Nevada Humanities, in partnership with the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, offers the Pathways to Progress bus tour and lunchtime lecture on May 11th, 2013, as part of events to mark National Preservation month. The tour will take participants through downtown Las Vegas to McCarran Airport, downtown again via Boulder Highway, and will end back at the Historic El Cortez Hotel and Casino for lunch and a lecture.
The tour will be led by Clark County Museum Director Mark Hall-Patton, historian and regular contributor on the nationally syndicated Pawn Star television show, with assistance from Brian Paco Alvarez, local expert and Las Vegas native. Hall-Patton will draw on his extensive knowledge of Las Vegas history to talk about the crucial role that trails, rails, roads, and runways have played in shaping the city we know today.
The lunctime lecture, given by historian, preservationist, and author Peter Moruzzi, with Las Vegas roadside architecture aficionado Jerry Stefani, will focus on the history of El Cortez itself. This Spanish Colonial Revival building was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places and is the only Las Vegas casino still standing that can lay claim to such a distinction.
Tickets are $20 each and include the tour, lecture, and light lunch. Online registration is required and should be completed by May 8, 2013. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please visit www.nevadahumanities.org.