by Glen Whorton This has been another month of slow but steady progress. The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust grant has made it possible to begin work on preparing the prison for tours. There are three projects that we know are going to be needed, even though the Code Analysis is not complete. We are going to need handrails for the walkway from the visiting room to the cellhouse. There will be a requirement for a handicap ramp at the entrance to the cellhouse. Lastly we want to open the tier between A Block and B Block of the cellhouse. … Read More
Carson City Chamber of Commerce President Ronni Hannaman authored this story published in the Nevada Appeal. Ronni highlights some of achievements and challenges the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society and it’s members are working on. A sincere “thank you” to Ronni and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce!
“The John Ben Snow Foundation and Memorial Trust has awarded a $12,500 grant to NSPPS. The grant funds are earmarked for the permit project, which is being led by a team of architects and engineers, and is currently underway. The permit process looks at requirements for changing the approved use of the site from an occupied prison to a historical site with public access. These funds will help pay for the neccesary modifications to the site and structures. Everything the society does is accomplished without public funds, so this grant is extremely important and very much appreciated. The Grant Committee … Read More
On June 8, 2017, the International Footprint Association, Carson Valley Chapter, presented a check for $1,000 to the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society. The presentation was made by Ray Hoyt and Sheriff Ron Pierini, representing the Footprinters This generous donation will be used to fund various elements of the process to change the official use of NSP from occupied prison to a public historical site. The presentation was made at the entrance to the prison. The Footprint Association supports law enforcement within their communities, as well as worthy movements and charities.
The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering (formerly School of Mines), located at the University of Nevada Reno, is home to the W.M. Keck Museum. Opened in 1908, it is the 2nd oldest museum in Nevada and the oldest geology museum. Here you will find the infamous tracks of the giant sloth, along with fossilized footprints of camel, deer, and dog, all cut from the yard at the Nevada State Prison.
The May/June 2017 edition of NEVADA MAGAZINE will feature the story of the Nevada State Prison and the work being done by the Society to preserve this important part of Nevada History.