About Nevada 150

Nevada’s Turning 150!

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come. Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of native and non-native Nevadans alike.

By executive order of Governor Brian Sandoval, this once-in-a-lifetime occasion is an opportunity to showcase the unique contribution of Nevada’s culture and history. Plans for the yearlong celebration include official community based and signature Nevada 150 events, guaranteed to instill pride and inspire all Nevadans to participate in the Sesquicentennial celebration. These events and projects will be strategically designed to connect all communities throughout Nevada by tapping into the common pride in our shared heritage possessed by all who live or have lived in Nevada.

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration in October 2014.

Message from Governor Brian Sandoval

As Governor of Nevada, I am pleased to welcome you to the grandest celebration our state has ever experienced. Nevada 150 will provide all Nevadans with opportunities to reflect on who we are, where we came from and the bright future ahead of us.

On October 31, 1864, after thousands of years as a sacred home to indigenous people, Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union of the United States of America. At the time of its statehood, Nevada boomed with a promise of riches from the Comstock. Over the past 150 years, countless Nevadans have lived, worked, learned and played in a state rich with history, culture and the promise of opportunity.

Nevada’s 150th anniversary celebration is an opportunity for us to share our history, our culture and our future with each other and with people from around the world. Nevada’s best days are here to come and together we will make this an anniversary we will cherish and remember forever.

The Nevada of my youth was a place of pride, activity, optimism and opportunity. This has long been our state’s heritage and it will be our future as well. As I said in my Inaugural Address in 2011, when the clock strikes on our 150th anniversary, Nevada will be Nevada again!

Sincere regards,
Brian Sandoval, Governor