From the Digital Collections Blog...
Mark your calendars for the first broadcast of the documentary African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience, Monday, February 20, 09:00 pm on Vegas PBS Channel 10.
Happy Hanukkah! It’s that time again to greet everyone with a smile and best wishes for the coming year.
If a photograph can take a moment and fill it with truth, this photo taken by my UNLV Special Collections colleague, captures the soul of Jerry Countess. Entitled "Missing Rachel," our colleague Aaron Mayes works his magic to artistically capture Jerry remembering his wife.
“If you cook with love, they’ll love your cooking.” ~ Muriel Stevens is quoted as saying in her obituary this week. This mantra infused much of Muriel’s career as a television chef and newspaper columnist. I can only imagine having a chance to dine with her or cook together.
What happens when you ask a group of high school students to let you watch as they look at your website? You watch to see if they are interested enough to explore the vast amount of information that you have saved to the site. You wonder if their curious nature will inspire them to dig deeper into the site. Or will they jump to their Twitter or Instagram pages?
When we learned that a mysterious storage unit holding a substantial chunk of Jewish Federation’s history had been located, our archivists were elated. Finally we would be able to fill in gaps of the Federation’s history with meeting minutes, photos and event documents. In addition, our ultimate goal to have a complete run of the Jewish Reporter may be attainable.
This blog has been a bit quiet while I was away for the past month. With August we begin our third year of preserving the history of Jews who migrated to Southern Nevada. I came back to a desk piled high with mail, transcripts and other materials. All that is now filed away and I am excited to focus on collecting additional oral histories these coming months.
Here are a few random but important items I’d like to mention:
As the project evolves fun discoveries come to light. Recently we added a 1977 oral history of Mike and Sallie Gordon. As a young couple the Gordons arrived in the dusty desert in January 1932. Soon they were active members in a new and blossoming Jewish community and thriving members of a growing city that would become Las Vegas. Explore the site and read the words of other founders of Las Vegas. A great story awaits you.