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Explore historic Genoa and Mesquite buildings through documentary



Reno, Nevada.  Viewers are invited to step back in time, through the portals of several old buildings where the residents, past and present, have taken on the task of preserving building history. The program is a half-hour episode from the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Exploring Nevada series. 

The Nevada Historical Society will present the video documentary “Building History in Genoa and Mesquite, on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm as part of their free High Noon video series in the Reno History gallery.

 Following the video is a presentation and question and answer period hosted by Billie J. Rightmire, fourth generation Genoan and the Genoa Town Historian who also appears in the documentary.

The Nevada Historical Society is located at 1650 North Virginia Street, Reno (on the UNR Campus) call (775) 688-1190 or visit www.NevadaCulture.org for more information.                                                               

Genoa Courthouse Museum

The first stop in the film is Genoa, where town historian Billie Rightmire shows viewers around the beloved Genoa Courthouse Museum, built in Civil War times.  

Next the documentary travels to Mesquite in southeastern Nevada, where the state’s fastest growing city is preserving its historic center. With City Planner Don Matson as the on camera guide, tour the town’s oldest structure, dating from the 1880s and called simply the “Rock House“ and survey the 1930s “Old Gym” which is being adapted for community use. Next head one block over to the Old Spanish Trail, where the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum safeguards the history of this area. Longtime resident Nora Hughes shares with viewers the twists and turns this building took on before fulfilling its long-intended purpose as a museum. 

Former Curator of the Genoa Museum, Billie J. Rightmire has written several books and articles about Genoa and the Carson Valley. 

The documentary Everyday Mysteries was created by producer Gwen Clancy as part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs’ Exploring Nevada series. 

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. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

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