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Exhibits to Visit: October Edition

Reno Tahoe museums contribute largely to the culture here in Reno, and there are always wonderful exhibits to visit around town. One exhibit you cannot miss is the celebration of Nevada’s 150th birthday, which will be featuring several iconic documents, including The Emancipation Proclamation. From birthday celebrations to wildlife exploration, here are a few major exhibits going on around town.

nevada art 2The Nevada Museum of Art is celebrating Nevada’s big day with a special exhibit that displays artifacts that tell the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood with their 36th Star: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State exhibit (through November 1). Three of the museum’s galleries hold special documents and objects, such as the original copy of the Nevada State constitution, artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor, Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan that date back to 1867, and much more! This exhibit is a rare and special event, hosting historical objects that the museum tracked down and loaned from museums across the state and nation. It is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit that provides visitors a unique opportunity to see all these historical objects in one place. The celebration continues on October 16 with a historical lecture by curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’Sullivan’s photography of the civil war. The birthday celebration comes to a close on November 1 with a steampunk ball and carnival, Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration. At this event, visitors are encouraged to engage in the “grand re-imagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past.” The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display at the event, as well as on October 30 and 31 and November 2, and visitors are encouraged to dress in costume appropriate for an 1864 party!  For more information on this event visit http://blog.visitrenotahoe.com/nevada-museum-of-art-the-36th-star/.

The Nevada Museum of Art is also showing films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour, which consists of six different session of more than 20 independent films from the festival. These films focus on wilderness, wildness, the great outdoors, culture, and environment. Starting with a Kids and Family session at 10:30 on October 18, the event continues until 7:00 that evening. Join others in exploring the wilderness that surrounds us and enjoy a day filled with films and a unique take on outdoor life.

The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center hosts the annual Western Heritage Festival on October 4. Celebrate Nevada arts, culture and traditions through experiential learning. Enjoy demonstrations in basket-weaving, spinning, quilting and saddle-making. There will be cowboy poetry, live music and dancers, displays and children’s activities.

An 11-month exhibit at Reno’s National Automobile Museum is coming to an end on October 10, 2014. The World War II Hits Home exhibit tells the story of WWII in Nevada. It demonstrates the commitments of America’s automakers to producing resources for the war, such as tanks, ammunition, and aircrafts. Learn of the impact on daily life, commitments of local families, and the history of the Tonopah Army Air Field. The exhibit is enriched by the presence of artifacts from private collections, and it is an exhibit that no history buff should miss.

See the Spirit of Adventure and Help Save Nevada’s Resources

Rock ClimbingCome join our celebration of the great outdoors at the 10th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival Truckee Meadows Tour. The spirit of outdoor adventure in all its glory comes to life on screen through spectacular stories of skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking and much more. Remote locations and stunning scenery make this film festival a must-see for adventurers of all ages and skill levels. Plus, an exciting outdoor adventure raffle offers guests an unforgettable experience.

The adventure begins Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m.  in John Ascuaga’s Rose Ballroom. All seats are assigned, and tickets are available through John Ascuaga’s Nugget. General admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. VIP seating is also available for $43, which includes one year’s membership in Nevada Land Conservancy.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the Nevada Land Conservancy’s largest annual fundraiser. Established in 1998, the Nevada Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving and protecting Nevada’s open spaces and special places for future generations. As the state’s first “Nevada-Born” land trust, the Conservancy meets open space needs by working closely with area landowners, businesses, environmental organizations, and public officials. The Nevada Land Conservancy has protected more than 39,000 acres to date through acquisition, facilitation and partnership!
For more information on Banff or the Nevada Land Conservancy mission, please visit www.nvlc.org or call (775) 851-5180.
-Becky Stock