Double Down - A Blog

Jul 11, 2013 | Posted by Bobbie Ann Howell

Getting out into the open spaces this spring has been heaven, and the idea of a real slide show where you get everyone together and make them look at your travel photos like some grand explorer seems dreamy. I realize that it’s mostly fun for the person putting on the show. Slides shows have new life these days - with everyone instantly posting their experiences, dinner, oddities, etc… but the whole story at one sitting may be lost among the vast snippets of life we are endlessly shooting into cyberspace. I hope these blog posts serve to share a bit of the story as well.

On my way up to Reno for the annual Nevada Humanities Chautauqua, my friend Anne Hoff and I took a...

Jul 9, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

As one of Nevada Humanities’ two staff members based in the southern state office, I spend most of my time in and around Las Vegas. However, last week – as the heat closed in on my hometown – I was lucky enough to be in the relative cool of Reno where one of our signature programs was having its yearly outing.

Yes - it was time for our annual Chautauqua festival. This week-long event includes workshops, discussions, tours, and, of course, theatrical performances of first person living history given by both professional Chautauquan scholars and the impressive graduates of our Young Chautauqua...

Jun 7, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Nevada Humanities’ Humanities on the Road program is one of our longest running ventures and it’s one of the key ways in which we can connect our work with people and communities across our fine state. Basically, it is a roster of carefully-selected expert presenters who are ready and willing to travel throughout Nevada to provide engaging public programs that explore the history, culture, and heritage of this region and beyond. These programs can be booked by any not-for-profit organization or group within the state at a very low cost; museums, libraries, cultural centers, for example, have all made good use of Humanities on the Road.

I took over the running of ...

Jun 3, 2013 | Posted by Nancy Cummings

[The above image is of Dr. Elwood Schmidt and Nancy Cummings. All images courtesy of Nancy Cummings.]

This blog comes to us courtesy of board member Nancy Cummings.

As a Nevada Humanities Board member and a 4th generation Nevadan, I am deeply interested in the history of my home state.  I recently interviewed Dr. Elwood Schmidt who is writing a history of the development of emergency services in Nevada.  The following is an excerpt from that interview:

Nancy:   “What is this you are writing about?”

Dr. Schmidt:  “I’m writing a history of emergency services in Nevada as told by the people who were active in providing the services during the “modern” era, the time after the national white paper in 1966 showed the enormous...

May 28, 2013 | Posted by Richard Hooker

This week, we are delighted to welcome our very first guest blogger: Richard Hooker. Richard is an artist and the owner of the RTZvegas studio in downtown Vegas. He was also the winner of our inaugural “Friend and Champion of the Humanities” Award. Photographs below are courtesy of Bobbie Ann Howell.

Mark Hall-Patton - Director of the Clark County Museum and a regular on the famed “Pawn Stars” TV show - recently spun a lively tale of how roads, rails and trails were a genesis for the...

May 21, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

I got an email from my Dad last week that said, "Hey! David Sedaris talked about Reno on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!"

Oh dear. Usually when Reno makes it into a conversation on a national stage it's never a flattering moment -- especially when the mention is on a show celebrated for its biting wit, and said conversation is between two of America's greatest observational satirists.

If you live in the Reno area or watch The Daily Show, then you might have seen the clip or read the Reno Gazette-Journal article discussing Sedaris's comments.

Here's the brief interview clip if you want to watch before you continue reading:

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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.]

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