94°F
weather icon Clear

Death Valley to host Preservation 50 in October

Death Valley National Park invites all history buffs to its Preservation 50 event, taking place next month.

The two-day event going on Oct. 15 and 16, will give attendees the chance to learn about Death Valley’s rich cultural heritage through presentations by local historians, archaeologists, and tribal members.

From learning what is an atlatl and how to throw one, to seeing what preservation of a ghost town takes and more, the Preservation 50 event has activities to please all history buffs.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to share Death Valley’s cultural heritage,” said Wanda Raschkow, an archaeologist in Death Valley National Park. “Hopefully participants will leave even more inspired to preserve the area’s historic and archaeological artifacts.”

The free presentation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

The Oct. 16 portion of the event will offer various hands-on activities and field trips, giving the public a chance to witness how deep the efforts to preserve Death Valley’s past go.

For those who want to get their hands dirty, there will be an opportunity to assist archaeologists screening soil from an archaeological site to search for artifacts.

Field trips will be offered to nearby historic sites, like Ryan Camp. Space on the Oct. 16 activities is limited, so those planning on attending are encouraged to sign up at Furnace Creek Visitor Center the day before.

Preservation 50 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, which was the most comprehensive historic preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States.

The preservation act was signed into law on Oct. 15, 1966, intending to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the U.S. and established the list of National Historic Landmarks and the State Historic Preservation Offices.

The preservation act also developed the National Register of Historic Places, which is overseen by the National Park Service.

The Preservation 50 is one of Death Valley’s series of special events celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service.

Preservation 50 is sponsored by the Death Valley Conservancy, Death Valley Natural History Association, and Death Valley National Park.

For more information about Preservation 50 contact Carrie Jordan at 760a-786-3299 or carrie_jordan@nps.gov.

Contact reporter Mick Akers at makers@pvtimes.com. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Extension’s summer series turns to bookkeeping matters

With small businesses scrambling to adapt amid COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering a town hall this Wednesday where economic and business experts and small business owners will talk about the newest challenges small businesses are facing during this phase of the pandemic.

Extension’s summer series turns to bookkeeping matters

With small businesses scrambling to adapt amid COVID-19, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is offering a town hall this Wednesday where economic and business experts and small business owners will talk about the newest challenges small businesses are facing during this phase of the pandemic.

Report: Thousands at risk of eviction by September

A report from the nonpartisan research group The Guinn Center suggests that between 272,000 and 327,000 Nevadans could face eviction by September after protections enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic expire.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Saturday, July 11 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $23 million.

New face to join Nye County Water District Governing Board

For anyone who has been following the water issues in Nye County over the years, it is no secret that the Nye County Water District and its associated governing board are sources of contention and fierce debate among not just the public but the members of the Nye County Commission as well.

COVID-19 contact tracing attracts scammers

Contact tracing can help stop the spread of COVID-19, and a contact tracer from the health department might call if you have been exposed. But scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, and residents should be wary.

Blood donors can learn COVID-19 antibody status

Vitalant, the first national blood bank to test all blood donations for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is heading to Pahrump for a blood drive. All donors will receive a COVID-19 antibody test with each successful donation.