‘A Place in the Sun’: The Sands Hotel and the Mob
The Sands Hotel was one of the glamorous resorts that transformed Las Vegas into an international resort destination in the 1950s. Historian David Schwartz will trace the story of the Sands, from its Mob origins and the Rat Pack to Howard Hughes and its ultimate implosion. This multimedia presentation also will highlight the many fascinating characters who made the Sands an enduring icon on the Strip.
A book signing will follow in the Museum’s Historic Courtroom.
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David G. Schwartz, a professor and the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, studies gambling and casinos, video games, Las Vegas, tourism, and higher education.
Schwartz has written several books, including Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas, Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling, and Boardwalk Playground: The Making, Unmaking, & Remaking of Atlantic City.
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schwartz earned his bachelor’s degree (a double major in anthropology and history) as well as his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his doctorate in US History from UCLA. His academic interest in gambling stems from his hands-on experience in the casino industry as a security officer, surveillance officer, and Mr. Peanut.