October 28: Nevada Day activities – book signings, poetry readings and fun, historical presentations about the state

Date: October 28, 2016
Time: various times between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.
There is no charge to visit the Museum retail store for the book signings.

The Mob Museum will again celebrate Nevada Day on October 28 with history presentations, presentations on law enforcement, poetry readings and book signings with Nevada writers.


“A Brief Look at Nevada History” will showcase the experiences, strengths, resilience and personalities of those who made Nevada what it is today. Led by Troy Beals, history professor at the College of Southern Nevada, the presentations will include many of the interesting people and characters that make up the state’s history, including:

  • Sarah Winnemucca fighting for Nevada’s native peoples.
  • Helen Stewart laying the foundation of Las Vegas, a paradise in the desert.
  • 21st century pioneers in green energy and technology.

The presentations will take place from 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman room on the Museum’s third floor.


Five Nevada authors and historians will sign books in The Mob Museum retail store on October 28. For more information on the books, see the section on authors below.

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Geoff Schumacher, director of content for The Mob Museum and author of Sun, Sin & Suburbia
  • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Jeff Burbank, content specialist for the Museum and author of Las Vegas Babylon and Lost Las Vegas
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Paul Papa, author of Discovering Vintage Las Vegas
  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Su Kim Chung, head of Special Collections Public Services with UNLV Libraries and author of Las Vegas: Then & Now
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: David Schwartz, author of Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas


lt-fagelLt. Harry Fagel, a law enforcement officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as well as poet, will share stories from his work with LVMPD. He also will recite his poetry during his presentation set for noon in the Oscar B. Goodman room on the Museum’s third floor.

Fagel is a Vegas native who writes and performs regularly in the Las Vegas Poetry Scene. In his 20 plus years of performance art he has written two books, Street Talk and Undercover, one chap book Skin and Bones and has released one live CD Wordmurder. He has received a Hilliard Endowment Grant from the University Nevada, Reno.


Jeff Burbank  

Jeff Burbank

Lost Las Vegas by Jeff Burbank, The Mob Museum content development specialist, traces the cherished places in the city that time and economics have swept aside before the National Register of Historic Places could save them from the wrecker’s ball or, in the case of Las Vegas, before the Neon Boneyard could claim them. Organized chronologically, the book details the many hotels and casinos that failed to move with the times and got swept away for something bigger, better and brighter.

Las Vegas Babylon shares the proof that what happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Vegas. This lively and entertaining compilation of stories chronicles decades of decadence, celebrity shenanigans and political corruption, as well as the glitz and glamour of the casinos that pass for everyday life in Las Vegas. Underneath the city’s present success lies many infamous tales of excess and debauchery. Using new information from recently released FBI documents, Jeff Burbank brings to life the Vegas Mob in its heyday, recounting never-before-heard tales of the mobsters who made Vegas what it is today.

Su Kim Chung  

Su Kim Chung

then-and-nowLas Vegas: Then and Now captures the city’s evolution from a desert railroad outpost into the gambling and entertainment capital of the world. Pairing historical photographs of the town with specially commissioned views of the same scene today, this book provides the reader with an intriguing look into the history of a city that has become a cultural icon for all that is best and worst in American society.

Su Kim Chung is the head of Special Collections Public Services with UNLV Libraries.

Paul Papa  

Paul Papa

papa-bookDiscovering Vintage Las Vegas takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments like the casinos that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city.

Paul W. Papa is an American storyteller who has lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years. He started his writing career as a security officer for the historic Sands Hotel & Casino, home of the infamous Rat Pack. It was through documenting the numerous and diverse activities that occurred on the hotel property that Papa developed a love for writing true stories about uncommon events—the tales of America.

David Schwartz  

David Schwartz

grandissimoJay Sarno built two path-breaking Las Vegas casinos, Caesars Palace (1966) and Circus Circus (1968), and planned but did not build a third, the Grandissimo, which would have started the mega-resort era a decade before Steve Wynn built The Mirage. As mobsters and accountants battled for the soul of the last American frontier town, Las Vegas had endless possibilities if you didn’t mind high stakes and stiff odds. Sarno invented the modern Las Vegas casino, but he was part of a dying breed, a back-pocket entrepreneur who’d parlayed a love for action and a few Teamster loans into a life as a Vegas casino owner.

Dr. David G. Schwartz directs the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, teaches history classes there, writes about gaming and hospitality for Vegas Seven magazine.

Geoff Schumacher  

Geoff Schumacher

geoff-bookPeople all over the globe know Las Vegas as gambling’s Mecca, Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, a resort destination that attracts more than 35 million visitors per year. But that’s just one piece of the story of this fascinating metropolis of 1.5 million people and counting. With more than 6,000 people rushing to the valley each month, Las Vegas responded to the influx with enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, all while coping with enormous economic, social and political challenges. This carefully documented history focuses on the most exciting and chaotic decade in Las Vegas history: the 1990s. Veteran journalist Geoff Schumacher captures the true essence of Las Vegas, seeing past the neon and discovering the multi-faceted communities beyond.

After a 25-year career in journalism, Geoff Schumacher is the director of content for The Mob Museum in Las Vegas. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Schumacher started his career at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a reporter, editorial writer and city editor over a 10-year period. He was editor of Las Vegas CityLife and founded and edited the Las Vegas Mercury. He served as director of community publications for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 10 years and also wrote a weekly public affairs column for the Review-Journal. He culminated his newspaper career by serving as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune. Schumacher is the author of two books, Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue. He served as editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial.