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Our Story to exhibit at Legislature

By ThisIsReno

OUR STORY NEWS RELEASE

Among many offerings at the Nevada State Legislature during the week of Feb. 18  will be the bi-annual exhibit provided by Our Story, Inc.

In keeping with its mission to “ provide educational opportunities that are seldom offered to students, scholars and the general public to learn more about Northern Nevadaʼs rich minority history,” this yearʼs exhibit will focus on the 150-year-old Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution as related to Nevada.

For instance, the 1860 census for Nevada Territory lists one slave, T.J. Singleton. Nevadaʼs constitution has the strongest anti-slavery statement of any state constitution in the country. Only one of three Nevada congressional delegates voted on the 13th Amendment in Congress. The Nevada Legislature was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment.

On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18-19, the exhibit will be on view on the second floor, west side; on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20-21, the exhibit will be located on the ground floor, Assembly side.

Founded in 1996 by Kenneth B. Dalton, Our Story, Inc strives to seek out, preserve and exhibit the heritage, culture, contributions and accomplishments of people whose history is not well represented in Northern Nevada.

“The stories of the unsung are not being shared and preserved like they should,” says Dalton. “I have often heard important historical information in a casual conversation with a local resident and think to myself, ʻWhy didnʼt I know this?ʼ Northern Nevada needs to know this! That is why I started Our Story, Inc. I wanted to provide a way for everyone to share, discover and learn what is not normally offered in public or private school classrooms.”

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