Western Folklife Center Hosts Nevada Day Open House


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 Western Folklife Center Hosts Nevada Day Open House October 30

Elko, NV— In honor of Nevada Day, the Western Folklife Center and Utah State University's Special Collections & Archives invite ranchers, cowboys, ranch hands and other Elko County residents to a Community Open House on Saturday, October 30, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. USU staff will be on hand to collect and preserve stories, photographs, diaries, letters and other documents reflecting ranch and rural life from those in attendance. The day will be dedicated to sharing stories of everyday life in northern Nevada, and to preserving them so that current and future generations may enjoy them.

If you have photographs and documents you want to preserve and share with others, bring them to the Open House (limit 20). USU staff will scan them, collect information about them and send you home with your originals plus digital copies to easily share and print. They are especially interested in photographs that depict the story of ranching today including people, buildings and activities. The scanned images will become part of the USU Special Collections & Archives' Ranch Family Documentation Project. The USU librarians will also share some of the best ways to store your photographs and other valued documents so future generations can enjoy your images and stories.

The Western Folklife Center's Wiegand Gallery will be open during the Open House with free admission all day. There are three exhibitions in the Gallery: Ranch Gates of the Southwest—a photographic look at one of the most recognizable cultural artifacts of Americana, representing the people and landscapes of the American West; Where the Cowboy Once Roamed—an exhibition of black and white panoramic images created by Nevada photographer Deon Reynolds using a Kodak Fun Saver Panoramic 35 disposable camera; and, A Tribute to the Brian Winter Will James Collection—an exhibition featuring original artwork and classic books by renowned artist and author Will James. Deon Reynolds, photographer for Where the Cowboy Once Roamed will be on hand to discuss his work during an exhibit reception scheduled from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Food and drinks will be served throughout the day.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.