New exhibit celebrates ‘Latin Legends’ in Las Vegas history

Hispanic Heritage Month — and particularly, the Spanish-speaking entertainers who have contributed so significantly to Las Vegas history — are getting a photographic salute in the new exhibit, Latin Legends.

Opening Aug. 17 and in place for official recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), the exhibit at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is a collaboration of the museum and the Las Vegas News Bureau (a department of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which produces Las Vegas Newswire).

Included in the exhibit are Hispanic stars captured in performance photos throughout decades. They include Desi Arnaz, Xavier Cugat, Carlos Santana, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Charo, Rita Moreno and Luis Miguel.

Volunteers with the Friends of Nevada State Museum worked in tandem with the News Bureau and museum staff to choose and identify photos from the News Bureau’s extensive archive. UNLV graduate student Jorge Lontop created the exhibit’s design, and the text accompanying the photos will be in both English and Spanish, a practice the museum is instituting for all future changing exhibits.

“Providing museum texts in Spanish makes our museum exhibit accessible to more people and continues to strengthen and endorse the museum’s goal to inspire and educate a wider audience,” says museum director Dennis McBride.

Hispanic Heritage Month began as a one-week celebration under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and was expanded into a monthlong observance by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

The Nevada State Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 309 S. Valley View Boulevard, on the campus of the Springs Preserve. For more information, call 702-486-5205 or visit


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