In a time of great grief after the Route 91 concert shooting, the world mourned with Las Vegas and Clark County. Residents and visitors alike left objects at makeshift memorials, including ones at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and at Reno Street.
These objects were eventually collected and brought to the Clark County Museum to be documented and preserved. While the process is not complete, with the help of many volunteers and staff, more than 12,000 artifacts have been cataloged to date.
One year after the tragic event, the Clark County Museum will highlight the strength of our community by hosting a new temporary exhibit entitled, "How We Mourned: Selected Artifacts from the October 1 Memorials," from Friday, Sept. 28 through Feb. 24, 2019. A selection of the items left at the memorials will make up the exhibit, including flags, stuffed animals, rosaries, artificial flowers, signs, letters, banners, candles, art works, and a portion of a large Hawaiian lei that was left to promote world peace.
"The outpouring of love and support for Las Vegas after what this community endured was a bright spot in an otherwise terrible episode in our history," said Jim Gibson, whose district includes the festival site as well as the museum and half the Welcome sign. "This exhibit will be a reminder of how the community and the nation came together in the wake of the tragedy and I encourage residents and visitors to take in the exhibit."
Those wanting more information about "How We Mourned" may call the Clark County Museum at (702) 455-7995 or visit the museum at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/museum, where one may view all the artifacts that have been cataloged to date.
The Clark County Museum's indoor exhibit hall features displays about Southern Nevada history from prehistoric to modern times. The 30-acre property also has an outdoor collection of restored historic buildings that depict daily life from important periods in local history. Offerings include a wedding chapel, print shop, railroad cottage and several homes all open for self-guided tours. Admission is $1 for children and seniors and $2 for adults. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The museum is part of the County's Department of Parks and Recreation, which may be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. You can find them here: http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.