Museum’s Investigating History Educational Outreach Program Honored
LAS VEGAS (July 2016) –The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has received the Preservation Education award for its Investigating History Educational Outreach Program from the Historic Preservation Commission of the City of Las Vegas. This award recognized the Museum’s extraordinary efforts in promoting and educating the public regarding aspects of the City of Las Vegas’ development history. Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Bob Stoldal presented Museum representatives with the award during the May 18, 2016, meeting of the Las Vegas City Council.
“We are extremely proud our newest community outreach initiative has received this recognition during its very first year,” said Jonathan Ullman, executive director, The Mob Museum. “Our aim is to enlighten and inspire area students, while working collaboratively with teachers. This program was specifically designed to present topics related to the history of Las Vegas, law enforcement and organized crime in a way that makes learning truly fun and engaging.”
Investigating History is an immersive program offered to Clark County schools, introducing students to the topics of Las Vegas history, constitutional law and criminal justice through interactive standards-based classroom and auditorium presentations. Investigating History makes the Museum more accessible to youth across the community, delivering important information in a way that inspires civic pride.
Designed for fourth-grade through 12th-grade students, the hands-on program includes a visit to school by a Museum educator who—through artifacts, images, reproduced documents, and activities—brings historical topics to life. Several differentiated curricula allow teachers to select particular topics and activities in order to create customized experiences for their students.
In spring 2016, fourth-grade students learned the Experiencing Las Vegas history curriculum to complement Nevada’s state and local history curriculum taught in that grade. Lesson plans included Las Vegas history: An Overview through Objects; Las Vegas in 1905: Building a Community in the Desert; and Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Students in grades 7 through 12 received a curriculum titled Investigating History, which included a wide cross-section of courses related to U.S. history, government, criminal justice and more. Lesson plans for these grades include Temperance: The Nineteenth Century, the Progressive Era and Early Reform; Prohibition and American Society; and Prohibition and the Constitution.
At the time of its nomination for the award, the Investigating History program had been presented in 55 presentations at 17 schools, reaching 1,753 student participants. Survey results indicated the No. 1 benefit students reported about the program was “seeing and holding actual artifacts.” Video of the Museum’s Investigating History program may be viewed here.
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 more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 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.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.
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