Sesquicentennial Tomorrow

After two-thirds of a year of “celebrating” the Sesquicentennial of Carson City, the time has come for the actual birthday party to be thrown. Tomorrow, Saturday Aug 16, has been designated the official “Sesquicentennial Day”, and that is the day all the events are being held. For the complete list of events I’m going to defer to the Nevada Appeal, who have also put together an article on Fred and Maxine Nietz, who are organizing the event and have also been invaluable in sending in materials both to Around Carson and the WNHPC. Fred and Maxine run Arlington Group, which also puts on other events around town like the Rendezvous and the Christmas Tree lighting. They’ve done a lot of thankless work to pull off this celebration tomorrow, so I want to be one to say thanks.

Sesquicentennial Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m. – History of the Carson City Mint, Robert Nylen, Curator of History at Nevada State Museum
10 a.m.-Noon – Meet President Abe Lincoln at the Nevada State Capitol
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – 30 minute tours of the Capitol Building, on the half-hour
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Special Minting of the 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion in the historic Carson City Mint
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Gold Panning (outdoors), Nevada State Museum
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Kid’s Treasure Chest and Rubbings, Nevada State Museum
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Annual Children’s Carnival, Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada
11 a.m.: Mark Twain and Coins and Curiosities of the Comstock – Chautauqua by McAvoy Layne, Nevada State Museum
Noon-6 p.m.: Birthday Bash Celebration, Nugget Parking Lot
1 p.m.: Chili Cook-off Tasting and Judging, Nugget Parking Lot
1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Coins in Nevada History, plus Morgan Dollar Grading Seminar by Will Robins, Nevada State Museum
1-5 p.m.: Downtown Beer Crawl
2 p.m.: Chili Cook-off Awards, Nugget Parking Lot
2:45 p.m.: Procession from Children’s Museum to State Museum and then to Nugget Lot. Start at Children’s Museum, south on Plaza, west on Robinson, cross Carson Street to the State Museum, cross Robinson to Nugget Parking Lot
3 p.m.: Drawing for Man’s and Woman’s Coin Watches (value $259 each) at Nevada State Museum
4 p.m.: Abe Lincoln’s connection to Nevada Statehood, Chautauqua by Wally Earhart, Nevada State Museum
3 p.m.: Cutting the Birthday Cake, Nugget Parking Lot
3-9 p.m.: Cactus Jack’s Carson City Birthday Party, Cactus Jacks Casino
3:30 p.m.: Paul Roth Quintet, Nugget Parking Lot
7 p.m.: Karson Kruzers Street Dance, Nugget Parking Lot.


  1. In order to commemorate the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence the ?Sesqui-Centennial International Exposition? was held in the city of Philadelphia from June 1st – December 1, 1926. Each state was asked to participate in the event by the President of the United States and the mayor of the city of Philadelphia. Delaware legislators responded to the invitation by authorizing the governor in 1925 to establish a commission, the Sesqui Centennial Commission of the State of Delaware.


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