June Members Meeting

June Meeting Report

JUNE MEETING OF THE FRIENDS:

The June meeting of the Friends was held on June 20th at 2:30 pm in the Museums Event Room. An audience of 40 participated in the business meeting and was thoroughly entertained by the guest speaker. The details of the meeting were:

  1. The meeting was called to order at 2:30pm and the minutes for the May meeting were approved.
  2. Museum update:
    • The Postcard exhibit opened on June 14 with an evening reception enjoyed by all.
    • The museum is in the process of hiring a registrar and a curator of archives (library).
    • Effective June 17th, museum members can access the Preserve and Museum at 8am.
  3. Financials:
    • Checking – $39,164
    • Savings – $5,008
    • Of the checking amount, $15,100 has been committed to projects.
  4. Old business:
    • The Wine Tasting Event had 16 attendees and was enjoyed by all.
    • The Friends are working with the Museum staff to host a Dino Day on July 27 from 10am to 4pm. We are seeking volunteers for 2-hour shifts.
    • The autumn on-line auction will occur from November 8-22. We are seeking donations of gift cards from businesses, hotels, etc.
    • We will be covering the cost ($2,400) for the museum to work with the DRI to build two new boxes.
  5. New business:
    • We have completed all expenses for the 2023/2024 OAG grant.
    • We have been awarded a $10,000 grant by the OAG (County) for the 2024/2025 year.
    • The May book fair generated $1,923.41 for the Friends.
    • We have been awarded a new $10,000 grant by the Lanie Albrecht Foundation to be used for educational activities.
    • The membership voted unanimously to purchase a 75″ Vibe white board for the museum to be used in various educational activities.
  6. The July meeting speaker will be tiffany Pereira, an ecologist with the Desert Research Institute.
  7. Our speaker for the meeting was Angelo Robledo, an Atlatl expert who discussed the development of stone tool technologies in early humans, from simple flakes and choppers to complex spear points and knife blades. He also gave an overview of the atlatl, a 30,000-year old Ice Age spear-throwing weapon designed to hunt megafauna, and discussed its particular relevance to southwestern US history.

Angelo’s presentation was fascinating, interesting, and educational. It certainly caught the interest of the group as attested by the questions and discussion around the “show and tell” artifacts
Angelo brought to display. The Friends would like to thank Angelo for his great presentation and an interesting discussion.

Photos courtesy of Myron Hatcher

June Meeting of the Friends

Join us on Thursday, June 20 at 2:30 pm in the museum events center for our June members meeting.  Doors open at 2pm. There is no cost to attend the meeting.  All are welcome!

Our speaker for the afternoon will be Angelo Robledo, from the Far Western Anthropological Research Group.  Angelo is an experimental archaeologist, with immense experience speaking to groups around the country about stone age technology.

Angelo is an Atlatl expert and will discuss the development of stone tool technologies in early humans, from simple flakes and choppers to complex spear points and knife blades.  He will also give an overview of the atlatl, a 30,000-year-old Ice Age spear-throwing weapon designed to hunt megafauna and discuss its particular relevance to Nevada history.

Join us for this fascinating discussion!