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Jun 11, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Photograph courtesy of Max Chapman, Reno Historical

I’ve long been interested in old buildings and historic preservation, and so after moving to Nevada, I was delighted to join the board of Preserve Nevada.  It’s a statewide organization, based at UNLV, which is dedicated to the preservation of Nevada’s cultural, historical, and archeological heritage.

Every other year, Preserve Nevada puts out a list of significant places that it deems to be of concern in some way in terms of historic preservation.  Usually there are just 11 names on that list and normally, they are all considered “endangered”.  However this year, to mark Nevada’s sesquicentennial, the board came up with 150 places which fell into three...

Feb 14, 2014 | Posted by Nevada Humanities

Just over a week ago, the town of Elko played host to thousands of visitors from all over the world who descended on north east Nevada for the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. It was the Gathering’s 30th year and among those in attendance was Rachel Hopkin. Rachel is a folklorist and radio producer who works for Nevada Humanities and she put together this report for KUNR about this event which – as she found out - had a very particular focus this year.

This report aired as part of KUNR's...

Sep 10, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

When I wrote my last Nevada Humanities blog post, it was early July and the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua had taken place in Reno just a week or so earlier.  Now that seems like forever ago, but in order to recreate some of the flavour of the experience, I’ve been making a selection of audio slide shows based on material recorded during the event. I thought I’d post a few of them up here, just in case you’re a) wondering what you missed, or b) would like a way to tap into memories. 

I hope you enjoy them.

This one features audience members – many of whom attend year in, year out - talking about what they love about the event:

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Jun 7, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Nevada Humanities’ Humanities on the Road program is one of our longest running ventures and it’s one of the key ways in which we can connect our work with people and communities across our fine state. Basically, it is a roster of carefully-selected expert presenters who are ready and willing to travel throughout Nevada to provide engaging public programs that explore the history, culture, and heritage of this region and beyond. These programs can be booked by any not-for-profit organization or group within the state at a very low cost; museums, libraries, cultural centers, for example, have all made good use of Humanities on the Road.

I took over the running of ...

Feb 8, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Nevada Humanities's newest member of staff, Rachel Hopkin, on a visit to the Valley of Fire State Park.

As this is only my second blog for Nevada Humanities, I feel I should introduce myself before going any further: I’m Rachel Hopkin, I’m a folklorist and a radio producer by training, and I’m Nevada Humanities’ newest member of staff, having only joined the organization just a few months back.

Since taking up the role of Program Manager here, I’ve been repeatedly asked to explain what exactly Nevada Humanities is and what we do, so I thought I’d use this post to address that question.

Nevada Humanities is...

Feb 6, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Hopkin

Last week, I attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering for the first time. It’s an annual event that takes place each year in Elko, Nevada, and as an Englishwoman who has only been living in the state for a few months, I can say that its plethora of poetry, prose and musical performances, panel discussions, exhibits and workshops, all provided a splendid means of getting acquainted with traditional Western culture. Among the highlights was having the chance to chat with two of the finest cowboy poets around – Paul Zarzyski and Wally McRae.

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