|Celebrating Where the World Met and Became One...
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.
VISIT THE ELY RENAISSANCE VILLAGE