LAS VEGAS (August 2019) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, is hosting an inaugural one-day conference featuring keynote speaker Oscar B. Goodman. Known for his trademark, no-nonsense tell-it-like-it-is style, Goodman, the 19th mayor of Las Vegas, served the city for 12 years. He also spent more than three decades defending some of the most notorious alleged Mob figures. Held on Sept. 21, “The Summit: The Mob in Las Vegas,” is a deep dive into the Mob’s role in building Las Vegas and offers up-close-and-personal access to subject matter experts.
This unique opportunity centers on the Mob’s four-decade-long reign in Las Vegas. Topics of the day include the Mob’s arrival in Las Vegas, its control of the Strip and its eventual dislodging from the casino industry. Attendees can expect to dig beneath the surface of the news to discover what really happened through a look into stories and events involving mobsters such as Meyer Lansky, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal and Tony Spilotro. Guests will engage in conversations with historians, journalists, former FBI agents and regulators, gaining perspectives and exclusive insights into the Mob from the most knowledgeable experts in their fields.
The conference will include breakfast as well as an intimate luncheon with Goodman. The day includes a tour of the Museum’s Underground moonshine distillery and a take-home gift bag.
Click here for a list of biographies for each speaker. Speakers include:
- Dennis Arnoldy, retired FBI agent
- Jeff Burbank, content development specialist, The Mob Museum
- Larry Gragg, historian
- Michael Green, historian
- Herm Groman, retired FBI agent
- George Knapp, journalist
- Jane Ann Morrison, retired journalist
- Geoff Schumacher, senior director of content, The Mob Museum
- Jeff Silver, gaming attorney and former member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board
- John L. Smith, journalist and author
The Summit’s schedule:
- 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. Registration
- 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Light breakfast: Michael Green discussion on the Mob in Las Vegas.
Historian Michael Green will provide a high-level overview of the Mob’s role in the history of Las Vegas.
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Session 1: Larry Gragg discussion on Bugsy Siegel.
Historian Larry Gragg, author of “Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel: The Gangster, the Flamingo, and the Making of Modern Las Vegas,” will discuss the life of the New York racketeer, with a special focus on his role in the rise of Las Vegas.
- 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Session 2: John L. Smith on notorious Las Vegas mobsters.
Journalist John L. Smith, author of “Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas,” will discuss the Mob’s history in Las Vegas and its enduring impact on the city.
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with keynote speaker Oscar Goodman.
Former three-term Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will tell stories from his career as a Mob defense attorney in Las Vegas and beyond.
- 1:15 p.m. Group photo opportunity on the front steps of the Museum.
- 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Distillery Tours available
- 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Session 3: George Knapp interviews retired FBI agent Herm Groman.
Longtime television journalist George Knapp will interview retired FBI agent Herm Groman about his experiences working undercover with the Mob in 1990s Las Vegas.
- 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Session 4: Roundtable discussion with Jeff Silver, Jane Ann and Dennis Arnoldy on the Rosenthal/Spilotro era moderated by Museum content development specialist Jeff Burbank.
The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Oscar B. Goodman Room located on the Museum’s third floor. Tickets can be purchased for $225 regular price or $180 for Museum members.
For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery, and sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse. Its house-distilled moonshine received top honors, the Double Gold Award, from The Fifty Best. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.
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