Celebrating Where the World Met and Became One...
Ely Renaissance Society
Ely, Nevada
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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 alone.

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 andtheir 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.
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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.