In 1991, Nevada's Commission for Cultural Affairs was created to oversee the preservation of the state's historic buildings and the conversion of the best of them for use as cultural centres. Working closely with local groups and drawing on both public and private resources, this program has rehabilitated dozens of historic structures treasured by their communities for the ways they represent the development of the state and its culture. Nevada's Historic Buildings highlights 90 of these buildings, describing them in the context of the state's history and the character of the people who created and used them. Nevadans themselves had a say in which buildings were picked.
Ron James is the Nevada State Historic Preservation Officer. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the author or co-author of eight books including The Roar and the Silence: A History of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode. He is a historian and folklorist, with publications in both fields. Elizabeth Safford Harvey was born in Merced, California and grew up on a cattle ranch in Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada, lived in Reno for many years, and teaches history at Merced College. Her research interests include the study of popular culture, the culture of social movements, and the history of everyday life