The 36th Star
Nevada's Journey from Territory to State

In celebration of 150 years of statehood, the Nevada Museum of Art honors the “Battle Born” state with a significant exhibition detailing the journey toward October 31, 1864. This special show features historic treasures from our nation’s capital, including a special Nevada Day Weekend presentation of the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The document will be on view for a limited number of hours October 30 through November 2. Also on exhibit are Timothy O’ Sullivan photographs, historical Nevada objects, and statehood documents on loan from important regional museums.

Each of three galleries on the Museum’s second floor houses a unique combination of significant objects telling the story of Nevada’s journey to statehood. Highlights include: the 175-page transcription of Nevada’s State Constitution that was sent from Territorial Governor James Nye to Abraham Lincoln via telegram—the longest telegram at that time which cost nearly $60,000 to send (in today’s dollars); the original copy of the Nevada State Constitution, typically held in storage at the Nevada State Library and Archives in Carson City; never-before-displayed Civil War-era muster rolls of the Nevada Volunteers; artifacts belonging to Nevada’s first governor Henry G. Blasdel and Captain Joseph Stewart, commander of Nevada’s Fort Churchill; as well as the historic Austin Flour Sack used to raise money for the troops during the Civil War.

Two sets of original Timothy O’Sullivan photographs on loan from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., bookend the exhibition. Highlights include O’Sullivan’s famous photograph Dead Soldiers on the Battlefield at Gettsysburg from 1863, as well as over 20 Nevada photographs taken by O’Sullivan in 1867 as part of Clarence King’s government-sponsored Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. This is the first time these historic O’Sullivan images of Nevada have been shown in the state. The exhibition includes items on loan from the Nevada State Museum, the Nevada State Library and Archives, the Nevada Historical Society, the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., and the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION, on loan from the National Archives, Washington, DC

Thursday, October 30 / 10 am - 7 pm

Friday, October 31 / 10 am - 5 pm

Saturday, November 1 / 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday, November 2 / 10 am - 5 pm

Exclusively sponsored by the E. L. Wiegand Foundation.

Media support by KTVN Channel 2 News and KUNR Reno Public Radio.

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    Friday August 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Celebrate the opening of The 36th Star with Nevada State Archivist Jeff Kintop, who discusses the significance of historic objects highlighted in the exhibition.

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    10 am - 4 pm | Mountain Bluebird Art Project - Redfield Learning Center
    10 am - 4 pm | Postcards from Nevada Project - Sculpture Garden
    10:30 & 11 am | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Feature Gallery North
    1 - 2 pm | Instrument Petting Zoo with JamPro Music Factory - Theater
    1:00 pm | Public Tour (adult focus) - 2nd Floor
    2:30 & 3 pm | Children's Storytelling with Kathleen Durham - Feature Gallery North

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    Lead sponsorship for the Hands ON! program through 2024 is provided by the Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation with additional support from the Terry Lee Wells Foundation, the Leonette Foundation, Mathewson CLAT #5, the Sato Foundation, Art4Moore, City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, and Western Nevada Supply. Second Saturdays is sponsored exclusively by the Nightingale Family Foundation.

  • Curator Toby Jurovics on Timothy O’ Sullivan

    Thursday October 16, 2014 / 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Join guest curator Toby Jurovics as he discusses Timothy O’ Sullivan’s timeless Civil War photography featured in the exhibition.

  • Historian Greta de Jong on the Emancipation Proclamation

    Friday October 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

    Dr. Greta de Jong, University of Nevada, Reno Associate Professor of History, presents "Battle Born: The Road to Emancipation and Nevada Statehood During the Civil War." Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation, and subsequent ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, is integrally linked to Nevada’s statehood.

  • Early Closure

    Wednesday October 29, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    The Museum will close at 3 pm today to accommodate a private event, and to prepare for the upcoming 36th Star festivities!

  • VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

    Thursday October 30, 2014 / 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

    For four days only, view the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Timed Tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day. Present a valid membership card and receive a FASTPASS to see the Emancipation Proclamation on each viewing day. FASTPASS holders jump to the head of the line to view the documents with a minimal wait. The FASTPASS is valid throughout the day. Member FASTPASS generously sponsored by NV Energy

  • VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

    Friday October 31, 2014 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    For four days only, view the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Timed Tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day. Present a valid membership card and receive a FASTPASS to see the Emancipation Proclamation on each viewing day. FASTPASS holders jump to the head of the line to view the documents with a minimal wait. The FASTPASS is valid throughout the day. Member FASTPASS generously sponsored by NV Energy

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    Saturday November 1, 2014 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    For four days only, view the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Timed Tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day. Present a valid membership card and receive a FASTPASS to see the Emancipation Proclamation on each viewing day. FASTPASS holders jump to the head of the line to view the documents with a minimal wait. The FASTPASS is valid throughout the day. Member FASTPASS generously sponsored by NV Energy

  • Hill Street Celebration Proclamation

    Saturday November 1, 2014 / 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Get ready for Honest Abe’s Imagination Celebration with a rockin’ street soirée. Featuring live music by The Novelists, Tyler Stafford, and Six Mule Pile Up, this pre-party will energize you for a night of high impact Steampunk fun. Stroll Hill Street between Liberty and California, perusing trinkets and food from a variety of local vendors. Imbibe a sampling of Nevada-themed drinks at 1864 Tavern, which will also host Abe’s post-party. Pahranagat Punch, Proclamation 119, Toiyabe, or Spring Creek libations, anyone? Starts at 1864 Tavern and continues on Hill Street between Liberty and California. Includes live music and a special on-site radio broadcast, 3 – 5 pm, from 100.1 FM The X. FREE Admission.

  • Honest Abe's Imagination Celebration

    Saturday November 1, 2014 / 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

    BUY TICKETS Yes, citizens, we’re going to party like its 1864! Part steampunk ball, part carnival, this celebration of our state’s visionary spirit will be a grand reimagining of the future through the wondrous lens of the past. We’ll view the original Emancipation Proclamation as El Radio Fantastique rouses imaginations with a uniquely antique menagerie of sights, sounds and musical styles. Dress in costume of appropriate flair: think Civil War meets Jules Verne meets the wild subconscious of a boyhood Lincoln. Ticket price includes complimentary desserts and savory treats. Membership support by NV Energy. Hosted by Barrick Gold of North America. Major sponsorship by Camelot Party Rentals and Bill Pearce | Mini. Media Support by KTHX and KUNR.

  • VIEW THE ORIGINAL EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

    Sunday November 2, 2014 / 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    For four days only, view the original Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, on loan from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Timed Tickets to view the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each viewing day. Present a valid membership card and receive a FASTPASS to see the Emancipation Proclamation on each viewing day. FASTPASS holders jump to the head of the line to view the documents with a minimal wait. The FASTPASS is valid throughout the day. Member FASTPASS generously sponsored by NV Energy

Nevada's Journey from Territory to State