Clark County preserves memorial artifacts for exhibition

The Clark County Museum has documented and preserved items left at makeshift memorials in tribute to the victims of 1 October. More than 12,000 artifacts have been preserved and cataloged to date with the help of volunteers, and a portion of the items will be displayed in the exhibition “How We Mourned: Selected Artifacts from the October 1 Memorials” from Sept. 28 to Feb. 24, 2019, at the Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway in Henderson.

The exhibition includes flags, stuffed animals, rosaries, artificial flowers, signs, letters, banners, candles, art works, and a portion of a large Hawaiian lei that was left to promote world peace.

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“The outpouring of love and support for Las Vegas after what this community endured was a bright spot in an otherwise terrible episode in our history,” said Jim Gibson, whose district includes the festival site as well as the museum and half the Welcome sign, in a press release about the event. “This exhibit will be a reminder of how the community and the nation came together in the wake of the tragedy and I encourage residents and visitors to take in the exhibit.”

Clark County is also collecting the stories behind the memorial items to record and preserve the community’s reaction to this tragic event. Click here to share your story.

For more information about “How We Mourned,” contact the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum at  All of the artifacts cataloged to date can be viewed on the website. Admission is $1 for children and seniors and $2 for adults. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.


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