Wild West and Wall Street meet at new W.M. Keck Museum exhibit

New addition to the W.M. Keck museum offers unique presentation of historical financial documents.

A ColliderCase containing Buffalo Bill's Cody Wyoming Coal Company stock certificate, which uses augmented reality to provide details about the certificate.

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11/21/2017 | By: Patrick Hardin |

The latest addition to the W.M. Keck Museum combines the Wild West and Wall Street, ink & paper with virtual reality, whips and pen in a new collection on display in the Mackay Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno. This

The Schulich Historic Certificate Collection, provided by prominent University donor Seymour Schulich, is an amazing assortment of 87 stock certificates from the nineteenth and twentieth century, as well as artifacts from Buffalo Bill Cody and former Nevada Governor Tasker L. Oddie.

The most noteworthy feature of the collection includes a stock certificate from famous entertainer Buffalo Bill Cody encased within an augmented reality system known as a ColliderCase. A ColliderCase allows for changing digital text and images to appear around the physical object. In this case, the object is a stock certificate from Buffalo Bill's Cody Wyoming Coal Company.

Examining the certificate from an angle will reveal only the physical object, with the digital text and images disappearing. Museum curator Garrett Barmore proudly notes that the W.E. Keck Museum is the first museum in the United States to use this technology.

This collection is on display at the W.M. Keck museum located in the Mackay Mines building, in the heart of the University on the north end of the Quad. A grand opening reception will be held Dec. 2.

Complementing the stock certificates are Buffalo Bill Cody's whip and lariat, as well as a pen used by the twelfth Governor of Nevada Tasker L. Oddie, which was made from a spike that was used at the Mormon station in Genoa, Nevada.

Further plans for this exhibit is to place high-quality scans of the certificates on the Internet, available for researchers around the world to digitally access the collection. Those who are in the area will be able to physically view each and every stock certificate in the collection. Also, this exhibit will be featured in tours given to students in grades K-12.

To mark the opening of this exhibit, the College of Science and W.M. Keck museum is hosting a grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at the W.E. Keck Museum in the Mackay Mines building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be refreshments in this free event open to the public with families encouraged to come down and check out the stock certificates owned by influential figures such as Sam Houston, George Wingfield, and General Santa Ana.

The exhibit will be on display for a year, with a possible second-year extension.

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