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February Events

We are pleased to announce our two big events in February:

 The Classic Las Vegas Roadshow in partnership with the Nevada State Museum and Stephens Press:

Tuesday, February 5th:

Howard Hughes:  Power, Paranoia and Palace Intrique

On the eve of Thanksgiving 1966, Howard Hughes came to Las Vegas via train.  He was then escorted via ambulance to the Desert Inn Hotel.  He checked into the penthouse.  He was only expected to stay about a month and be gone before the high rollers returned for the New Years celebration.

Well, Hughes ended up staying in Las Vegas longer than a month.  Rather than move from the Desert Inn when Moe Dalitz insisted that he needed the Penthouse for his customers, Hughes bought the hotel and stayed ensconsed in the Penthouse until he left Las Vegas two years later.

He went on a buying spree and bought the Silver Slipper, the Frontier, the Castaways, the Landmark and the Sands.  He was attempting to buy the Stardust when the federal government stepped in and stopped the sale due to anti-trust and monopoly concerns.

Was Hughes sent by the government to rid the town of mob ownership of casinos or was he just an eccentric billionaire who was always intriqued by this oasis in the desert? 

Author Geoff Schumacher's new book explores the facts and the fiction behind Hughes and his love affair with Las Vegas.

A book signing for this eagerly anticipated tome will begin at 5:30 pm. 

After the book signing, there will be a roundtable discussion with not only Geoff but those who knew or worked with Hughes during his stay in Las Vegas 

CONFIRMED panelists include:

Robert Maheu

Peg Crockett

Paul Winn

Gordon Margulis 

Geoff Schumacher

Tuesday, February 5th

Nevada State Museum

700 Twin Lakes Drive

Lorenzi Park

5:30 pm Book Signing

6:45 pm Roundtable Discussion

You won't want to miss this exciting evening of history!


Donations:  $3 / Free to Museum Members

Book available for sale in the Museum Store

Please RSVP by Feb. 1st at 702-486-5205  x 120



Thursday, February 7th

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

The History of the Westside 

Our kick-off for a new season of Untold Stories begins.

This month we take a look at the Westside and its history.  The Westside and all its history.  From the early days of just being on the wrong side of the tracks as McWillams Townsite, a  place for those who could not afford the lots for sale in Clark's townsite that would become the City of Las Vegas.  This neighborhood became famous as Las Vegas grew to have the moniker of the "Mississippi of the West" and the Jim Crowe laws of segregation were enforced.

We look at the evolution of the Westside from its early beginnings through its notorious past to what it is today.

Panelists include:

Pastor Marion Bennett

Lucille Bryant

Judge John Mendoza 



Thursday, February 7th

Las Vegas Springs Preserve

7:00  Roundtable Discussion

Admission: $12 


Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 11:58AM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | Comments1 Comment

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The restaurant on East Charleston Boulevard was called Ciappino's Restaurant & the owner was Pasquale Danza.
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