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May 02, 2019

A new documentary chronicling the formative years of the city ofLas Vegas is now playing. 

You can watch via the GoVegas app and on the Roku,Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms or here. To find the documentary and additional cityprogramming search “GoVegas.”

“The City of Las Vegas, the Early Years,” wascommissioned by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, and focuses on thefounding and first 20 years of the community. The documentary was produced byBoyd Productions LLC. Prior to the screening, there will be a reception from6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, featuring actors from theRainbow Company in character as early Las Vegans.

The documentary was funded by the Commissionfor the Las Vegas Centennial. The commission has established a grant program tosupport community initiatives that are of a historic nature, by utilizing therevenue generated from the special commemorative Las Vegas Centennial licenseplate.

 The plate is available through the Nevada Departmentof Motor Vehicles , and features the famous "Welcome to FabulousLas Vegas" sign designed by Betty Whitehead Willis in 1959, which stillstands in the median island south of Tropicana Avenue on Las Vegas Boulevard.

 Since 2005, the commission has awarded morethan $21 million in grants to projects like the Helldorado Parade andLas Vegas Days Rodeo, as well as the restored, vintage neon signs that are inthe medians on Las Vegas Boulevard downtown. The funds have also helpedpreserve the city’s history through projects like the Historic Westside School,the Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum.

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