Taking (a Lot) of Time for Nevada

On Friday morning, Myron Martin, The Smith Center president and CEO, joined Gov. Brian Sandoval, former Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other state and Clark County dignitaries outside the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve to bury a time capsule honoring Nevada’s 150th anniversary.

One of two archives to be entombed to celebrate the conclusion of the Silver State’s sesquicentennial – the other having been buried in Carson City late last year – the time capsule took the form of a rectangular metal container that will be sealed underground for 50 years.

After an introduction by Krolicki, who chaired the Nevada 150 Commission that held hundreds of celebrations over the past two years, Sandoval began the process of filling the capsule with significant and commemorative articles, including a pen (in UNLV Rebel red) he has used to sign Nevada legislation.

“I feel sorry for those folks in 2064,” joked Sandoval about all the efforts that have gone into the statewide revelry. “They have a tough act to follow, and it really is a great day for all of us.”

In succession, many of the gathered dignitaries spoke about the items they or their organizations were adding to the time capsule. Memorabilia ranging from a historical novel to a model Tesla car filled the weatherproof container.

Martin, who was also a member of the Nevada 150 Commission, brought collectibles to contribute including a poster and program from Nevada Sesquicentennial All-Star Concert that was held in Reynolds Hall on Sept. 22, 2014. Part of the once-in-a-lifetime celebration included a performance by Las Vegas entertainer Frankie Moreno and Gilbert Magnet School students singing the state song. The act was so well received that The Smith Center produced a special-release cd and video of Moreno in studio with the students once again singing “Home Means Nevada.” Recorded Oct. 30, 2014, the cd was released to coincide with one of the culminating activities of the sesquicentennial – a record-breaking most people singing their state song at the same time.

After the capsule was filled, it was lowered underground into a cement chamber near a path that leads from the entrance of the Nevada State Museum into the Springs Preserve. It was topped with a handsome bronze plaque with directions:

This time capsule to remain sealed until
NEVADA DAY, OCTOBER 31, 2064

Story & photos by Greg Thilmont

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