‘WIDE OPEN’ PART 1: 90 YEARS OF LEGAL GAMBLING IN NEVADA: BECOMING AMERICA’S PLAYGROUND, 1931-1960
Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Inside the Historic Courtroom on the second floor. To watch a livestream of part one of this event, click on the “Watch” button here. To watch a livestream of part two of this event, click on the “Watch” button here.
Cost: Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Reservations are required. Click here to RSVP for part one. Click here to RSVP for part two.
Description: Nevada’s gambling industry will recognize its 90th anniversary in March. It is an epic story packed with brazen entrepreneurs, dangerous mobsters and legendary entertainers. The Mob Museum will host a two-part speaker series featuring experts on the turbulent and Mob-infused history of Nevada’s dominant industry. Speakers will be joining in-person.
On March 11, Michael Green and Geoff Schumacher chart the gambling industry’s rise from legalization in 1931 through the Mob-controlled golden age of the 1950s.
- Michael Green is an associate professor of history at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is the author of numerous books on the history of Nevada and Las Vegas, including “Nevada: A History of the Silver State” and “Las Vegas: A Centennial History.” He is also a member of The Mob Museum’s board of directors.
- Geoff Schumacher is the vice president of exhibits and programs for The Mob Museum. He is the author of “Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia, and Palace Intrigue” and “Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas.”