Robert Stoldal’s obsession is Nevada history. He is a die-hard collector of both artifacts and information. His time spent engrossed in Nevada’s past has placed him as chairman of the board of the State of Nevada Museum and chairman of the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission. “History is vital,” he says, “because once people can understand the history of a place it enriches their sense of community. It can be a tricky endeavor in Sin City.”
“Las Vegas has always been a boomtown. We blow things up, we take things down… we move around and look more toward today and tomorrow rather than yesterday,” he says. Once you know the history of Las Vegas, though, you then “become a Las Vegan,” and earn a sense of place in a city of transients.
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