University of Nevada, Reno exhibit and speaker commemorate Nevada’s settlers

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center offers second exhibit leading up to Nevada’s 150th anniversary

3/19/2014 | By: Deanna Hearn  |

In recognition of the state's sesquicentennial, Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada is the second in a series of three Special Collections & University Archives exhibits commemorating 150 years of Nevada history at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Changing Faces and Places: Making Nevada continues the year-long celebration of Nevada's 150 years of statehood with the fascinating stories of Nevada's development of its diverse population. It explores the human dimensions and cultural history of the state through the people who settled in Nevada, their businesses, organizations and the pastimes they enjoyed. The materials displayed were chosen from among the library's extensive collections of photographs, manuscripts, books and campus archives.  

In a free presentation related to the exhibit, Holly Walton-Buchanan, author of Land of the Buckaroo: Historic Ranches of Western Nevada, will discuss the origins of cattle ranching and truck farming in the Truckee Meadows, including the significant contributions of Italian immigrants to the economy. Her presentation will be Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Faculty Graduate Room on the fourth floor of the Knowledge Center.  

The exhibit covers topics ranging from Nevada's immigrant population, ranching and snow surveying to women's suffrage and Nevada's societal changes with the passing of laws on divorce, gaming and the licensing of prostitution. Also included are historical aspects of past campus athletes, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the buildings of well-known architect Frederic DeLongchamps.  

Located on the third floor of the Knowledge Center, Changing Faces and Places is open for viewing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. on two Saturdays: April 12 and May 10. The exhibit runs through June 22.


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