What's New in Special Collections
A model standing in front of the neon sign for Caesars Palace (Las Vegas), August 1966 advertising the grand opening. YESCO Collection, 98-12.
In honor of the recent roundtable on Jay Sarno's life and legacy, Head of Exhibits Peter Michel curated an exhibit on Caesars Palace that is located just outside of the Goldfield Room. It's drawn from a variety of collections in UNLV Special Collections, and features architectural drawings, menus, photographs, postcards, ephemera,artifacts, and original press releases documenting the history of one of the most legendary Las Vegas hotel/casinos ever built. Much of the material has never been on display before, and will be on exhibit through April 30.
Jay Sarno at his desk. Jay Sarno Photo Collection 0347
For those of you who missed last Sunday's amazing panel on Jay Sarno's life and legacy, the podcast is up and ready! With many thanks to our guests - Oscar Goodman, Mel Larson, Dana Gentry, and the Sarno children: Jay Sarno Jr., September Sarno, Heidi Sarno-Straus, and Freddie Sarno. The panel was moderated by our own Dave Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, and author of the Sarno biography Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas.
February 23rd's author event featuring Dr. Larry Gragg was a fascinating discussion on both his past work on Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture and the current research
he is doing for his upcoming biography of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. He focused on Siegel's relationships with the Las Vegas community as uncovered in the oral histories held in
UNLV Special Collections and other historical sources. In addition to an eye-opening talk on Siegel, Dr. Gragg emphasized the depth and richness of the materials in Special
Collections and how they have been essential to his research on Las Vegas. Noted Nevada historian Dr. Michael Green introduced Dr. Gragg and provided background on his
You can listen to his podcast here:
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Caesars Palace and Circus Circus? Learn about the life and legacy of Jay Sarno, the Las Vegas legend behind the construction of these two famous Strip hotels, at this March 2nd panel at the UNLV Libraries. Moderated by Dave Schwartz, author of Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas , the new biography of Sarno, the panel will feature a number of notable Las Vegans including former Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman, casino executives Burton Cohen and Mel Larson, and the Sarno children. Join us for a fascinating afternoon to learn all about this larger than life figure who inspired modern Las Vegas.
Event is free and open to the public;registration is encouraged
Register online at www.library.unlv.edu/sarno-rsvp
or call 702-895-2277 by Monday, February 24.
Enjoy an illuminating Sunday afternoon this spring attending one of the author events sponsored by the Center for Gaming Research in the UNLV Libraries. First up on February 23, Dr. Larry Gragg, Curator's Teaching Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Gragg will be speaking about his book Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture and the research he is currently working on for his biography of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel. RSVP by Monday February 17. Register online at www.library.unlv.edu/gragg-rsvp or call 702-895-2277.
The UNLV Libraries Center for Gaming Research is proud to bring you the UNLV Libraries Author Series, presenting writers from around the world whose work delves into Las Vegas' past, present and future in a variety of genres. Chat with the authors and learn about their inspirations.
The collaborative to Document the African American Experience in Las Vegas is in the process of conducting the second series of roundtable discussions. The first panel filmed in this sequence recalled fact and memories about Berkley Square. On November 6, 2013 the conversation was by Brenda William with panelists that included Esther Langston, Agnes Marshall, Jarmilla McMillan-Arnold, and Courtney Mooney. They examined various aspects of this first subdivision in Nevada built by and for African Americans. Architect Paul Williams designed the homes and the Thomas Berkley acted as financier for Berkley Square which is located approximately 1/2 mile from the center downtown.
One week later, Patricia Cunningham, master talk show host, moderated a panel that discussed Las Vegas black media. Craig Knight (GM KCEP), Ramon Savoy (Editor, Sentinel Voice Newspaper), Roosevelt Toston (first news anchorman of color), and Kim Bailey Tureaud (Founder and Editor of Black Image Magazine) provided insights on the history and future of black media in the Westside community and beyond.
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