One extraordinary evening honored two special occasions at the Springs Preserve. The late Cliff Segerblom’s photo gallery exhibit was unveiled, and the 92nd birthday of Cliff Segerblom’s wife, Gene Segerblom was celebrated at the event.
The event took place in the Preserve’s Big Springs Gallery, where Cliff Segerblom’s newly discovered photos are on display until June 13. His images have been featured in Time, Life and National Geographic and are on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The evening began with Elizabeth Herridge, managing director of the Springs Preserve, welcoming guests including Sara and Ralph Denton, Doree and George Dickerson, Linda and Bob Faiss, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian, Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who is chairman of Springs Preserve board of trustees, and Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, Jane Ann Morrison and Beverly and Jim Rogers.
Barrick Gold of North America, Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck and the Segerblom family sponsored the event, providing appetizers and wine.
The evening’s program commenced with Jenna Morton, vice chairwoman of the Springs Preserve board, introducing former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan, who spoke about honoree Gene Segerblom. She served in the Nevada Assembly for four terms. She has the distinction of having both her grandfather and mother precede her as a member of the Nevada Legislature.
She was born in Ruby Valley, near Elko, graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and moved to Boulder City in 1940 to accept a teaching job. She married her college sweetheart, Cliff Segerblom, and they had two children, Robin and Richard "Tick" who is currently serving as a Nevada assemblyman.
She worked with her husband documenting the history of Nevada and wrote more than 200 published articles on Nevada history and travel in rural Nevada.
The evening concluded with a giant birthday cake presentation enjoyed by a capacity crowd, including Susan Baucum, Shelli Lowe and George Wara, Bonnie Bryan, Kathy England, Sara Aizley and Assemblyman Paul Aizley, Lamar Marchese, Anita Alexander. Joyce and Greg Hess, John Pontachello, Sue and Art Manteris, Mitch Fox, Trudi and Allen Lytle, Tom Wright and curator Mike Spiewak.