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Huntridge Theater among 11 endangered sites

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – You hear about the top 10 list, but why not make it 11? Preserve Nevada highlights the 11 most threatened sites in 2021 across the state.

From Las Vegas to Reno, budget cuts caused by the pandemic are putting financial pressure to keep eleven historic sites open. Nevada’s theaters, cemeteries, schools and even native languages ​​could all be closed due to lack of funding. Forest fires are also a huge threat to the existence of some of these sites. “Preserve Nevada” is the premier statewide historic preservation organization and attempts to educate the public.

Preserve Nevada Director and UNLV Associate Professor of History Michael Green explains, “History connects us in so many ways. Frankly, a lot of what we do for a living is history in itself. we have a story. These little strands, we little strands, make up this big ball of string if you mean to put it that way.

A site hits near you. The historic Huntridge Theater in downtown Las Vegas has been a community fixture since 1944 and became Las Vegas’ first desegregated theater. The theater is built on land that belonged to international businessman Leigh SJ Hunt.

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“If you grew up here like me, this is one of the main places you’ve been to the movies. For many longtime Las Vegans, it’s a special memory. The Huntridge covers a lot of ground in terms of of World War II Las Vegas, childhood and culture here and certainly our history of apartheid, ”says Green.

There are plans to rebuild the theater, but Green says its preservation and that of other historic sites will always be a challenge. That’s why community members, government, and nonprofits come together to raise awareness and encourage the community to help fund and preserve these sites.

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You can check out Preserve Nevada and how you can help here.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.