The city of Las Vegas supports National Preservation Month each year with historically themed events. This year is especially significant because it’s also Nevada’s 150th anniversary of statehood. There are several exciting events hosted by the city and community partners to help everyone celebrate. Some of the upcoming events include:
Vintage Vegas Food Tour, May 10 and 24, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., Downtown Las Vegas, cost: $99/per person
The city’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has partnered with Vegas Valley Food Tours and Nevada Humanities to provide this first-ever delicious and educational event. The HPC is covering the cost for the buses for this combination walking and bus tour that will travel to five vintage restaurants that have withstood the test of time in downtown Las Vegas. Each restaurant, from a bygone era, has been part of the Las Vegas community for at least 25 years. Along the way, there will be recorded interviews of restaurant owners and workers, provided by Nevada Humanities. Between tastings, a local tour guide will highlight historic architecture and cultural features that put Las Vegas on the map.
Helldorado Parade, May 17, 5 p.m., Downtown Parade Route
The city of Las Vegas and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No.1468 are partnering again for the Helldorado Days celebration. Members of the City Council, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commissions will be riding in vintage automobiles.
Nevada’s 150th Anniversary Celebration
Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union of the United States of America Oct. 31, 1864. The state is planning a massive celebration of the 150th anniversary of statehood with events that share the history, culture and future with all who cherish our state. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.
Neon Museum’s Story Time, May 17, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North
In partnership with the Las Vegas Library, children and their parents will enjoy hearing stories read aloud and making seasonal crafts. This event is recommended for preschool-aged children through first graders. Children must be accompanied by an adult for all events. For more information, visit www.nevadapreservation.org.
The Sands Copa Connection Program Series, May 9, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Historic Morelli House, 861 Bridger Ave.
This four-program public history series, hosted by the Junior League of Las Vegas, will focus on the impact of the former Las Vegas Sands legendary Copa Showroom on the development and expansion of Las Vegas in the 1950s and ‘60s. The programs will highlight the Sands’ Copa Girls, the music that was performed at the showroom, and its most famous Rat Pack entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Audiences will receive a specially created Commemorative Copa Connection booklet and view historic photo exhibit at each of the series’ programs, made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities. For more information about the Sands Copa Connection Program Series or the Morelli House Preservation Project, contact info@JLLV.org or call 702-822-6536.
Every Age is an Information Age: 150 Years of Communication in Nevada, May 30, 5:30 p.m., Nevada State Museum, Springs Preserve, 309 S. Valley View Blvd.
A new exhibit traces Nevada’s use of communication technology featuring artifacts from Nevada’s history such as telephones, radios, typewriters, telegrams, photographs, and movie cameras. The exhibit also includes interactive experiences, such as learning how to write in 19th-century cursive and sending a telegram. This is a signature event of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration, and is sponsored by Land Rover Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Centennial Commission. To attend the opening reception, you must RSVP to Stacy Irvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-822-8746.
There are many more exciting events planned for the month of May, such as historical architecture lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, exhibits, social events and even activities for kids. Visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/hp for information about the Vintage Vegas Food Tour and a complete list of activities.
About Nevada Humanities: Nevada Humanities provides opportunities for Nevadans to explore, experience, engage, and understand the world around them. The organization create programs, support projects, and partner in ventures – such as the 2014 Vintage Vegas Restaurant Tour - that define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, and facilitate the investigation of ideas that matter to Nevadans and their communities.