Discussing Las Vegas: Story, image and memorabilia

The El Rancho hotel-casino from the Circus Circus parking garage before it was imploded on Oct. 3, 2000.
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Las Vegas has a story insatiable to those fascinated by this impossible city in the desert, celebrated by historians, critiqued by academics and loved dearly by longtime locals.

Two events celebrating its history take place this week. In Las Vegas Stories: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955, Lynn Zook, co-author of Las Vegas 1905-1965 and her new e-book, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955, will discuss Strip icons, including the El Rancho, Last Frontier, Thunderbird and Dunes, July 7 at 7 p.m. at Clark County Library.

The next night, the Nevada State Museum at the Springs Preserve will celebrate its recent acquisition of donated Vegas memorabilia (by longtime collectors Richard and Nancy Greeno) with the opening of Branding Las Vegas at 6 p.m. The exhibit will feature items gathered by Greeno during his decades of Vegas visits.

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