1960 Clark County NV population is recorded as 127,016.
Hank Greenspun mediated a meeting of local NAACP members and other business leaders to work out an agreement that lifted all Jim Crow restrictions and desgregated Las Vegas. Known as the Moulin Rouge Agreement, African Americans were finally allowed to enter through the front doors of Strip establishments, gamble and attend the shows at the casinos.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) marched on Fremont Street. Targets of their protest were the small population of African Americans and Jews living in Las Vegas.
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.
Today marks Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HoShoah). On the Special Collections blog you can read a thoughtful essay by Nancy Hardy about Yom HaShoah and a few of the Holocaust stories found in the archives of UNLV University Libraries’ Special Collections. Click here to read: https://www.library.unlv.edu/whats_new_in_special_collection
Did you know that ten years ago President George W. Bush proclaimed that May 2006 to be the first Jewish American Heritage Month? The Library of Congress hosts a web site where you can explore the national perspective of those of Jewish ancestry in the United States’ history. http://www.
In January and February, two small groups of adults who grew up Jewish in Las Vegas gathered to discuss their memories of what it was like to be young and Jewish here. As with other projects of the Oral History Research Center, it is fun and insightful to hear the reminiscences of the group participants. They often spark a recollection from what another shares.