By Howard E. Bohrn

The new year is in full swing and the White Pine Public Museum is continuing our membership and fundraising drive in an effort to raise funds to expand and showcase our offerings to the public. Members are now being offered a 20 percent discount on items in the gift shop! We have a wide range of local history and mining related books, handmade soaps and Navajo Indian jewelry, just to name a few.

Last year, saw the centennial of the Lincoln Highway and the first airplane in Ely. We have a new exhibit dedicated to that first flight as well as The Ely Daily Times account of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance and a postal cover that went into space on board one of the space shuttles.

It promises to be a big year as Nevada celebrates its sesquicentennial (150 years of statehood).  Nevada Magazine has published a pictorial history book entitled, “Historical Nevada — 150 Memorable Images in Celebration of the Silver State’s Sesquicentennial.” Copies of the book are currently available at the White Pine Public Museum. Nevada historical calendars featuring some notable photos from Nevada’s past will also be available in the gift shop, where all purchases are tax exempt.

Our “Cave Bear” room has new mining related photos, videos, slide shows and mineral species from the Robinson Mine. There is also a new display of antique toys as well as an exhibit featuring Civil War relics.

All of this will involve a lot of work and, of course money, as you can see. We are hoping to raise the funds necessary to accomplish our goals through donations, grants, membership renewals and by increasing our membership, both in quantity and level. We take a lot of pride in preserving and showcasing our history. By becoming a member or renewing your membership, you will help to preserve and showcase artifacts of our rich and unique historical and cultural heritage. Donations may be tax deductible and are gratefully appreciated as well!

Howard E. Bohrn is director of the White Pine Public Museum