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Reno museum tells story of Nevada's journey from territory to state

How did Nevada go from being a territory to a state so quickly? Find out at Reno's Nevada Museum of Art

As the Silver State prepares to celebrate its 150th birthday, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno is launching its newest exhibit, “The 36thStar: Nevada’s Journey from Territory to State.”

From Aug. 2-Nov. 2, three of the museum's galleries will display historic artifacts and photographs to highlight how in just three years Nevada went from becoming a territory to a state. Congress officially recognized the nation’s newest state on Oct. 31, 1864.

The hand-painted American flag with 36 stars that flew over Ft. Ruby, in the wilderness of eastern Nevada, is among the significant artifacts. Dr. John Long, who was the post's surgeon, took the flag home with him to Ohio after his tour of duty. It’s now property of the Nevada State Library and Archives.

The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, will join the exhibit from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.  It will be on loan from the National Archives for a rare appearance.

The art museum, 160 W. Liberty St. in downtown Reno, is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $1 for children 6-12.

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