Starting today through May 20, communities across Nevada will celebrate Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Week.
Activities will include archeological fairs and site tours, walking tours of historic neighborhoods, lectures and exhibits. Most activities are free and outdoors.
"It's a great way to have fun and learn about Nevada's past," said Alice Baldrica, deputy state historic preservation officer. "Most events offer something for the entire family to enjoy together at little or no cost."
The Comstock celebrates its 14th annual Historic Preservation Week with most events beginning or taking place at the historic Fourth Ward School. Several exhibits, lectures and tours are featured.
The week is capped with the 14th annual Carol Morgan Silver Tea and musicale where Ron James, state historic preservation officer, will present preservation awards.
The Historic Reno Preservation Society will offer evening walking tours of historic Reno neighborhoods. On May 20 it will lead a special architectural tour for kids and their parents.
May 16-17 the Nevada Historical Society hosts the sixth annual Nevada Historic Conference. For those desiring modest fresh air and exercise, join Am Arcs to record a petroglyph site just outside of Sparks on May 20.
Other family oriented activities outside the Reno area include the Spring Wings Bird Festival in Fallon May 12-13 where the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Sage Spirit Dance Group will perform.
The festival also features an art show and a tour of the Stillwater Refuge to learn how people have used plants and animals for food, clothing and shelter.
On May 20, families are invited to an archaeological fair at the Northeastern Nevada Museum. Archaeologists and historians will demonstrate the manufacture of stone tools, cordage, wool carding and spinning and instructions on how to pack a covered wagon. Children will be given the opportunity to participate in these demonstrations.
For a full list of events taking place across the state, contact Alice Baldrica, deputy state historic preservation officer, at 684-3444 or the department Web site at www.clan.lib.nv.us (click on SHPO).