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Kids Can Learn to Make a Short Film at the Museum this Summer

The kids's Digital Storytelling Summer Camp returns to the Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City, NV this summer! Children will learn the process of how to create a short film from inspiration to editing. During the camp, kids will learn how to create a storyboard, write a script, shoot footage, and edit their film using professional software.They'll work collaboratively with their fellow students to create a story based on Comstock history from conception to completion.Our experien...
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Educational Kids Fair Returns to the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City in June

When the Fourth Ward School opened in Virginia City, NV in 1876, the four-story building was lively and bustling with nearly 1,000 young students scurrying from class to class. Today, the Historic Fourth Ward School building is home to a Museum, and some of our happiest days at the Museum are when our halls are livened by the exuberance and curiosity of young learners once again. For the third consecutive year, the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum is happy to host the Educational K...
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Our “Tea & Bustles” Event Featured on KOLO-TV

KOLO-TV in Reno recently featured our upcoming Tea & Bustles Victorian tea party and educational fashion show. ABC 8's Denise Wong interviewed Nora Stefu, our Museum's Executive Director, about the event which will take place at the Museum on the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend. The educational fashion show will be presented by Liza McIlwee, a Victorian Era Fashion and Virginia City historian. Her popular Instagram, Eras of Enchantment, delights fans of Victoriana with Liza's i...
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Swing Dance on the Comstock: What Was Dancing Life for Kids on the Comstock in the Heydey of Swing?

by Taylor Hamby Just as the doors of the Fourth Ward School in Virginia City closed as a schoolhouse in 1936, a new door was swinging open for youngsters all across America: swing dance! Whether you did “Swing”, “the Jitterbug”, “Lindy Hop”, “Balboa” “Jive” or “Shag”; if you were a teenager or young adult in the mid-1930s through the 1940s, swing was the thing! While there were many regional and musical variations of this then-emerging dance style, each were often upbeat and relatively i...
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