May Members Meeting

Post Meeting Report

The Friends May meeting was held on May 19 at the Museum. Thirty-four people were in attendance to hear Carson Fehner, Park Interpreter at the Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park entertain and inform us all of the history of the Mormon Fort. Carson was well versed on Fort lore and history and was extremely informative at tying the Fort’s history into the growth and development of Las Vegas. Thank you, Carson for a great presentation!

Key points from the business meeting were:

  1. The puppets purchased by the Friends for use in Saturday programs have been delivered. The average number of children at discovery Saturday is averaging 150-200 per day.
  2. Three of the new mannequins purchased by the Friends are on display in the lobby in a new exhibition.
  3. A number of artifacts in the Traveling Trun ks have been damaged. Dave Ford, Friends member, has volunteered to try and repair,
  4. Current total financial assets of the Friends is $14,893.
  5. Both book fairs were successful. We are awaiting final results from Barnes and Noble.
  6. Members have responded very well to the request for books for the shelf outside of the library. The shelves are full and we still have a significant number of books in storage. Thank you!
  7. The Friends are hosting a fundraiser at Cafe Zupas on W. Lake Mead on June 21. The Friends will receive a donation from Zupas of 20% of the receipts from all people who mention the Friends or the museum.
  8. Due to requests from multiple members, we will be reinstituting a “donations tree” at the June meeting. The items on the tree will be small operational items that staff requires to complete their daily tasks.
  9. Our silent auction will occur in November. We are canvassing for donations now. Please consider turning your credit card points inti gift cards which can be auctioned.
  10. Our next members’ meeting will be held on June 16th at 2:30 pm at the Museum. The speaker will be Nick Saines and his subject will be “Glaciation of the Spring Mountains”

Thursday, May 19 is the next meeting of the Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. We will meet at the Museum (309 S. Valley View Blvd) at 2:30 PM (doors open at 2 PM). Join us – all are welcome!

Our guest speaker is Carson Fehner, the park interpreter at the Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park. Carson, with his immense background and knowledge of the park, will certainly be able to tell us all we want to know about the park and its history. This promises to be an interesting and enlightening discussion.

The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley, features the historic remains of an adobe fort built by missionaries along a spring-fed creek in 1855. The creek, the only free-flowing water for miles around, provided irrigation for fields and orchards and the 150 foot-square outpost served as a way station for travelers. Today the park is located in what is now Downtown Las Vegas and contains the oldest standing structure in the state and a visitor center with exhibits and photos that illustrate the history of the site. The talk will offer a broad overview of the site’s history, an examination of prominent historical themes at the park, and a brief summation of what visitors can see there today.

Please join us On May 19! ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOME!