NHS Director’s Note – July 2, 2020

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First, I would like to thank you for your amid support of the Nevada Historical Society; it is even more important as we face an uncertain future the COVID-19 pandemic.

I can finally give you an NHS update. Due to the Governor’s requests to cut funding, the NHS is down to two positions out of seven, the remaining two staff members’ hours and salaries are cut by 30% beginning July 1, 2020. We will not be able to rehire any staff for the foreseeable future due to the state hiring freeze.

The silver lining is, I didn’t have to lay off any staff like several of our sister state museums, and our short-term sacrifice saves health insurance and positions at our sister institutions.

The move to new facilities is also a victim of the dire funding predictions for the state of Nevada. The fiscal crisis and uncertain future funding for operating expenses lead me to make this very difficult and heart wrenching decision.

Safe workplace and reopening procedures have been implemented and are being implemented. This includes limiting the number of visitors to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers.

Beginning July 15, 2020, the Museum will be open to the public on Wednesdays only from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We will provide services to the public, including the Research Library, during other hours through advanced reservations made through the NHS website.

The NHS really needs your personal and financial support now more than ever. I’ve included information on the various ways you can give to the Nevada Historical Society that are available on our website.

We continue to collect your COVID-19 stories for our archives and to share on our website. Thank you to everyone who contributed, keep those letters coming; you are documenting history!

Please feel free to contact me any time. The NHS is so proud to serve our state, our citizens and the public; with your support we will continue to serve for another 116 years!