Hi again everybody! On this weeks adventure to find what there is to do and see in Mesquite, I decided to stop in and check out the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum. I spoke with Elspeth Kuta, the museum’s coordinator and she gave me the history of the building. Built from 1938 to 1941 was mostly built by the National Youth Administration program, but was abandoned ¾ of the through because the young men building were diverted to the war effort. The men in the town finished it with what materials they had on hand and made due with what they could find. The building itself predates Mesquite by almost 44 years and has been used for a variety of purposes from a library to a hospital, and now houses the history of this town and its families.
If you want to stop in and see it for yourself, Val Woods is here as resident Story Teller and will tell you the stories of the Valley as you wander through for a peek at history. He is amazing to listen to because he tells stories in a less formal way, more like family lore, so the stories are much more interesting and relatable. Connie Ramirez, the museums’ cataloger has done an amazing job bringing history and modern times together by setting up access to the individual pieces in the museum by linking every display case to a QR code that you can scan on your phone and you can select the individual items in the case for a break down on the history of that piece. The Virgin Valley Heritage Museum only has about ⅓ o its stock on display but you can access pictures and information of its entire 3200 piece catalog on their website https://www.mesquitenv.gov/departments/museum
I took a moment to wander through their gift shop and found some amazing finds. They have a variety of Mesquite Nevada logo items from golf balls, to clothing, to coffee mugs, the ever-present Danielle’s Chocolates Snowy Popcorn, a selection of items made by local crafters, and some art and collectible items that are popular in the area. They even have a selection of items to show your pride in your favorite branch of the military. Great for souvenirs for family and friends that have visited, or if you just want to show off your town pride, this would be an amazing stop to find holiday gift ideas this year.
If you’d like to stop in and explore the museum yourself, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The museum is completely free to the public.