While the national election has come to its surprising end, our political exhibit, “On the Road to Office: Campaigns, Elections and Governance” lives on until November 18. You still have time to view the politics of Nevada’s past by seeing items pulled from our many political collections.
Fierce campaign battles have been going on every election between candidates and among their supporters, and from those who see that change is needed to keep going forward.
- How the growth of Nevada’s population after World War II had overwhelmed existing school buildings and the work to get bond measures passed for their construction;
- How building support among many organizations and individuals concerned with the fate of the Black Rock/High Rock desert area created its National Conservation Area;
- Or the campaigns of Senator Paul Laxalt for the election and re-elections of President Ronald Reagan;
- And Laxalt’s own tough 1980 campaign against Mary Gojack. (In his victory speech he used the phrase “We are committed to making American great again.”)
There is also a primer on how to run a campaign which has examples of many people’s way of addressing the suggested 10 points. Point #9 is to not run a negative campaign!
Does history really repeat itself? Can individuals learn from the past? Our goal in creating this exhibit is to help reveal the state’s political past by exposing those various historical events to both new as well as contemporary generations of Nevadans so that they understand the present and can make informed decisions about their future.