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Starting with this year’s Nevada Day (observed October 25), Nevadans will be celebrating a major milestone as we begin the yearlong celebration of our sesquicentennial, our 150th anniversary of statehood. If you haven’t heard the “s-word” before, by year’s end the multisyllabic word will roll right off your tongue.
It’s been an amazing 150 years since our inception during the Civil War, and I am thrilled that Governor Brian Sandoval asked me to chair the statewide commission that’s leading the efforts to plan the many ways we will honor this occasion.
Planning for Nevada’s 150th-anniversary celebration is well underway—the Nevada 150 Steering Committee started laying the groundwork more than a year ago, and members of the statewide commission have eagerly jumped in to continue these efforts. While there’s much work to do, with the help of Nevadans across the state, I know we’ll create a spectacular celebration worthy of the history books.
The more-than 365 days of festivities culminate on the state’s true 150th anniversary on October 31, 2014. It will be a year to commemorate our past and the remarkable stories that have shaped our great state, commend the innovation and progress we have made since our early days, and create meaningful celebrations and projects which will endure for years to come.
We also hope to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as a catalyst to plan for and invest in our future, so generations of Nevadans may enjoy a high quality of life that is rich with opportunities.
In the very near future we will be announcing how people, communities, and organizations across the state can be involved in this celebration. I hope all Nevadans will participate in the many statewide and community-based events and projects during our sesquicentennial year. Stay tuned as details are announced, and please visit nevada150.org for the latest information.
Brian K. Krolicki
Chairman—Nevada Commission on Tourism