The Truth Behind the Icon: The Real Story of the 1899 Nevada Women’s Basketball Team

Their eyes gleam with intensity and barely a smile cracks their faces. Their uniforms are bulky and cumbersome, long gathered skirts and full sleeves, prim and buttoned collars. The number 99 is conspicuously emblazoned on each. One of them holds a basketball, gazing steadily at the camera. Unlike many turn-of-the-century portraits of women, carefully posed …

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“Elephants in the Casino” Exhibit Closing Soon

Our current exhibit about the history of John Ascuaga’s Nugget will be closing on July 28.  If you have not yet had a chance to view “Elephants in the Casino”, your time is running out!  The exhibit covers the earliest years of the Nugget’s development under its first owner, Dick Graves, with John Ascuaga as …

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Nevada in Film

Over the years, Nevada has been a popular place for the filming of motion pictures. UNR, specifically, has been featured in a number of films. During the 1940s-1950s, the charming, traditional ‘academic’ style of campus buildings made the University of Nevada an ideal location for filming movies with campus settings. In that time, eight Hollywood …

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“East Lynne” Melodrama Production October 23

Our final contribution to the 150th anniversary for Nevada’s statehood is a readers’ theater production of “East Lynne: A Story of Modern Life.” The play was taken from an English magazine serial, published as a novel by Mrs. Henry Wood in 1861. After it was dismissed by the British literary establishment as immoral, sensationalist, and …

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Reno’s Noted Bandleader/Accordionists, Tony Pecetti and Louie Rosasco

While working on our latest Special Collections exhibit, I discovered some interesting stories and facts relating to Reno bands and dance halls in the first half of the twentieth century. But, as usual, some of the research led to more questions, still unanswered. The exhibit is the third and last of a series commemorating 150 …

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All That Jazz

‘Great oaks from little acorns grow,’ a 14th century proverb, is very applicable to the Reno Jazz Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. The oldest educational festival in the western United States, its mission is to provide a stimulating and educational environment for jazz students, jazz educators, and jazz supporters who gather each …

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The Art of Gaming + Exhibit ends soon

If you haven’t seen our building-wide exhibit, you will want to stop by before September 15th. The heart of the show is the collection of sculptures commissioned in 1995 by the Stremmel Gallery for Reno’s Hampton Inn tower and a show at Harrah’s, The Art of Gaming. Enhancing our current exhibit are paintings, sculptures and photographs never …

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World Famed Artists Will Give Recitals

From the Reno Evening Gazette, August 9, 1910, p. 5        Byron G. Harlan and Ada Jones, the famous artists whose voices have delighted a million owners of Victor and Edison phonographs, are in Reno for a few days.        The admirers of their records which are the most popular on the list, will have an …

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