Preserve Nevada was designed for the unique situation in the state of Nevada. The centerpiece of our organizational structure is the partnership between Preserve Nevada and the UNLV Public History Program.
Launched in the Fall of 2000, the Public History Program at UNLV is designed to introduce graduate students to the theory and method of applied history. A combination of courses and hands-on internships prepares students to take their valuable skills out into the community to work in areas such as historic preservation, oral history, archival management, and in museums, libraries, and related fields. The partnership with Preserve Nevada provides a unique opportunity for UNLV students to work directly with preservationists, community leaders, and scholars striving together to preserve Nevada’s history and create a network of shared interest in our geographically vast and culturally diverse state. This partnership between a statewide preservation organization and a state university system enables students to develop important skills and establish a record of experience that they may take into the market place while simultaneously creating a new pool of educated preservation advocates in our state.
In addition to support from the UNLV Department of History and College of Liberal Arts Preserve Nevada received a $35,000 challenge grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation with additional funding coming from the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office and individual donors.