Nevada Sesquicentennial Planning Committee Meets Friday


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Mary-Sarah Kinner
Communications Director
CARSON CITY, NV - March 27, 2012

Governor Brian Sandoval is kicking off planning for Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2014 with the appointment of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Planning Committee. Charged with helping the state commemorate its historic birth and building cultural appreciation for the event, the committee’s first meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. this Friday, March 30, at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, at the Springs Preserve, 309 S. Valley View Blvd.

“I am delighted to name the Planning Committee for Nevada’s 150th birthday celebration,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Seven Nevadans will work with staff over the next several months to raise funds and plan a year-long series of events and commemorations kicking off on Nevada Day in 2013 and concluding on the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union on October 31, 2014.”

Through exhibits and special events the planning committee will focus on our shared heritage and highlight the Native populations and pioneers from diverse cultures and backgrounds who settled in Nevada and worked diligently to develop the Silver State.

Members of the committee represent history, humanities, business, communications and education. Sandoval named Neena Laxalt, consultant, and Bob Brown editor of the Las Vegas Review Journal, as co-chairs earlier this year. Laxalt and Brown will serve with committee members State Senator Mike McGinness; Ted Olivas, City of Las Vegas; Bud Hicks, of McDonald, Carano, Wilson; Dr. Andy Kirk, UNLV Department of History; and Lori Nelson of Station Casinos. Peter Barton, administrator of the Division of Museums and History of the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs will serve ex officio and coordinate the state’s planning efforts.

The agenda for Friday’s meeting includes discussion of a strategic plan and research and communication to involve the state’s communities in the yearlong celebration culminating on Nevada Day 2014.

Among other elements, the committee will explore involving school tours, traveling exhibits, fundraising and merchandising to promote the Sesquicentennial events both in and out of state. Governor Sandoval has asked the committee to prepare a recommended timeline of events and activities and will apply for grants and sponsorships to help support the effort.

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