Friday, May 06, 2005

Pony Express Club Helps Restore History

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Members of the Pony Express Club of Nevada presented a $1,000 check to the Nevada State Museum to aid the museum's efforts to restore the 55-year-old Pony Express commemorative plaque and monument on Carson Street. The club raised the funds by raffling two hand-carved rifle scabbards.

The Pony Express plaque was dedicated in 1960 to commemorate the centennial reenactment staged to increase national interest in the Pony Express and support preservation of its history. The reenactment started on July 19, 1960. After its completion, the Nevada riders decided to form a club to keep the history alive.

''True to their mission, the Pony Express Club of Nevada is keeping the proud story of the Pony Express alive, 145 years after the last rider,'' Nevada State Museum Curator of History Bob Nylen said. ''This donation will help preserve the plaque and monument outside the museum so that future generations may know about this important and epic tale from the days of the early West.''

The Nevada State Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada's natural and cultural heritage. The museum collects, preserves, and presents this heritage through exhibits, educational programs, and publications.

Exhibits highlight the state's geology, history, a replica walk-through mine and ghost town, and Under One Sky: Nevada's Native American Heritage. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 18. For information, call (775) 687-4810.

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