The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) was legislation put into place in 1966 in an effort to preserve historical and archaeological sites throughout the United States, and in Nevada we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this act all month long. Many people overlook the historical and archaeological significance of sites throughout the state of Nevada that are within their own towns, or nearby. During the month of May, before the desert weather makes going outside enough of an adventure for most, we encourage you to get out an explore the statewide events celebrating our unique history.
Nevada Historic Events
Historic Resources Commission Scavenger Hunt
May 2nd to 27th – Carson City, NV
Fun for children of all ages this scavenger hunt located in our state capital, Carson City, takes you on a tour of historic properties throughout the Carson City Historic District. The goal is to find 30 historic architectural building features of buildings contained in the Historic District from pictures provided. Follow This Link to visit the website and receive your packet. Participants with all of the correct answers will be entered int a drawing for a FREE lunch for two at Cafe at Adele’s.
May 1st to 31st – Dayton, NV
The Dayton Museum is open all month long featuring miniature-sized working farm equipment and tools made by western artist, Stony Tennant, and old postcards from Pay Neylan’s collection. This event celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month and is sponsored by the Historical Society of Dayton Valley. For more details follow This Link and be sure to check dates and times on their website.
Silver City, Nevada: Preserving a Fascinating History; Protecting a Vibrant Future
May 2nd to May 27th – Silver City, NV
View a display including artifacts from historic Silver City sites showcasing the town’s roots in the 1860’s mining boom, samples of historical and archaeological research, and arts and cultural resources. There are scheduled plays, art, diverse publications and music that the new wave of residents have produced in the last 60 years. This unique combination of Comstock history and desire to protect its present day character has made this a truly one-of-a-kind event. The display will be located at the local US Post Office at 270 Main Street in Silver City on State Route 342. For more details follow This Link to visit their Facebook page.
Belmont Courthouse Tours
May 14th, 15th, 28th, 29th & 30th – Belmont, NV
Cost: FREE – Donations Welcome
The historic Belmont Courthouse, constructed in 1876, served as the Nye County courthouse until 1905, when the county seat was moved to Tonopah. At the turn of the 20th century the great Silver Boom of Belmont was nearing its end, and many of the buildings have since disappeared. On June 13, 1972 the town of Belmont was placed on the National Register for Historic Places, and the Belmont Courthouse was included as part of this historic district. As a result, the Belmont Courthouse remains standing and majestic, and the stories it tells continue to fascinate. Follow This Link to learn more about the Belmont Courthouse, or View the Tour Schedule through September 28th.
Tour the Lake Mansion
May 2nd to 31st – Reno, NV
Cost: FREE – Donations Welcome
The stately Lake Mansion built in 1877 is tied to the City of Reno’s history. Originally the Lake Mansion was located at the corner of South Virginia and California Streets, and was purchased by the founder of Reno, Myron C. Lake, in 1879. From that time through 1971, five prominent Reno families lived in the Lake Mansion. This building has been moved several times over the years and is currently located on Court Street at Arlington Avenue. Follow This Link to learn more, take a virtual tour and take a tour, available each weekday at Noon.