Double Down - A Blog

May 13, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

Recently on my travels I was able to spend some time in Tonopah, Nevada.  I used to go to Tonopah quite a bit when my sister Sherry lived there and we had more than one “ghost filled” New Year's Eve at the famous Mizpah Hotel. Well, we told a lot of ghost stories, but I'm not sure we saw the resident ghost -- though we did see amazing things fly in the sky.

On this trip we stayed at the historic and beautiful Mizpah again, had a good meal, enjoyed talking with the staff, and relaxed from our drive that, over the course of the week, had led us up through Amargosa Valley, Death Valley, Beatty and Goldfield, and, on the way back home, from Reno.  The high bed with soft pillows, the handmade soap, and the deep claw foot bathtub were a welcomed luxury.

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May 6, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

A couple of weeks ago, one of my new Las Vegas friends gave me a lift to the airport (I’ve only lived in Vegas for 6 months so actually all my Las Vegas friends are new). I was off for a week in Chicago, a city I adore, and en route I happened to mention another friend, this time of longer-standing, who had recently moved from the Windy City to a smaller town out west to take up a job. Alas, she has not since taken a great liking to her new environment.

My new friend was unsympathetic to my old friend’s plight. He suggested that a little preliminary online research would have furnished her with enough information to know whether the western town was a fit and that her reaction subsequent to her move was born of lack of self-knowledge.

I could not have disagreed more and...

Apr 22, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

What can we say about the week of April 15, 2013?  This week must have brought back to many of us the days of September 11, with the questions of why, how, what on earth could have been the motive to take the lives of people who were just going about their everyday business.  In the case of the Boston bombing, to walk into a group of family and friends and take their lives, injure entire families, and knowing by doing such an act, ending their own lives as well.  These are questions I have been hearing all week as we talk with each other and watch the non-stop news, and think about the people across the globe who also have been living in situations of chaos and violence.

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Apr 12, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

Nevada Test Site Overview
Author: Alan Moore

Formerly the Nevada Proving Grounds, the Nevada Test Site is located in Nye County about sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, and covers approximately 1,375 square miles. The site begins at the town of Mercury in the southeast and ends at Pahute Mesa in the northwest. It borders the Nellis Test and Training Range and Area 51 at Groom Lake, and it contains portions of Yucca Mountain where the federal government has proposed the construction of an underground nuclear waste storage site.

[Read the rest of this article on the ONE.]

Apr 8, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

For me, the past week or so have seemed to be all about awards. Firstly, there was Nevada Humanities’ own awards ceremony, which took place just before Easter in Carson City. It was my first experience of this biennial event and it was such a pleasure to be a part of. Not only did I get a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of the awardees, but I also got to mix with an audience made up of Nevada Humanities’ friends and supporters. The icing on the cake was seeing the beautiful pieces of work of the Nevada artist Anne Hoff being presented to the winners. (Since buying one of Anne’s prints myself a few months back, she’s become a friend and has also taken on the important role of my...

Mar 27, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

The best thing so far about blogging, besides getting to feel like I am moving a bit more into the world of technological connectivity, is hearing from people who have read the Nevada Humanities blog and felt a sense of the Nevada we are sharing. Thank you for reading; it is wonderful to hear from you.  

March is Women’s History Month and, since my last blog about the various places that intersect our lives, I have been thinking about the people who have also walked alongside me. Many of them have been women of strength and beauty – the kind of women who strike out and have made a difference in their world – worked, loved, and reached out to others.  As girls, there are many women from history who we learn about who spark our imagination, like...

Mar 8, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

One of our goals here at Nevada Humanities is to help enable Nevadans – whether newly transplanted or native born - to forge a greater sense of engagement with the state in which they live.  This is a topic dear to my heart as I recently calculated that in my adult life, I’ve moved to a new place once every two years or so.  I’m now at a point where I’m ready to settle down for a sustained period, and reaching this point coincided with my move to Las Vegas in the fall of 2012. 

I relocated here specifically to take up my position within Nevada Humanities.  My only previous acquaintance with the city had been the brief trip I’d made a few months earlier to interview with my future employers, and whilst I had been totally sold on the job, the fact that it was based in Las Vegas...

Mar 8, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

When I first started working for Nevada Humanities I was tasked with creating an exhibit gallery, which, at the time, was a relatively new functionality on the ONE. I decided to tackle Civil Rights in Nevada. The inspiration was that it was almost February and I wanted to do something for African-American History Month. That said, I was also surprised to discover that we even had a Civil Rights movement in Nevada -- this was something that had been completely glossed over in school and the history is so fascinating, so compelling, and so significant that I wanted to share everything that I had found. In the gallery I included an image of, and a piece of oral history transcript from, Lubertha Johnson.

Johnson was born in Mississippi, but eventually ended up (after some...

Feb 24, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

Okay, so in my first blog I may have confused essay and blog. I do, however, like the idea of “ramblings” quite a bit and this has given me a little freedom to meander. Meandering, it is comforting to know, has been going on for eons – people moving about and crossing over the paths of others, looking for new horizons, places, people, and resources – going on a “walk about” as Rachel, my office mate, now has me saying. I think of all the great quests found in literature and history, meandering in the real world and within our minds. Ideas mull around inside our thoughts looking for a place to land.

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Feb 17, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

Mark Maynard signing books at Sundance Books and Music in Reno, Nevada. Photograph courtesy of Scott Goodin

“The elder statesmen Bill Harrah and Harvey Gross had been dead for many years. The Mapes had been demolished and paved over. The big players, card counters, cheats, crime bosses, and small-time operators had all left town. The once glowing hotel towers, glass-walled ramparts that stood guarding the casinos hidden in their bowels, had been converted into artist lofts and condominiums. Many of these now sat empty, awaiting the next come-out roll in the never-ending craps game that used Virginia Street as its green felt table.”...

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