Education and Senior Outreach

Investigating History

“The students and teachers loved how the program made history come to life. The presenter was interesting and engaging. The students greatly enjoyed the artifacts that were shared. This is our second year experiencing the Investigating History program and we hope to have many more years to come.”

Michele Cobb, Assistant Principal, Lee Antonello Elementary School

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Imagine closely examining postcards from the Prohibition Era, discovering the tricks to staying cool in Las Vegas before air conditioning, or analyzing fingerprints just like a crime scene investigator. Students can do that and more, right in the classroom.

Trained Museum educators travel to schools with historical objects and activities to deliver hands-on, standards-based presentations. Students use Common Core-aligned strategies to interpret primary sources and enrich traditional social studies and science curriculum.

Presentations are 50 minutes with pre- and post-visit materials available for teachers. Additional information on the standards addressed by individual presentations available upon request.

Investigating History was awarded the city of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission’s Preservation Education award for 2016. The award recognizes The Mob Museum for going to extraordinary efforts in promoting, preserving and educating the public regarding Las Vegas history.

For more information, please contact Claire White at 702-724-8629 or For information on pricing, please click here.

The creation of this program was generously funded by the Las Vegas Centennial Commission. Additional support in 2017 provided by East West Bank and Union Pacific Foundation enables the Museum to provide free presentations to underserved schools in our community.


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Building a Community in the Desert (Grades 2-7)
What do you need to build a city in a desert? Students learn how a railroad created Las Vegas as educators present objects and images related to the city’s 1905 settlement and its early years as a railroad depot.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history

Las Vegas & the Hoover Dam (Grades 2-7)
Why is the Hoover Dam so important to Las Vegas? Students will discover why the dam was constructed and what life was like for the workers who built the dam – both on the job and in 1930s Southern Nevada.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history

Las Vegas through the Ages (Grades 4-12)
A crash course in Las Vegas history! Educators bring the history of Las Vegas to life through objects, images, and stories — from the earliest Paiute inhabitants to the mob’s influence to the modern suburbs and megaresorts.
Curriculum strands: Las Vegas history, organized crime

Mob-Mobile Investigation Experience (Grades 4-12)
Students experience some of the investigative technologies that have helped take down the mob—including wiretapping, video surveillance, and fingerprint and footwear analysis. Note: this presentation involves the use of The Mob Museum’s specially outfitted “Mob-Mobile.”
Curriculum strands: criminal justice, forensic science

Forensic Science and the Fingerprint (Grades 5-12)
Did you know every person has a unique set of fingerprints? Educators introduce the science and history behind fingerprinting, and students try their hand at recording and analyzing their own fingerprints.
Curriculum strands: criminal justice, forensic science

Prohibition & American Society (Grades 7-12)
Students meet some of the Prohibition era’s movers and shakers – bootleggers, flappers, mob bosses, and more, as educators present objects and documents related to American life during Prohibition and explore societal changes and the dramatic increase in crime.
Curriculum strands: U.S. history, government, organized crime

Ballistics and the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (Grades 7-12)
Students learn about the rise of organized crime during Prohibition and examine the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in order to understand the crime’s impact on society as well as forensic science and criminal investigations. Educators show students how firearm examiners analyze and compare bullets.
Curriculum strands: U.S. history, criminal justice, forensic science, organized crime