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Apr 12, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

Nevada Test Site Overview
Author: Alan Moore

Formerly the Nevada Proving Grounds, the Nevada Test Site is located in Nye County about sixty-five miles northwest of Las Vegas, and covers approximately 1,375 square miles. The site begins at the town of Mercury in the southeast and ends at Pahute Mesa in the northwest. It borders the Nellis Test and Training Range and Area 51 at Groom Lake, and it contains portions of Yucca Mountain where the federal government has proposed the construction of an underground nuclear waste storage site.

[Read the rest of this article on the ONE.]

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...

Feb 15, 2013 | Posted by Karen Wikander

"To Reno, the biggest little city in the world, American cradle of liberty."
"To Reno, beautiful emblem of the great divide."

Two toasts to Reno from George Cukor's 1939 film, The Women, as a train filled with women from New York head west to Nevada, the divorce capital of the twentieth century. The ONE has a great article on this Reno phenomenon, written by historian and anthropologist Mella Harmon.  As she explains, "journalists and gossip columnists called it the 'Great Divide,' a destination for divorce seekers who wanted to take 'the cure,' get 'Reno-vated,' and according to legend, throw their wedding rings into the Truckee River from the Virginia Street 'Bridge of Sighs.'"

Read Harmon's article, "...