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October 2018

Donner Party Tour with Fred Horlacher

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$65 – $75

Meet at 8:30 at 11th St Nugget Bus Stop. Victorian Plaza Circle Parking Garage past the Valet when heading East Bus Leaves at 9 Donner Tours Scheduled for 9 am Guided Bus Tour Field Trip In the comfort of a chartered first class coach, retrace the Donner Party’s struggles from the Forty Mile Desert to the snow bound camps at Donner Lake and Alder Creek. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE TICKETS (775) 355 1144 Reservation Required Please bring a Bag more »

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“Amazing Nevada Trek” with Allen Bruner

October 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, Nevada 89431 United States
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  This is an Exhibit Lecture Event with Allen Bruner, PowerPoint presentation of Allen and Barry’s Trek North through Nevada. Explore the dimensions of their travels and know what Nevada has to offer when you walk through. This is an exploration into the scenic trek of Allen and Barry that we are fascinated to learn about.

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Museum Closed Nevada Day Observed

October 26, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Ave
Sparks, NV 89431 Select a Country:
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Sparks Museum is closed due to Nevada Day observed. The Museum will resume normal operating hours Saturday 10/27 1-4 pm. 8 Train will be open with Docent for tours each Saturday 1-4pm.

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Mark Vollmer “Landscapes, Skyscapes & Great Escapes” Reception Event

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sparks Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
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In this solo exhibit, Mark shows some of the stunning moments he’s seen while exploring Nevada & The West. His beautiful work in the Sparks Museum’s 2nd floor Cultural Center on exhibit and for sale until December 15th. Photograph is original work by Mark Vollmer. All Rights Reserved      Lake Tahoe Sunset 

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November 2018

First Saturday Lecture Series Present Craig Downer “The World’s Endangered Species Today Present a Crisis of Conscience for Humanity”

November 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, Nevada 89431 United States
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"The World's Endangered Species Today Present a Crisis of Conscience for Humanity" will be delivered at 2 & 3:30 PM on Saturday November 3rd  at the Sparks Museum in Sparks Nevada (Corner Victoria & East McCarren). This Lecture Series is Craig Downers first hand call to action. This is his personal account concerning the plight of most of the Earth's wild horse species and how to ensure their continued survival. Craig Downer  reveals the core issues that each one of us should more »

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December 2018

First Saturday Lecture Series postponed due to Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade

December 1, 2018

The Sparks Museum with be open normal operating hours of 11-4pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturday 1-4pm. Please visit the museum and pick up a calendar or call and we can answer any question you may have regarding Sparks Museum Scheduled Events.

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Arts For All Nevada Paint and Snack

December 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cultural Center Sparks Museum, 814 Victorian Ave
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$20.00

Arts for All Nevada is conducting a Paint and Snack Event hosted in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center. The $20.00 fee benefits the events and ensures the opportunity to continue with these types of events in the future. There is no greater gift than the gift of a unique art piece created by you and your loved ones. Bring the Kids to create a wonderful work of art to share. This event is geared towards to young adult to the more »

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January 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series THERE’S NO LAKE ON LAKE STREET Presented by James D. Umbach

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431 United States

Sparks First Saturday Lecture Series features a notable speaker to share insightful information to the local community. These First Saturday Lecture Series are free to attend and open to all inspired to join in each month 2-3:30 pm on the Second Floor of the Sparks Heritage Museum in the Cultural Center. THERE'S NO LAKE ON LAKE STREET A presentation by James D. Umbach Have you ever noticed that there is no Mill on Mill Street?  Where is the lake on more »

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February 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series Presents Jim Bonar of the Lincoln Highway Association

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
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Jim Bonar, Nevada State Director of the Lincoln Highway Association. The Lincoln Highway Association was responsible for the mapping and definition of the first transcontinental highway across the country and was formed on October 31, 1913. Jim’s presentation will explain how the Association was formed and the evolution of the highway until its demise in 1926.  Jim’s narration along with vintage photos and short films will take you on a tour across the country on the Lincoln Highway.  The program will include a more »

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Closed Today Due to  Severe Weather Conditions.

February 5

Due to severe weather conditions the museum is not open today. Please visit the sparksmuseum.org calendar of events or call before visiting the museum if there is a question about the museum hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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March 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series presents Neal Cobb and the Harold’s Club Exhibit

March 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Avenue
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
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Neal Cobb presents The Harold's Club Early Days of Gaming in the Area. This will be an opportunity to meet the family patriarch. Items on display in the Sparks Heritage Museum Changing Gallery are on exhibit courtesy of the Cobb Family Estate.  Official photograph from the Harold Club Official Photographer, Iconic Kennedy photo in the background by same photographer. Sparks First Saturday Lecture Series features a notable speaker to share insightful information to the local community. These First Saturday Lecture more »

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Nevada’s Big Give

March 21
Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
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Donate Here TODAY IS THE DAY! Making a Difference. Since Nevada’s Big Give was founded, over 20,000 unique donors have supported nearly 500 nonprofits and schools throughout the state of Nevada, raising over $4 million in support of the organizations that make our state great. In 2018, Nevada’s Big Give raised $631,683.00 for organizations and schools throughout Nevada from nearly 4,500 individual donors.  #NVBigGive The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center has joined with great organizations across the Silver State to participate more »

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April 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series Presents Garrett Barmore

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
Free

Garrett Barmore of the W.M. Keck Museum will be featured on the 2nd level of the Sparks Heritage Museum, 2 to 3:30 pm. Garrett has been the Curator at the Keck since September 2013. He has the most fascinating information regarding the artifacts he has come across in the process  of archiving and preservation. First Saturday Lecture are Free to the community. Everyone is encouraged to come down to the museum and experience the wealth of history found. Garrett has more »

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Truckee River History Presentation

April 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave
Sparks, 89431 United States

    May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Notable speakers Scott Carey and Dick Dreiling highlight the life of the Truckee River and its role in Nevada. This is a One Truckee River Month VIP event, get your VIP card punched by a One Truckee River representative at the event. Attend a minimum 5 out of 10 VIP events and you could win a prize from local businesses like Patagonia, REI, Mt. Rose Ski Resort, Reno Aces & 1868, Nevada more »

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May 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series presented by Alicia Barber

May 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave
Sparks, NV 89431 Select a Country:
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Commemorating the History of 4th Street & Prater Way presented by Alicia Barber The corridor stretching from 4th Street in Reno through Prater Way in Sparks is one of the region's most historic thoroughfares, from its roots as a county road, railway bed, and streetcar route to its designation as the Lincoln and Victory Highways and U.S. Highway 40. In 2011, the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County initiated a multi-year partnership with historian Alicia Barber, PhD, to document the more »

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One Truckee River Month

May 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 820 Victorian Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431 Select a Country:
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Free

Learn more about the Truckee River and how it help sculpt or local area. Sparks Heritage Museum is happy to present this event in celebration of One Truckee River Month. One Truckee River Month Event Speakers include  Scott Carey and Dick Dreiling. May 25th in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center.  2-3:30pm

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Older American Month Free Admission for Seniors Each Tuesday

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Older American Month Each Tuesday Sparks Heritage Museum Foundation supports Older Americans Month by giving free admission to seniors and family that visit. Hours of operation are 11 am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays 1-4pm. May 11th Walking Tour 814 Victorian Ave. 10 am.

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Victorian Square Walking Tour 814 Victorian Ave. 10 am.

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Scott Carey as he explores Downtown Victorian Square. Scott has the best historical information pertaining to our local area. Come down and take a gander at what's going on down here.   May 11th Walking Tour 814 Victorian Ave. 10 am.

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One Truckee River Speakers Dick and Scott 2-3:30pm

May 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cultural Center Sparks Museum, 814 Victorian Ave
Sparks, Nevada Select a Country:
Free

Learn more about the Truckee River and how it help sculpt or local area. Sparks Heritage Museum is happy to present this event in celebration of One Truckee River Month. One Truckee River Month Event Speakers include  Scott Carey and Dick Dreiling. May 25th in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center.  2-3:30pm

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June 2019

First Saturday Lecture Series 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sparks Museum Cultural Center, 814 Victorian Ave
Sparks, NV 89431 United States
Free

Sparks Heritage Museum celebrates the first moon landing by the Apollo 11 with free admission. First Saturday Lecture Series presented by Dick Drieling, a local historian and Dr. Richard Simmonds, a participant in the Lunar Quarentine program and former NASA employee. First Saturday Lecture Series are 2-3:30pm in the Sparks Museum Cultural Center. The crew of the Apollo 11 mission: Neil Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins. U.S. News & World Report magazine photograph collection (Library of Congress)   Promotional more »

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