CARSON CITY — The National Endowment for the Humanities is featuring Nevada’s Lost City Museum on its website as it honors smaller cultural organizations that take the necessary steps to ensure the preservation of their collections. In the feature, NEH encourages a road trip to celebrate the cultural heritage, ancient pueblos and thriving modern communities of the American Southwest.
The Lost City Museum also was named a Nevada Treasure earlier this month through the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s Discover Your Nevada social media contest.
“Scattered across the United States are thousands of cultural heritage institutions — museums, libraries and historical societies — many of them operating with small staffs of professionals and volunteers. Yet by virtue of the rich humanities collections that they hold — books, archival materials, photographs, audio recordings, art and historical objects — these institutions play an outsized role in the cultural life of their communities and the nation as a whole,” according to the NEH.
The Lost City Museum project was awarded a Preservation Assistance Grant from the NEH in 2011. The organization will publish over the next few months a series of online “road trips” that will escort visitors through some of the smaller and mid-sized cultural institutions that have received support from the NEH through grants that have aided in the preservation of Native American collections throughout the region.
The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. It is one of seven managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children and museum members. The museum is at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd. in Overton. For more information, call 702-397-2193 or visit museums.nevadaculture.org.