Las Vegas Historic Preservation Week, Part 1

Stop laughing. 

It's true.   In fact, May is Historic Preservation Month in Nevada.  This week is Historic Preservation Week in Las Vegas.

We have two Classic Las Vegas Roadshow events this week and on Saturday we are part of Cultural History Day.  We will post the activities for Saturday later this week and they may make your head explode, there is just so much going on.

So, if you are interested in history and Las Vegas come to our Roadshow Events this week:




The Las Vegas News Bureau, the Friends of Classic Las Vegas and Clark County Parks and Recreation present:

The History of Helldorado 

If you are new to town and wonder why there is a Helldorado Celebration (which is coming on May 17th) or if you remember fondly sitting on the curb on Fremont Street watching those beautiful floats go by, come on around and here the stories of how and why Helldorado got started and what it was like. 

At one point in the 1950s, it rivaled the Rose Parade in terms of attendance and beautiful floats.

A great evening of history and fun that you won't want to miss!


The History of Helldorado

Tuesday, May 13th

Clark County Museum

1830 S. Boulder Highway 

7:00 PM   (Please note new START TIME)

Panelists include:

Emmett Sullivan, the son of co-founder Mark Sullivan

Tim Cashman, the grandson of co-founder, Big Jim Cashman

Don Payne, former Manager of the Las Vegas News Bureau



CCC workers take a lunch

(Image courtesy of the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association) 


As part of Historic Preservation Month, the Friends of Classic Las Vegas and the Classic Las Vegas Roadshow are proud to announce our upcoming panel on Southern Nevada and the New Deal.


Hosted by the Nevada State Museum and Friends of Classic Las Vegas, this informative Roadshow event will delve into the history of how in the depths of the Great Depression, the New Deal's effect not only on the country but on Southern Nevada specifically.


Please join us to hear Historians Dennis McBride and Peter Gough and long-time residents Mike Pinjuv, Johnny Pinjuv and Bonnie Rams as they discuss the Las Vegas that they knew and what the New Deal meant for the Valley.

It will be a wonderful evening of history, stories and memories and you don't want to miss it!

Wednesday, May 14th

Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

700 Twin Lakes Dr

Lorenzi Park

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Reception

6:15 - 8:15 pm  Roundtable Discussion

Refreshments will be served.


And stay tuned for the upcoming events on Saturday that include tours of the Huntridge Theater, the Neon Boneyard, the Morelli House and more.

It's going to be a great week to celebrate Las Vegas History.  So come on out and join the fun!