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Eadington Lecture Preview- An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London

By Su Kim Chung on May 12, 2015 3:42 PM | Permalink

Read more about Eadington Fellow Celeste Chamberland's research in Special Collections on gambling and addiction in 17th century London and come to the lecture "An Enchanting Witchcraft: Masculinity, Melancholy, and the Pathology of Gaming in Early Modern London" on Thursday, May 14 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library, UNLV campus.

Exhibit Highlight: The French Connection

By Su Kim Chung on May 1, 2015 5:29 PM | Permalink

Special Collections Librarian Karla Irwin has curated a new exhibit on the 1st floor of Lied Library. The French Connection: Lido de Paris and Folies Bergère in Las Vegas explores the artistry and imagination of French production shows in Las Vegas. Materials in the exhibit were drawn from various collections in UNLV Special Collections and represent the range of documentation we hold on the history of Las Vegas entertainment. The Folies Bergere costumes and headdresses in the exhibit were loaned courtesy of the Nevada State Museum. Here is a preview of this exciting exhibit!

My only aim is to…give the audience three enchanting hours of fantasy and beauty and fun, and evening's escape into the land of dream-fulfillment.
-Paul Derval, owner/manager of the Folies Bergère in Paris from 1916-1966

Event Highlight: Celebrating the French Connection: May 17 Panel Discussion

By Su Kim Chung on April 29, 2015 1:53 PM | Permalink

Special Collections librarian, Karla Irwin, is busy installing her exhibit "The French Connection: Lido de Paris and Folies Bergere in Las Vegas" this week on the 1st floor of Lied Library. To celebrate the opening of this fabulous exhibit we will be holding a panel discussion on May 17 (2-4pm)  with long-time Folies Bergere creative director and choregrapher Jerry Jackson, and former dancers and showgirls Jillian Hrushowy, Dawnie Sachs, and Trenna Howard. Please join us!

Admission is free and the public is welcome, but please RSVP as seating is limited: https://www.library.unlv.edu/frenchconnection-rsvp

Eadington Lecture Preview: Betting on the Triple Crown: Wagering on Papal Elections in Renaissance Rome

By Su Kim Chung on April 14, 2015 1:14 PM | Permalink

Eadington Fellow John Hunt has written an interesting blog post examining several 16- and 17-century Italian treatises on gaming found in UNLV Libraries Special Collections, and his upcoming lecture: "Betting on the Triple Crown: Wagering on Papal Elections in Renaissance Rome" which will take place on April 15 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library.

 

 

Latest Updates from the Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project

By Su Kim Chung on April 10, 2015 11:39 AM | Permalink

Guides to Jewish life in Southern Nevada, 1998-1999 and 2009-2010 (Jewish Federation of Las Vegas Records)

The Southern Nevada Jewish Community Digital Heritage Project has been making a lot of exciting progress collecting both oral histories and manuscript collections since it began in August 2014.  If you'd like to learn more about the latest developments, check out these updates from their web site, including:

Eadington Gaming Fellow John Hunt | In Residence April 2 - April 15

By Su Kim Chung on April 6, 2015 12:25 PM | Permalink

JOHN HUNT

Hunt (Ph. D., Ohio State University, 2009) specializes in the social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy, with a particular focus on popular culture in Papal Rome.  He has written several articles on diverse topics that include the role of public opinion on the conclave and papal election; rumors and the pope’s death; and carriages and violence.  He currently is revising his manuscript, “Violence and the Vacant See in Early Modern Rome,” for publication in late 2015.  Future projects will focus on the culture of gambling in Papal Rome.  He is an assistant professor at Utah Valley University.

Spring Break in the Archives

By Su Kim Chung on March 31, 2015 3:44 PM | Permalink

While most people associate spring break in Las Vegas with hanging out at casino pool side cabanas, going to nightclubs or gambling, there are also folks like patrons Casey White and his grandfather Jim Heinselman who find a history field trip to UNLV Special Collections to view old photographs and maps of Las Vegas is just the ticket for a fun afternoon. #springbreakinthearchives

 

Eadington Lecture Preview: Indian Gaming, American Anxiety

By Su Kim Chung on March 16, 2015 11:19 AM | Permalink

Eadington Fellow Laurie Arnold has written an interesting blog post on her upcoming lecture: "Indian Gaming, American Anxiety" which will take place on March 18 at 3pm in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library.

On her work in Special Collections, Arnold writes: "While using the Katherine Spilde Papers on tribal gaming in the UNLV Special Collections, I realized that the materials represent a real-time snapshot of the questions that emerged as Indian gaming grew from the early 1990s through the first decade of the 20th century. Spilde held several professional positions during the time she collected these materials, and in each position she researched the politics and economics of tribal gaming."