POSTCARD HISTORY OF LAS VEGAS By Connie Mancillas - 04/10/2009 Traveling Nevada
The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas will host an autograph reception and panel discussion on the history of Las Vegas in postcards on Friday, May 8, 2009.
Authors Lynn Zook, Carey Burke, and Allen Sandquist have compiled Las Vegas, 1905 – 1965 [Arcadia Publishing, 2009], which details the history of the city through hundreds of black-and-white postcards, from its post-auction beginning in 1905 to the height of its golden age as a resort destination in 1965. Few who know Las Vegas today will recognize its agricultural roots in images of the Stewart Ranch, the shady neighborhoods that grew up between the world wars, or the small, unpretentious motels and auto courts once scattered around the city. Las Vegas’s resort industry matured during the 1950s and ’60s, and postcards from the book reflect the mid-century modern elegance of such vanished hotel casinos as the Hacienda, Desert Inn, and the New Frontier.
All three authors grew up in Las Vegas. Zook, founder of the history website classiclasvegas.com, has long been preserving her hometown’s story through oral histories and panel discussions. Allen Sandquist, a photographer whose images of Las Vegas have been widely published, and Carey Burke are both avid collectors of Las Vegas ephemera and memorabilia. The postcards in Las Vegas, 1905 – 1965, were culled from Sandquist’s and Burke’s collections, as well as from the archives of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.
Zook, Burke, and Sandquist will autograph their book at the museum from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, and will discuss their project afterward from 7:00 till 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas Volunteer and Docent Council.
The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is located at 700 Twin Lakes Drive in Lorenzi Park. The museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. General admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 55 and over, and free to children 17 and under.
The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is one of seven museums managed by the Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Culture Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Historic Preservation Office, Nevada State Library and Archives, and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323.
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