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Nevada Historical Society
"Reno: Biggest Little City in the World," a new permanent exhibit will debut at the Nevada Historical Society with an opening reception Friday, June 12, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit features artifacts, photos, manuscripts, gaming memorabilia and art specific to the history and development of Reno. Incorporated in the exhibit will be four custom "Pickles" drawings created specifically for the exhibit by Sparks cartoonist Brian Crane. The modern Pickles family will appear as oversize figures at the beginning of the exhibit to introduce visitors to the display. The other images feature the characters at the end of the 19th Century, the 1920s and the 1960s. "This exhibit specifically focuses on the history of Reno," says exhibit curator Sheryln Hayes-Zorn. "It tells the story of the city's development and showcases the richness of the Nevada Historical Society's collection of Reno related objects."
Reno's colorful history began in the late 1850s when a river crossing and then a bridge were established at the point where important north-south and east-west travel routes met on the river. Its birth as a community was in 1868, when the Central Pacific Railroad built its transcontinental line through the Truckee Meadows and a new town was created. The Nevada Historical Society is one of seven museums managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs.
Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.