Thursday evening was the final "Untold Stories" at the Springs Preserve. We had a great panel of Las Vegas High School alumni that enjoyed talking to about their high school days. The audience was terrific, with many alum attending as well.
Due to budget cutbacks at the Springs, they are refocusing their educational programming and one of the programs impacted was "Untold Stories".
I am forever grateful for the 2.5 years that they supported the program. It was the only monthly series that allowed long-time residents to share their stories and memories of a younger and smaller Las Vegas with residents.
We covered a number of historic topics from "The History of Fremont Street", "The History of the Strip", "A Look Back at the MGM Grand Fire", "St. Thomas" and more.
I want to thank all the people who participated on the panels over the last 30 months. We covered a lot of different historic topics and I am grateful to all who came out to share their history. I also want to thank the class members as well. Each month it was a joy to look out from the podium to see familiar faces and know that there are people who really are interested in learning more about this place we call home. Finally, I want to thank Dr. Michael Green for always being available, often on short notice, to be the historian for the evening.
As they say, when one door closes another opens and that is what happened here. Within days of learning that "Untold Stories" was ending this month, I was offered the job opportunity of a life time. Unfortunately, it will take me away from Las Vegas.
However, we will continue to archive the 130 video oral histories that we have collected over the years and hope to have that monumental task completed by this time next year. Late last year, with the help of a grant from the Historic Preservation Commission, we delivered the first 25 archived interviews on DVD to the Nevada State Museum and to Special Collections. We are currently working on the next set. So our work does continue though I won't be a monthly presence the way I have been for the last five years.
The Friends of Classic Las Vegas will have a meeting next month (details to TBA, so stay tuned) and will continue to be a vital voice in historic preservation. I won't be able to do as much of the organizing as I once did but I will still be involved and look forward to advising the group.
This blog and site will continue on as well. I will still be writing here and a few people have offered to contribute historic and cultural pieces as well. So, if you are a regular reader, fear not, Classic Las Vegas is not going anywhere. We will still be here and the power of the internet will make it possible to stay connected to you.
As for me, I begin a new adventure later this month as the Digital Archivist for the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio in San Francisco. It is a world class museum and I am excited about this opportunity.
In the meantime, historic preservation in Las Vegas still needs all the support it can get so I do hope you will stay with us and continue to learn more about the 20th Century history of Las Vegas right here.