent flooding in mines and to mine even deeper within Nevada’s high desert terrain, the Sutro Tunnel is a 3.88 mile drainage tunnel originating in Dayton, Nevada and connecting with the Comstock Lode in Virginia City. After spending almost 20 years in […]

Frances Humphrey Lecture Series “On the Trail of the Jackalope” by Michael Branch

Perhaps you think jackalopes are just the stuff of legends—curio items you might spot on the wall of a novelty taxidermist. Well, there’s more to this cottontail than meets the eye, as Michael P. Branch explores in his new book, On the Trail of the Jackalope: How a Legend Captured the World’s Imagination and Helped […]

Encore Curator’s Corner

Curator’s Corner is a monthly series that will feature a museum artifact or group of artifacts. Since 1941, the museum has collected and interpreted objects related to Nevada’s unique heritage, including historical, cultural, anthropological and natural history artifacts. Curator’s Corner will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of […]

Curator’s Corner

Curator’s Corner is a monthly series that will feature a museum artifact or group of artifacts. Since 1941, the museum has collected and interpreted objects related to Nevada’s unique heritage, including historical, cultural, anthropological and natural history artifacts. Curator’s Corner will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of […]

Curator’s Corner

Bees, Bats, and Butterflies: What’s the Buzz on Pollinators? Many plants are pollinated when different insects, birds, and even bats fly among flowers feeding on pollen or nectar. As these animals move around they transmit pollen between flowers. Without these helpers, many beautiful and commercially important plants would not be able to reproduce. Flowers and […]

Encore Curator’s Corner

Curator’s Corner is a monthly series that will feature a museum artifact or group of artifacts. Since 1941, the museum has collected and interpreted objects related to Nevada’s unique heritage, including historical, cultural, anthropological and natural history artifacts. Curator’s Corner will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of […]

Reno Coin Club Display

On the last Saturday of the month members of the Reno Coin Club will have a display in the museum concourse from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. In addition to rare coins and coin collecting information they will also be selling the new American Women quarters at face value. Come down and learn more about […]

Family Fun Saturday: Tapa Decorating

Tapa is the common name for cloth made from the inner bark of trees. Throughout the Pacific islands, the paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) is most often used to make barkcloth.  Tapa is made by beating strips of bark together into a larger fabric using wood tools on a wood or stone anvil. Plain tapa is […]

Juneteenth Holiday

Juneteenth, which was named a federal holiday last year, commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed the slaves that the Civil War was over, and they were liberated. The news reached the enslaved African-Americans 2.5  years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is the oldest […]