Fourth Ward School receives prestigious award

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Virginia City's Historic Fourth Ward School gave out awards to generations of students, and now the school has received one of its own - an award that only one other Nevada historic site has received.

School museum executive director Barbara Mackey received the National Preservation Honor Award Thursday in Louisville, Ky., from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Only 22 awards are given out annually by the national organization to individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations that preserve architectural and cultural heritages.

Museum bookkeeper Erlene Flanagan said it is a important honor for the school.

The Fourth Ward School, 537 S. C St., will celebrate with a series of events this month.

The school was built in 1876 during the Comstock era and educated students from primary school to graduation until 1936. Storey County took ownership of the property in 1948. After 50 years of vacancy, the building reopened in 1986 as a small museum, dedicated to telling the story of the school and the Comstock's history.

The county and school foundation has reconstructed and restored the interior and exterior. The building was returned to its original color scheme, and modern amenities were added, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Eureka Opera House received the award in 1994.

"It was right after we opened so I just used that award to help promote the building," said Wally Cuchine, facilities director for Eureka County.

He said the award attracts historic preservation buffs.

Contact reporter Becky Bosshart at or 881-1212.

Celebrations planned at Fourth Ward School

What: Reception, tour and presentation

When: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Fourth Ward School, Virginia City

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What: Silver Dinner

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Cost: $50

Contact: Seating is limited to 100 people; reserve by calling 847-0975

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What: Virginia City Community


When: 1 p.m. Oct. 10


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