Black Mountain Institute; UNLV College of Urban Affairs
Geoff Schumacher and Michael Green discuss the "difference between blowing up history and blowing up hotels" when it comes to preserving history in the Las Vegas Valley. Despite the fact that Las Vegas is often percieved as being a place that does not value history and historicism, Schumacher and Green point out the ways in which local archives, museums, and oral history projects do capture our past and point to the future. Part of understanding the history of Las Vegas is to understand the role that the thrill of the new has played in our tourism industry, and to see that our ways of urban renewal and reinvention are a part of what makes our history unique.
Historic preservation; History; Local history materials; Nevada – Las Vegas
American Material Culture | American Popular Culture | American Studies | Cultural History | Tourism | United States History | Urban Studies
Green, M. S.
Nexus 5: Las Vegas history and culture.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/blackmountain_lectures_events/82