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Nevada Historical Society (NHS)


Nevada Historical Society, University of Nevada, Reno

Nevada Historical Society in Reno, Nevada.

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About the Nevada Historical Society Society:

The Nevada Historical Society (NHS) is the state's oldest museum. The NHS facility in Reno houses a vast collection of artifacts and documents that chronicle Nevada's history. The collection covers everything from the time of prehistoric people through the coming of white settlers and the vast changes they wrought. Also included are stories about the two big economic endeavors that continue shaping Nevada today - gambling and mining.

Programs and Exhibits the Nevada Historical Society Society:

The Shepperson Gallery houses permanent exhibits about the human history of Nevada over thousands of years. Throughout the year, other exhibits and programs come to NHS Changing Gallery. For a recorded message, call (775) 688-1190.

Nevada Historical Society Society Collections:

NHS maintains its inventory in five main collections. Refer to these on the NHS website to learn about what you'll find in each...

Research Library at the Nevada Historical Society Society:

The Nevada Historical Society's Research Library contains the most extensive collection of historical materials in Nevada. Public access is available to these items, which include books, newspapers and periodicals, maps, government documents, manuscripts of diverse individuals and organizations, and over 500,000 photographs. The Research Library is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Staff is on hand to answer questions and assist with research projects.

Nevada Historical Society Society Museum Store:

The Museum Store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store carries a nice selection of items and books related to Nevada history, like books, maps, kids' stuff, and videos and CDs. It is well worth checking out during a visit to the Nevada Historical Society.

Membership and Volunteering at the Nevada Historical Society Society:

Among other things, members receive discounts in the Museum Store and free admission to all state museums in Nevada. Volunteer docents are always needed to help with a variety of tasks needed to operate the museum. If you are interested in applying, download the Docent Training/Volunteer Program Application.

Visiting the Nevada Historical Society Society:

The Nevada Historical Society is located at the north end of the University of Nevada, Reno campus, 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89503. The information phone is (775) 688-1190. There is limited parking next to the building. If the lot is full, museum staff can give you a temporary permit to park in UNR permit spaces. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 17 and under. Admission to the Research Library is free.

Sources: Nevada Historical Society, Nevada Commission on Tourism.

Books About Reno History:

Early Reno - A book of historic Reno photographs compiled by the Nevada Historical Society Docent Council.

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Historic Photos of Reno - A coffee table-sized book on Reno with pictures and commentary covering Reno from around 1868 to the end of the 1970s. Author Donnelyn Curtis is a librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, Director of Research Collections & Services, and head of Special Collections.

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Nevada Ghost Towns & Mining Camps: Illustrated Atlas - Author Stanley W. Paher brings us an excellent book about exploring northern Nevada ghost towns (there is a companion book covering southern Nevada). Together with a little history of the sites, the book has maps and photos to help you find these historic sites.

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