Two Big Upcoming Events You Won't Want to Miss

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 


We look forward to seeing you there! 


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Friends of Classic Las Vegas in 2008

We have big plans for 2008!

Preservation Projects, history projects, our Roundtable/Speakers Series.

Don't forget we have monthly meetings the first Sunday (unless otherwise noted) of every month.

Our next meeting is next Sunday, January 13th.

2:00 pm

Nevada State Musuem Auditorium

700 Twin Lakes Drive

Lorenzi Park

We hope to see you there! 

If you can't join us due to geography or time constraints, we understand.  You can join the cause by becoming a member of the Friends of Classic Las Vegas here .

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Help Save Maude's Building!

On Tuesday, Nov. 20th, the County Commissioners held their weekly meeting.  On the agenda was an item supporting the preservation of Frazier Hall.  In attendance were Regent Mark Alden, Regent Thalia Dondero, Josh Geidel of the Atomic Age Alliance, Brian "Paco" Alvarez, Friends of Classic Las Vegas president Ben Litvinoff, Mary Joy Alderman, Pam Kowalski and me.

It was a long morning waiting for the agenda item to come up.  When it finally did, Regent Alden talked about the importance of saving the Hall, Regent Dondero talked about the importance of Maude Frazier and Josh Geidel talked about the need to preserve the history of UNLV.  Mary Joy Alderman spoke on behalf of Friends of Classic Las Vegas about the need to stop destroying our history.

Commissioners Chris G and Tom Collins spoke in favor of supporting the preservation of Frazier Hall.  Commissioner Chip Maxfield was concerned about the Commission overstepping its bounds with UNLV.  Commissioner Rory Reid called for a vote.  Maxfield was the only nay vote and the agenda item was carried through.

This is going to be one of the big preservation issues going into 2008.  The Friends of Classic Las Vegas are joining with the Atomic Age Alliance to help save Maude's building.

Here is the latest info concerning the rally being held on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28th at UNLV:

Atomic Age Alliance co-hosts “Save Maude’s Hall” Rally with the Anthropology Society of UNLV in support of the preservation of Maude Frazier Hall, the first building ever built on the UNLV campus.

UNLV History to be Demolished and Re-written

The first classes at UNLV were held here in Maude Frazier Hall on September 10, 1957. It is one of Midtown’s most historic buildings. As the university focuses on the next 50 years, this building is slated for potential demolition within the coming year. On November 29 and 30th the Board of Regents will discuss this decision, whether they will turn their backs on their history and identity, or celebrate this building as a bridge representing the last 50 years of educational growth in Southern Nevada, and as a gateway to the future of UNLV and Midtown redevelopment.

Named for a Female Pioneer of Nevada

Frazier Hall is a testament to a pioneering spirit that few in the history of Nevada have possessed. The individual for whom it is named, Maude Frazier, was responsible for bringing educational facilities of Southern Nevada into the 20th and now 21st centuries. From her ground breaking efforts in the procurement of funds to build Las Vegas High School, to her equally impressive work persuading the State of Nevada to provide funds for a fledgling university, Maude Frazier’s work is the foundation upon which a substantial portion of Southern Nevada’s educational past, present and future is built. In addition to being a champion of education, Maude Frazier was also a state assembly person and the first female Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. The edifices constructed to celebrate individuals are touchstones by which inspirational spirits may be remembered. Rather then tear down the original and affix Maude’s name to a new irrelevant structure, Maude Frazier Hall should become part of the new master Mid Town plan and saved for the enrichment of generations to come.

The Rally

The “Save Maude’s Hall” rally will bring together student, fans of architecture, alumni and others who care deeply about this important piece of Las Vegas and Clark County history. Special guest speakers will be announced. It will be held from 11:30 to 12:20 making it a convenient lunchtime activity for students and working professionals alike. Local award winning pizzeria, Metro Pizza, has donated pizza for the first rally attendees who arrive.


We hope to see you there!

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Friends of Classic Las Vegas Fundraiser


Invites you to an Afternoon Soiree

At an Historic

Mid-Century Home

In Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas

1905 Chapman St.

Open House Saturday, Nov. 17th

Two O’Clock pm - Five O’Clock pm

Home Tour, Entertainment,

Wine & Hors d’ oeuvres

Silent Auction

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Green


Reservations are Limited

Please RSVP to 878-3889

Mail payment to: FCLV 4359 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102

This is a fundraising event for the Friends of Classic Las Vegas, a

recognized 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving

the history of the Las Vegas Valley.

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Friends of Classic Las Vegas



Friends of Classic Las Vegas (FCLV) is a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the history of Las Vegas through community awareness, activism and educational programs. This is a local, recognized 501c3, non-profit organization.

Educational Programs include:

  • The collection of video oral histories.
  • Digitizing and preserving photographs, postcards and 3-Dimensional memorabilia
  • Digitizing and preserving letters, diaries, news clippings and other ephemera.
  • Roundtable Events featuring long-time and native born residents discussing the history they helped create.
  • Special Walking and Bus Tours.
  • Comprehensive Neighborhood Histories.

Activities and Outreach:

  • Architectural Tours (in partnership with the Atomic Age Alliance)
  • Educational Exhibits
  • Walking Tours
  • Bus Tours
  • Historic Home Soirees

We believe it is vital to preserve this unique history not only for today but for the generations that come after. History is what binds us to our community and helps us to call that place home.

Las Vegas is the largest city built in the 20th Century. In any other city this size, to learn its early history you would have to visit local libraries and historical societies and read about the history.

But here in Las Vegas, we can still talk to the men and women who grew up with the young town and they can tell us first hand what life was like in that small, dusty town.

In addition, we can talk to the men and women who helped transform that town into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

We can visit sites throughout the Valley that remind us of our roots and the stories remind us all of the sacrifices that were made to make Las Vegas a better place to live for everyone.

But with each passing year, there are fewer and fewer old timers and more sites become endangered as the Valley continues to grow.

The Friends of Classic Las Vegas wants to help preserve, document and collect that history before it is too late.

Click here to learn how you can help!



Advisory Committee:

Donna and Gail Andress

Marlene Adrian

Ben Litvinoff

Dennis McBride

Darlene Taylor

Other Committees (we need volunteers for):




Preservation Issues



Please let us know if you would like to join one of our committees!


The Binion House 1949 endangered


The Huntridge Theatre (1944) endangered

Virginia Beckley Richardson and a picture of her and her brother on the steps of her family home. The house

is now on Heritage Street at the Clark County Museum.

Thanks to Allen Sandquist (RoadsidePictures) for allowing us to use these photos Virginia%20Beckley%20Richardson.jpg
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