The new exhibit at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center opened last night to a packed house in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.
Attendees enjoyed the stories by native-language specialist Ben Aleck and presentation of cultural and environmental issues by Ralph Burns. Both are members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Bernard Mergen, who grew up on the shores of Pyramid Lake and is a professor emeritus at George Washington University, offered an historical perspective on Pyramid Lake’s people, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake as an icon of western expansion.
The exhibit features “paintings, photographs and other artifacts such as cradleboards, baskets, pelican eggs and a rattlesnake from Anaho Island,” according to a press release from UNR.
The exhibit is open now through September 2015. It is well worth a visit to UNR’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Paid parking is available on the top floor parking garage on N. Virginia Street. More information: contact Donnelyn Curtis at Special Collections & University Archives, 775-682-5668 or firstname.lastname@example.org