Nurturing pride during the sesquicentennial
One hundred fifty is the ultimate milestone birthday, and Nevada’s yearlong sesquicentennial celebrations have undoubtedly created a sense of statewide pride among residents. Exciting times such as these remind us of the significance of unique historical and cultural events within a community, and there’s no better place to commemorate this type of history than with a visit to the nearest museum.
School field trips to museums and galleries have long been considered a great way to carry education outside of the classroom due to the hands-on engagement they provide students. Childhood memories may fade, but feelings of childhood excitement are not easily forgotten. Whether a field trip or a family outing, museums offer a kind of creative storytelling that stands out in the minds of children. Seeing the information in textbooks come to life through the arrangement of live artifacts sparks a thirst for discovery among young kids that cannot be duplicated anywhere else.
These landmarks for civic community engagement also draw in a notable amount of travelers —specifically to the children’s museums, which bring in revenue to local and statewide economies. This type of profit contributes to the advancement of education resources to enhance children’s learning experiences.
Not only are museums popular hubs for professional research but also act as reliable information centers for a diverse range of people with varying demographics. People are brought to a common understanding and cultural appreciation through the unique retelling of history in museums that forever preserve the past.
Now more than ever, this is the time for families to unite and remember Nevada’s rich history over the last 150 years. The Nevada State Museum, Carson City Children’s Museum and the Churchill County Museum are all great destinations for locals and visitors alike to learn about the state’s diverse past. It would be a shame to let this wealth of knowledge remain unabsorbed in young minds that are so ripe for learning and a state so worthy of recognition.
Let the next escape from the pressures of work or school lead to the special foundations that serve as the heart of pride and nostalgia across generations in the towns they occupy. The best birthday gift both locals and visitors can give Nevada as it approaches its 150th birthday in October is learning or celebrating the state’s history through the crucial institutions that were created with the special purpose of honoring past events and cultures.
This editorial, which represents the viewpoints of the LVN Editorial Board, was written by Nina Buckhalter, a student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This arrangement was made through the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.