Request for Donations

Updated: October 2020

Dear Friend of NSPPS:

The Nevada State Prison in Carson City, Nevada opened in 1862 and is the third oldest prison west of the Mississippi. It was de-commissioned on May 18, 2012 after 150 years of continuous operation. The Nevada State Prison Preservation Society (NSPPS) was formed on November 1, 2012 with the goal of preserving and developing this important historical site for the education of this state’s citizens and visitors. It is anticipated that, when open, it will also greatly benefit tourism to our area.

The Society is doing everything it can to prepare the Nevada State Prison for tours and events, but our financial resources are limited. Now, we are launching a fund raising effort and asking for your help.

The work we are doing is being accomplished without state funds. Until recently, we were able to generate funds through tours, lectures, and events. In April of 2015, the Society learned that future activity at the prison must be placed on hold until an application is made to officially change its use from occupied prison to an historic public site. At the end of this process a new certificate of occupancy will be issued and activity at the site can resume. This process includes a code analysis, architectural drawings, and any structural modifications required for health, safety, or access reasons. The code analysis alone will cost in excess of $17,000. Costs for the drawings and structural modifications will not be known until after the code analysis.
We are seeking donations in any amount, small or large, from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Donations to NSPPS may be made in the following ways:

  • Mail a personal check, money order, or bank check payable to:
    NSPPS, P.O. Box 1991, Carson City Nevada 89701-1991
  • Give your donation to any member of the NSPPS Board of Directors
  • We are now able to receive your donations via PayPal, see button below.

Your donation will help us make this historically significant attraction available to residents and visitors alike. Tours will resume as soon as the permit process is complete. All donations are tax deductible. We will send a letter acknowledging your donation and providing you with our tax ID number.

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