Nevada State Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary in Carson City |

Nevada State Museum to celebrate 75th anniversary in Carson City

Nevada Appeal staff report

Although this year’s Nevada Day celebration falls on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Nevada State Museum is inviting the public for a pre-party.

Actually, it’s their 75th birthday — and yes, there’s going to be cake, thanks to Carson High School seniors, who are designing and baking it.

But in addition, special museum medallions will be minted and sold that day — made out of a limited amount from Nevada silver.

On Oct. 31, 1941 the museum opened in the former U.S. Mint Building. Since that day, the museum has stood as a sentinel in the heart of Carson City, preserving and celebrating the shared heritage of all Nevadans. The building began as the U.S. Mint in the 19th century and was reborn as the museum following the efforts of Judge Clark Guild, who raised community and financial support for the permanent place to tell Nevada stories.

To honor the anniversary, the historic Coin Press No. 1 will strike special medallions, some made of Nevada silver, on sale along with T-shirts in the museum store.

Free admission of a Behind the Scenes tour will be held Friday and Saturday. Mark Twain — played by Nevada award winner for Excellence in School and Library Service, McAvoy Layne — will be in the area for meet and greets. During the day of the event, there will be activities for kids of all ages, including food and raffles.

The museum is also searching for locals born on Oct. 31, 1941 to celebrate the big 75 with them. Tips can be submitted by calling 775-687-4810.

The anniversary event is Friday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Nevada State Museum.