It was not to long ago, that the Beatty Museum was just a dream to a few hard working people that wanted to see their heritage preserved for future generations. It all started in May of 1995 when Claudia Reidhead, Vonnie Gray and Mary Revert held a "coffee" meeting with a small group of residents, and the decision was made to start the Beatty Museum & Historical Society. The initial display of donated items to the Museum was set up in the little cottage adjacent to Claudia's home. Would this be enough to get the public interested? Yes indeed, and it didn't take long to realize the Museum needed a building much larger than the cottage.
On December 31st, 1996, the Beatty Museum moved into the local water department building, a facility that was much larger and at the time seemed to fit the needs of the Museum. Pastor Jeff Taguchi conducted the official grand opening and Kim Hickenbotham did the ribbon cutting honors. Not long after the move, this facility was overflowing with donations. Membership continued to grow including many members residing outside the state of Nevada. Then the membership roster began including names from outside the United States. It became quite clear that a larger facility was needed.
The search was on for a bigger building. After applying for and receiving a grant, BMHS purchased the Catholic Church in Beatty. On June 1, 2002 it was time for another dedication and grand opening. A lot of volunteer hours and hard work quickly made this new facility the toast of the town. Donations continued to pour in and had to be put in storage. The new facility had plenty of room for an outdoor display and some items were perfectly suited for this. The big concern was how to display all the stored items. Add to this, BMHS was offered a gigantic donation of memorabilia if they could put another building or wing adjacent to the existing structure. The dedication for the new wing was held May 25, 2003.
With the hard work and dedication that has been so obvious for the past twenty years, you can rest assured that you will see more additions in the coming months and years. The Beatty Museum & Historical Society has come a long way and there is more yet to come. Learn more about the Catholic Church and the 2015 Expansion by clicking on the links.