Nevada State Museum appoints Alicia Barber to the Board of Museums and History.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has appointed Alicia Barber to the Nevada Board of Museums and History.

Barber is a history professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she directs the University of Nevada Oral History Program and teaches courses including museum studies, public history, and Nevada history. She regularly coordinates student internships with area museums and supervises student projects ranging from temporary installations to permanent digital exhibits.

Barber completed a doctorate in American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin in 2003. She has served on the City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission and on the board of directors of Preserve Nevada. Barber has designed and curated exhibits for the Nevada Museum of Art, the City of Reno, and the Nevada Discovery Museum. She speaks and writes regularly about Reno and Nevada history and is the author of Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City.

The Board of Museums and History supports the activities of the Division of Museums and History and the State Historic Preservation Office. The board may develop, review and approve policy relating to the State Historic Preservation Plan, nominations to the national and state registers of historic places including determination of eligibility for each property nominated. It also oversees investments, budgets, expenditures and general control of the divisions’ private and endowed trust funds.

The 11-member board meets quarterly, generally alternating between northern and southern Nevada venues. It is funded from revenue collected in the private trust funds accrued from the sale of merchandise, memberships and donations. The Board of Museums and History does not receive any funds from the state general fund. –