The city of Las Vegas celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month this May with the theme “See it! Save it! Celebrate it!” Everyone can participate in the preservation of significant monuments, landscapes and neighborhoods by visiting a museum, touring historic sites, or enjoying the Helldorado Days Parade. By joining in this month-long celebration of historic preservation and archaeology, you will learn about our collective heritage and participate in some great outdoor and indoor activities. For more information, call (702) 229-5260.
Las Vegas activities include:
- Free Tickets to Local Museums
Local museums, such as the Mob Museum, Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, the Clark County Museum and the Lost City Museum are offering limited free passes. To reserve passes and see a complete list of participating museums, go online. The deadline to register is May 8.
- Pathways to Progress Bus Tour and Lunch Lecture
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission and Nevada Humanities are hosting the “Pathways to Progress” bus tour and lecture that will be led by Clark County Museum Director Mark Hall-Patton, renowned local historian and regular contributor on the nationally syndicated Pawn Stars television show. Hall-Patton will draw from his extensive knowledge of Las Vegas history to talk about the role of trails, rails, roads and runways in the development of Las Vegas. He will be joined by native Las Vegan and historian Brian Paco Alvarez. The tour will move from downtown Las Vegas to McCarran International Airport and back to downtown via Boulder Highway to the Historic El Cortez hotel-casino for lunch and a lecture about the casino’s history. Peter Moruzzi, southern California historian and author, will showcase the El Cortez history, followed by a “Then and Now” slide presentation of Las Vegas’ mid-century hotels and motels from roadside historian Jerry Stefani. Tickets are $20 each and include the tour and a light lunch. For more details, visit online. The deadline to register is May 8.
- Helldorado Days Parade
Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.
Join the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Elks Lodge #1468 for the Helldorado Days Parade in downtown Las Vegas on the Fourth Street parade route. The parade starts at Gass Avenue and heads north on Fourth Street to Ogden Avenue. Helldorado Days began in 1935 as a means to encourage tourism to the city after the completion of Boulder Dam. Helldorado Days events include a four-day rodeo, parade, carnival, treasure hunt for gold, whiskerino contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show and auction, trail ride, exhibits and food. For more information, go online to www.elkshelldorado.com/.
- “See it! Celebrate it! Early Las Vegas through the Eyes of Early Las Vegans”
Saturday, May 4, 10 to 11 a.m.
Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 E. Washington Ave., (702) 486-3511.
Author and historical interpreter of Helen J. Stewart, Dr. Linda Miller showcases the sites of early Las Vegas and contributions of early Las Vegans in developing the town through her new book, “Early Las Vegas.” She also will discuss how the book was researched. A book signing will follow. Free admission.
- Historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino National Register of Historic Places Plaque Unveiling
Thursday, May 9, 4 p.m.
El Cortez Hotel and Casino, 600 E. Fremont St., (702) 385-5200.
Join Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Ward 3 Councilman Bob Coffin, Historic Preservation Commission Chair Dorothy Wright and others for the unveiling of the bronze plaque commemorating the designation of the historic El Cortez on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Free Day at the Clark County Museum!
Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, (702) 455-7955.
The Clark County Museum boasts a 30-acre site that features a modern exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about Southern Nevada from pre-historic to modern times and is home to the famous Heritage Street, a collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from different decades in Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson and Goldfield. Come see their current exhibit, “Cowboys and Indians: Myth and Reality,” which investigates popular romantic notions and widely held misconceptions of the western frontier, and examines some of the historic and contemporary realities. For more information, visit the website.
- African-American Collaborative Community Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., (702) 507-3989.
The African-American Collaborative wants to hear your stories about working, playing and raising a family in Las Vegas. Bring a few photos and/or items to the meeting and learn how photos and other memorabilia (news clippings, menus, organization flyers and much more) help preserve the stories of the past. Who can bring the oldest photo? Who has a rare photo of the Westside School? Does anyone have a snapshot or menu from a Jackson Street restaurant or other business? Bring along a friend or family member to enjoy light refreshments and prizes. For more information, contact Claytee White or Barbara Tabach at the UNLV Oral History Research Center, (702) 895-2222.
- The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge
Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North, (702) 229-5366.
The Neon Museum will host a panel discussion to commemorate the 1955 opening of The Moulin Rouge. A panel of speakers, including former Moulin Rouge employees, will discuss the role this first racially integrated hotel-casino played in early desegregation efforts in the city. Las Vegas native Stan Armstrong also will screen portions of his new documentary “The Misunderstood Legend of the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge.” Admission is free and open to the public.
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