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A handmade community quilt, one of many treasures on display in the Mineral County Museum, celebrates the 200th birthday of the United States in 1976.

The Mineral County Museum is among several rural Nevada cultural treasures recently added to ModestMuseums.com. The website celebrates the rich history of the American West and the priceless artifacts contained in rural museums, modest by urban standards that transport the visitor into the past of a proud, rural community.

Sarah Lillegard visited Hawthorne during the summer and spent several hours touring the museum. She had many questions for Sue Silver, Mineral County Museum’s head researcher and conservationist and left with several books written by Silver on the history of Mineral County. Lillegard visited Souled Out and toured the 1942 USO Building. She visited the Ordnance Museum on a previous trek into rural Nevada.

Lillegard launched Modest Museums in February 2016 with the support of Epicenter’s Frontier Fellowship. The project is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.