New exhibit at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center

August 19, 2012

A new exhibit, “A Salute to the Military,” opened on Friday, August 17, at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center (formerly known as the Sparks Heritage Museum). This special exhibit commemorates the nation’s battles from the Civil War to the Global War on Terrorism. All of the services are represented in the salute and there are photos and stories about some of our local community members. In the upcoming months the Museum will be hosting special lectures, military art exhibits and a military Appreciation Day highlighted by a collection of military vehicles.

The exhibit is full of interesting facts and includes photos, weapons, artifacts, models and uniforms donated by over thirty local veterans and their families. A sandbag bunker built by the Boy Scouts gives one a real sense of the Vietnam Era. Visitors have the opportunity to feel how heavy the uniforms were by trying on a bullet proof vest and helmet.

A rare 36 Star Flag, Spanish American War uniforms, a piece of the Berlin Wall, “Iraqi’s Most Wanted” playing cards and an impressive collection of weapons ranging from a World War I machine gun to an M72 LAW’s and an M18 Claymore Mine, are but a few of the items on display.

The Sparks Museum and Cultural Center is located at 814 Victorian Avenue, corner of Pyramid Way. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free. The museum is funded by donations and operated by volunteers as a service to the citizens of Sparks. For more information, call (775) 355-1144.

The Sparks Museum is a Blue Star Museum. Active duty personnel and their families get free admission through Labor Day. The National Automobile Museum in Reno is also a Blue Star Museum.

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