See what life was like in Nevada throughout its history as the Museum comes to life on Saturday, October 30 from 3-5 p.m. when it hosts the Nite At The Museum event, where more than two dozen museum exhibits will come alive. Experience Nevada history with reenactors at each stop will bring you back in time for a few moments.
“They will take on the persona or trades of the lives from the past, in a non-scary, family-oriented and fun way,” said Museum Director Teri Hedgpeth, who thought it would also be a fun way to incorporate Halloween. “I'm not from Nevada, and my state doesn't have a Kentucky Day. But I'm just excited about the fact that Nevada actually honors its history with Nevada Day.” The event is geared towards the younger members of the community and she said, “It's a wonderful way to learn about Nevada history and Nevada Day. Costumes are encouraged – reenactors, staff, and volunteers will all be dressed in period costumes.”
Follow Beatrice the Badger's badger tracks around the Museum, starting with the archaeologist at the front of the museum, and meet different people from history including Native Americans and Pioneering people from the Carson Desert all along Beatrice's trail. Attendees will receive a treat at each exhibit along the trail where the reenactor will give a small speech about their exhibit.
Hedgpeth discussed some of those who will be in attendance, including Mayor Ken Tedford, Fire Chief Jared Dooley, and Warren Williams who she said is one the historic founders from the City of Fallon. “Other locals reenacting for us include Lynn Morisson stationed at the NAS Fallon exhibit as a pilot, and Rachel Dahl reenacting Mary Walker Foster, the 1930s state photographer.”
Along the trail, trackers will meet a farm worker, a ditch rider, and a school marm. At the farm kitchen exhibit, Hedgpeth said, “Have you ever though what it would be like to make your breakfast without electricity? This exhibit will portray how it was done back then.” Want to know what one does without TV? That will be answered at another exhibit where, back in the day, one would have been listening to an old-time radio and sipping martinis.
Williams will be reenacted in the West Williams Library exhibit. The Sanford Parlor, a beautiful Victorian room filled with period antiques and a wreath made from human hair, is the next stop. “These wreaths were made to memorialize the people who had passed. So, we will have our only ghost in this exhibit - but not a scary one, a Victorian lady.”
The last stops along the trail will be in the Annex building, where trail trackers will be met by a telephone operator, a blacksmith, and a reenactor at the old buckboard. The final exhibit will feature the Mayor and the Fire Chief on one of the old fire trucks.
“This is not a fundraiser, it's just an event to have fun and learn about history at the same time. There is no entrance fee, nor is there ever one. My goal is to just have the Museum filled with the noise of happy children, going from one exhibit to another, gathering their treats, talking with the reenactors, and learning about our history.”
“The Museum did host this event in the past and I had come across some photos of it. When I asked the staff if they'd like to do it again, their eyes lit up in excitement. I'm hoping that this will become an annual event for us here where we focus on our history, and honor Nevada Day. The Museum is the perfect place to try new things.”