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Collaborative Celebrates with a Click

The day to celebrate the creation of this portal about the history of African Americans in Las Vegas is about to begin. Director Claytee White and Project Manager Barbara Tabach took a moment to sigh with pride as they eagerly await the press event in the morning and a community event in the afternoon. Hours of work and the efforts of too many people to list here is to be applauded.

Dr. Sonya Horsford shares history of CCSD's integration

Vegas PBS and CCSD’s Equity and Diversity Education Department held a Teacher Event on October 7 at Chaparral High School. Keynote speaker was Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford (shown here), a highly regarded scholar on education and a member of our Community Advisory Board. Her presentation, Freedom Struggle for Equal Education, 1968 – 1994, provided a local context to desegregation and integration of Clark County School District during that time period.

50th Commemoration of 1963 March

The milestone March on Washington was commemorated with two local Las Vegas distinct events both containing a call to action. You may wonder why after 50 years a call to action is even necessary. Although progress is acknowledged by most speakers, blacks in America still have a lower household income and a higher unemployment rate. So economic inequality is still present and still devastating in its reach.

Town Hall Meetings introduced AfAm Collaborative

During this past year of organizing the African American Collaborative, a series of three Town Hall Meetings were hosted at the West Las Vegas Public Library. The meetings introduced community members to the project, encouraging participation as narrators and sharing of personal photos and other memorabilia. The success of this project will be increased by the contributions materials and memories such as these.

10th Anniversary of OHRC Celebrated

Patricia Iannuzzi, Dean of UNLV University Libraries, and Claytee White, Director of Oral History Research Center (OHRC), welcomed guests to a remarkable panel discussion at Lied Library on May 5 to honor the 10th anniversary of OHRC.

Berkley Square unveils new banners

Berkley Square celebrated its National Register Historic Places recognition on February 9, 2013, with the unveiling of banners. Here Courtney Mooney talks to the media that day. Courtney is a member of the African American Collaborative and the Historic Preservation Officer from the City of Las Vegas Department of Planning.

Las Vegas Restaurant Offering Historic Menu Commemorating Titanic Crash

A local Las Vegas restaurant is providing an interesting opportunity for Las Vegas locals to experience a modern take on the historic meal served the night the Titanic crashed. This meal commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the chef-selected menu includes 10 courses inspired by those served to first class passengers just hours before the tragedy occured in 1912.  For more information on the event taking place this weekend, Saturday, April 14, 2012 contact Bar + Bistro in Las Vegas.

Several other restaurants also featured Titantic-themed dining experiences across the country.

To view historic menus from dining aboard ships, you can do a search for "ships" in the Menus: The Art of Dining Collection digital collection.

 

Happy Holidays from UNLV Libraries Digital Collections!

We invite you to take a break from the stress of the season and relax with a few of the rich treasures found in the Menus: Art of Dining Collection. These include historic menus of beautiful design and unique construction created for Christmas and New Year's holiday celebrations. The images are sure to get you in the spirit of the season!

 

Elvis in Las Vegas

Most people know about Elvis Presley’s connection to Las Vegas—there was the 1964 film Viva Las Vegas starring the rock n’ roll icon and screen goddess Ann-Margaret, the countless performances late in his career,  the wedding to Priscilla at the Aladdin Hotel. However, many do not know that it was in part due to Las Vegas that his fledgling career was rescued.

Welcome to Menus: The Art of Dining

On behalf of the entire Project Team who worked on this project at the University Libraries, I would like to welcome you to our newest digital collection.

Recent Object Comments
Photograph of the Sands Hotel front entrance (Las Vegas), circa 1980:
1982 or after
Photograph of Howard Hughes, Tom Thurlow, Harry Connor, Richard Staddart, and Dale Powers, New York, July 4, 1938:
Hi Denise! Thank you for your interest in our digital collections. And thanks for the useful info! We'll update the record very soon. Take care!
Photograph of Howard Hughes, Tom Thurlow, Harry Connor, Richard Staddart, and Dale Powers, New York, July 4, 1938:
For the record, it is Dale Powers. He was my great-uncle and he worked for Howard Hughes for many years.
Photograph of showgirls posing by Dunes Hotel swimming pool, Las Vegas, 1955:
Hi Nancy! Thank you for your interest in our digital collections. What a fantastic photo and we hope if brought back some good memories. Feel free to contact us if...
Photograph of showgirls posing by Dunes Hotel swimming pool, Las Vegas, 1955:
Penny Davidson was my great great aunt. I have the original newspaper clipping of this photo.
Rebel Yell, 1969-11-19:
Thank you for your comments and interest in the digital collections! Sounds like an exciting game!

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