Vegas PBS seeks ‘sense of place’ in project to save residents’ photos

(February 27, 2019)

Vegas PBS is teaming up with community partners to document Las Vegas’ physical and cultural history by digitizing local residents’ photos.

The station will hold two events to collect and digitize photos that show how Las Vegas’ landscape changed from 1960–90, a period of rapid development and population growth. The photos will illustrate the critical role of water in the development of the city’s infrastructure and culture and will be used in a Vegas PBS documentary and other local programming.

Vegas PBS received a $12,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the project. Half of the grant will be used to promote the events and produce programming. The rest will aid digitizing of the photos by the Special Collections and Archives unit at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries, a partner in the project and frequent collaborator with Vegas PBS.