‘Las Vegas Lineup’ invites public to ID photos and visit with curators at Nevada State Museum

Who’s that? … And that? … And that?

We need your eagle eyes, Las Vegans. We’ll even bring in our own eagle eyes to help you — to help US — identify subjects in vintage photos from the “Swingin’ ’60s” at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

Be part of our efforts by meeting the curators of the photo exhibit Las Vegas Lineup on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m., as part of the ongoing exhibit that runs through Dec. 31 at the museum at 309 S. Valley View Blvd, on the Springs Preserve campus. The curator’s chat features a behind-the-scenes look at the respective storage vaults of each institution, with an invitation to browse binders filled with copies of unidentified photos, handle cameras from the 1960s and look through the institutions’ historic photo collections.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the museum and the Las Vegas News Bureau, a department of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA, which produces Las Vegas Newswire).

Both agencies are requesting help from the public to identify people in the photos from the museum’s photo collection, and the vast archives of the News Bureau, whose photography staff has been chronicling Las Vegas for more than 70 years and distributing the images to media outlets worldwide. A partnership between the two organizations was a natural fit, as the museum’s mission is to inspire and educate the public about the history of Nevada and preserve it for future generations.

During the curators’ visit at the newly bilingual exhibit — fully translated into Spanish for the first time — visitors can learn how the initial version of the national award-winning Las Vegas Lineup was assembled. Discover how the community responded by identifying more than 1,500 photo subjects and learn more about the collection, which was recently refreshed to cover the heyday of classic ’60s Vegas.

“Even if you were not here then, the exhibit shows an exciting time in the history of Las Vegas,” said Dennis McBride, museum director, in a statement.

Viewed by more than 100,000 people, Las Vegas Lineup was created as a two-part project. Initially, it was conceived as a traveling presentation, with attendees invited to browse binders full of copies of unidentified photos. Then it was presented as a formal exhibit with an array of unidentified photos on panels.

As a result, Las Vegas Lineup generated considerable enthusiasm among both the public and professional historians and archivists. The initial version received the prestigious American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence. Additionally, Lineup was honored with the Spotlight Award from the Society of American Archivists and the Special Projects Award from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists.

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