Becoming America’s Playground: Las Vegas in the 1950s
Las Vegas hosted 1 million tourists in 1950. It hosted 10 million in 1960. During the 1950s, Las Vegas grew into the leading destination for postwar America to enjoy vices illegal or frowned upon back home. Historian Larry Gragg will discuss his latest book, Becoming America’s Playground: Las Vegas in the 1950s, which explains how this pivotal decade transformed Las Vegas forever.
A book signing in the Museum Retail Store follows the program.