|Celebrating Where the World Met and Became One...
|Ely Renaissance Society
|HOW WE STARTED
The Ely Renaissance Society was founded
in 1999 by a group of individuals with the
vision of an attractive downtown area
which would be representative of the art
and culture belonging to the diverse group
of people who had built and strengthened
the small community through the years.
As occurs in many mining towns, cycles of
“boom or bust” had left the community of
Ely Nevada dreaming for a more stable
economy, something more than mining
In its heyday Ely had been a bustling town
with numerous small family owned
businesses catering to the needs of
the settling families to ranch, to work the
mine and build the railroad. People came
from everywhere, and the small town of Ely
was a true example of a diverse population.
The stories, characters, and the influences
of the many ethnic groups would not be
lost. And so, a movement sprang forth to
not only preserve and celebrate the richness
of the community, but also to offer the
story up to visitors.
Volunteers to the Ely Renaissance Society
began by commissioning murals to show
the lifestyle of this Nevada community from
historical perspectives such as the Pony
Express, as well as modern times and the
“age of communication”. Sculptures made
from mining machinery and parks with
labyrinths, began to spring up one by one.
The Global Mural Association held their
2004 conference in Ely to celebrate the
accomplishment. Tourists now take the
“Art Walk” to enjoy over 22 murals and
sculptures in the downtown area.
The next venture of the group was to
purchase a piece of property made up of 12
shotgun houses and a barn. These small
houses have been made into unique
museums depicting the turn of the century
population of Ely. Re-enactments and living
history presentations are held at the “Ely
Renaissance Village” as well as many other
yearly activities from Farmer’s Market to
the Art/Wine Walk which celebrates local
Nevada artists and their work.
The Ely Renaissance Society welcomes
volunteers and donations.
If you would like more information about
our activities and meeting times please
contact us by email, or leave a comment on
our web site.
Ely's newest ONLINE Magazine!
|Thank you to all of the individuals who have provided pictures for use on our web page: Caroline McIntosh, Lorraine Clark, Darl
Clark, Margaret Bath, Virginia Terry, Glenn Terry, John Hickman, Arla Ruggles and Patricia Fua.