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Nevada Preservation Foundation is a small non-profit foundation whose mission is to preserve and revitalize historic buildings and places in Nevada and to cultivate a presence around cultural heritage and tourism.  Our programming is produced and delivered by our small staff and large group of dedicated volunteers.  By supporting our programs, you are supporting our mission and helping us continuing our important work.

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Walking Tours

Curious about the origins of Las Vegas? On this tour, we'll make Las Vegas History a walk in the park!  This tour brings alive three chapters of Kiel Ranch and its colorful history spanning-- you guessed it! divorce, murder, and Las Vegas high society!

Return to the shoot' em up days of Las Vegas before the glitz and glamour of the gaming culture. Hear about how murder played a significant role in early Las Vegas, the importance of the sprawling ranch and orchards that once were Kiel Ranch, and of course the years when Kiel Ranch was better know as The Boulderado Dud Ranch where quickie divorces were a plenty!

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Take a stroll through Las Vegas’ first local historic district and see the homes of some of the early pioneers and influencers. This 2-hour guided walking tour weaves through time, featuring popular styles of residential architecture from the 1930s – 1950s.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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The Beverly Green Historic District was once home to some of Las Vegas' most chic and fabulous. This 90-minute guided tour weaves through four residential tracts, showcasing custom and tract home design in Midcentury Las Vegas. Take a look behind-the-scenes into the private neighborhood of Vegas' past showgirls, entertainers, bankers, and wealthy casino moguls. Experience all the popular styles of Midcentury residential homes, with an emphasis on the International Style, California Modernism, and the Cinderella Ranch home!

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Colorful and flamboyant, Paradise Palms is widely celebrated as Las Vegas’ favorite desert modern, residential development!  With eye-catching designs and luxe living, the neighborhood proved a natural fit for the midcentury Las Vegas elite. Today, the popularity of the neighborhood continues among architectural and midcentury enthusiasts, and its design has largely been attributed to architects Palmer + Krisel of Palms Springs fame…but who was true master behind the plan??

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Have you ever wondered how The Strip creates such amazing spaces with such expensive materials? This year, Nevada Preservation is going to take you to The Strip to hear about the creation of opulence and decadence that is less about marble and more about tricking the eye into seeing what you expect. Fake-itecture celebrates the amazing talent of architects and designers who create these spaces that just ooze that Vegas Vibe.

Explore the history of Las Vegas through Neon! This exclusive tour will walk you through the history of Vegas, design, and neon, ending with Brilliant, a spectacular display of sight and sound.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Join Nevada Preservation for our free monthly walking tour of the Historic Westside School. Learn about the architecture of the campus, the building’s rich history, and the $12 million restoration project of the school.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Join Nevada Preservation for a guided walking tour through Berkley Square, one of the Historic Westside’s most well-known residential communities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this tour provides a deeper look into residential development of the mid-century, and how segregation affected African Americans living in Las Vegas during that time.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Take a stroll through Las Vegas’ first local historic district and see the homes of some of Las Vegas’ early pioneers and influencers. This 2-hour guided walking tour weaves through time, featuring popular styles of residential architecture from the 1930s – 1950s.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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TombStoneTales

Wander with us through the weathered tombstones of Las Vegas’ oldest cemetery. We’ll unearth the stories of familiar — and unfamiliar — names that made an impact on Nevada.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Bicycle Tours

Cycle through celebrity homes of the past and present during this 2-hour guided bike tour that will take you through two vintage Vegas neighborhoods, exploring the chic mid-century architecture and the glamorous lives of the residents who lived there.

Registrants must bring their own bicycle to participate.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Nevada Preservation presents the fascinating story of The Star and first-hand accounts of Elko’s early Basque residents. Participants will experience a behind-the-scenes walking tour of The Star, including the upstairs boarding rooms. Enjoy family-style learning with interactive presentations of Basque heritage.   All the while obtaining an appreciative of the “Ostatuak” as the seat of Basque community and culture.  Plus, learn Basque phrases, games, and dances!

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Special Programs + Events

Home + History Las Vegas and Home + History Reno celebrate Nevada’s captivating history by fostering an appreciation of our cultural heritage celebrated through important architecture. By creating a fun and engaging series of events, HHLV promotes, educates and advocates for the preservation of Nevada’s architectural and cultural resources as well as breeds renewed interest in preservation, urban sustainability and community development. If you are a fan of history, design, or are just looking to get more acquainted with this fabulous state of ours, you will not want to miss out on Home + History events!

The Southern Nevada event happens in April, and Northern Nevada is in September.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Virtual Events, Educational Speakers + Salon Discussions

Join the Nevada Preservation Foundation for a collection of virtual events celebrating the rich heritage of Nevada. We have included tours of historic places, a walk through the curation of the Hugh Taylor Archive including two new exhibits, talks from well-known architectural historians. The original weekend we also hosted a movie viewing party with architectural commentary with Netflix Party.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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Join Nevada Preservation Foundation and Atomic Liquors for drinks and a discussion surrounding Atomic Testing and its cultural impact on southern Nevada.

Various dates are scheduled throughout the year.  Please become a member or join our mailing list to be updated on events being added to the schedule.

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The inaugural Board + Batten Lunch and Learn series, Architecture of Epidemics, focuses on the work of mid-20th century architect Hugh E. Taylor’s work in Las Vegas, Nevada. This talk given by our executive director, Heidi Swank, pulls the user into a thread of history that ties together 19th and 20th century concerns over tuberculosis and hygiene with efforts to create a new form of architecture, called Modernism, that played a role in reducing illness. Drawing from the Hugh Taylor Archive, owned and curated by NPF, Dr. Swank will ground the efforts of Modernism to create healthy spaces in homes that were built in Las Vegas. Join us for this interactive and informative talk and come away seeing Modern architecture in a new light.

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