“Historic preservation is at the same time wonderfully egalitarian; all socioeconomic classes in every corner of the nation have successfully utilized its principles to protect their heritage and revitalize their communities.” -Craig Potts
Did you know that Nevada Preservation Foundation turned four years old in October? I know! We feel the same way! Surely, we’ve been doing this a lot longer. But, in fact, we are just four.
The reason I say it feels so much longer is because – while there still seems so much to do – as I look back on our first four years, I am amazed at how much we have accomplished. Below is just a sample of some of the projects we have worked on to make our state just a bit better:
- Clark County’s first historic neighborhood, Paradise Palms. Las Vegas’ second historic district, Beverly Green.
- Two buildings added to historic registers: Cyril Wengert’s Residence at Charleston & Sixth and the Liberace Mansion on Shirley Avenue.
- Home + History Las Vegas has grown from 2 events to 16 with ticket sales topping 750 in 2017. And out-of-state attendance jumping 440% in one year!
- Staff has grown from one to two full-time and two part-time paid positions.
- Volunteer staff has grown to about 10 who work on projects regularly and over 50 who give so generously of their time around Home + History.
While we are truly proud and grateful for all that we have been able to do with the amazing community support we have received here in Southern Nevada. Yet, we are still eager to fulfill the name of our organization. After all, we are the NEVADA Preservation Foundation. While we will always have our roots in Southern Nevada, we recognize that there is history all across our amazing state.
With that in mind, our board of directors along with our staff have been working to put in place the framework that would allow us to work and advocate across Nevada. The first piece of this effort started in July, when our board of directors officially became statewide. Not only did we add several new members in Southern Nevada, we branched out into Reno and Elko. Catherine Wines, the principal at the architecture firm R6Studio in Elko joined us. And from Reno, Greg Ferraro of the Ferraro Group and Jesse Wadhams of Fennemore Craig Attorneys both came on board.
With their guidance, we are working toward bringing workshops and talks to Northern Nevada through videoconferencing, but what we really need is on-the-ground staff. If we had NPF staffers in Elko and Washoe County, we could do some of the onsite programming – talks, walking tours, films & discussions – that really reach out to people and get them excited and engaged with their historic communities.
Staff, however, are expensive. But we have been thinking about how best we can get this done. In fact, at our next board meeting, the board will be spending some time discussing options for identifying sources for major partners in this endeavor.
We know, though, that organizations with grassroots support look so much better to big donors. So we are asking for your help in landing those major donations that will allow us to start two satellite offices in Northern Nevada. It doesn’t take much money to show support, but it does take a large number of people.
Invest in Nevada’s history by investing in Nevada Preservation Foundation.
Did you know:
- $50 can pay for equipment rental for a film & discussion in a rural Nevada community.
- $100 could cover one month of gas for an NPF staffer to travel from Elko to nearby towns.
- $250 could allow our executive director to travel to meet with northern staff for training.
Any amount helps! But without your show of support, bringing in a larger donor will be much more difficult. Thank you for your support of the Nevada Preservation Foundation!