Double Down posts in Las Vegas

Jul 22, 2014 | Posted by Nancy Cummings

My mother, Ruthe Deskin, a third generation Nevadan was born in Yerington, Nevada, once known as Pizen Switch. Through the years, she was fondly referred to by others as “the girl from Pizen Switch.” 

During her school years in Yerington, she served as the editor of the high school newspaper, and captain of the championship girls’ basketball team. Her best friend Mugs (Marjorie Guild Russell) nicknamed her Cutie which stuck throughout high school.

When she graduated from high school, her father moved the family into Reno as he was determined to have his children attend college.           

She graduated from UNR in 1937 with a degree...

May 21, 2014 | Posted by Nancy Cummings

[Nancy Cummings with George Woods, the New York Times Children’s Book Editor as dinner guests of the Lippincott Publishing Company at the 1973 ALA Conference in Las Vegas.]

This piece was written because after 41 years, the American Library Association is finally coming back to Las Vegas for its annual conference June, 2014.  It was considered a controversial site for years because of its “sin city” image and the ALA Administration steered clear of it as a location for future conferences.  That is no longer the case and Las Vegas is hosting the conference once again.  Here is a recollection of my experiences at the first ALA Las Vegas Conference.

Remembrances of Things Past:  American Library Association Conference—Las Vegas—1973

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Mar 9, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

All photos courtesy Rachel Hopkin/Nevada Humanities

I think I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve led a rather peripatetic existence; so far, as an adult, I’ve lived in fifteen cities across seven countries within three continents. In fact, I was once told by a psychic that I had no “root chakra” and although the rest of our conversation was nonsensical, that part resonated.  So it’s rather ironic that I now work for an organization which considers facilitating a sense of rootedness - or at least a sense of connection - between Nevada’s residents and their beautiful state as part of its raison d’être.

Over the years I’ve learned that the way I best connect with a place is to get out and walk on the land beneath it. Thus, one of the great revelations...

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...

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 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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Mar 8, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

When I first started working for Nevada Humanities I was tasked with creating an exhibit gallery, which, at the time, was a relatively new functionality on the ONE. I decided to tackle Civil Rights in Nevada. The inspiration was that it was almost February and I wanted to do something for African-American History Month. That said, I was also surprised to discover that we even had a Civil Rights movement in Nevada -- this was something that had been completely glossed over in school and the history is so fascinating, so compelling, and so significant that I wanted to share everything that I had found. In the gallery I included an image of, and a piece of oral history transcript from, Lubertha Johnson.

Johnson was born in Mississippi, but eventually ended up (after some...

Mar 8, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

One of our goals here at Nevada Humanities is to help enable Nevadans – whether newly transplanted or native born - to forge a greater sense of engagement with the state in which they live.  This is a topic dear to my heart as I recently calculated that in my adult life, I’ve moved to a new place once every two years or so.  I’m now at a point where I’m ready to settle down for a sustained period, and reaching this point coincided with my move to Las Vegas in the fall of 2012. 

I relocated here specifically to take up my position within Nevada Humanities.  My only previous acquaintance with the city had been the brief trip I’d made a few months earlier to interview with my future employers, and whilst I had been totally sold on the job, the fact that it was based in Las Vegas...