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L to R: 12th Anniversary Free Day; Exterior of The Mob Museum; In Pursuit of Justice Black History Month Program.
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THE MOB MUSEUM ANNOUNCES FREE ANNIVERSARY DAY, BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM IN FEBRUARY
LAS VEGAS (January 2024) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its upcoming public programs and events in February, including its 12th anniversary free day and Black History Month public program.
12th Anniversary FREE Day: The Tommy Guns of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Shots Heard Round the World
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 14
Time: The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Tommy gun display will be on view from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Las Vegas Cadillac Club Car Show will be on view from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Vitalant Blood Donation will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Frank Calabrese Jr.’s Family Secrets speaking appearance will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and The Goodfellas Grill food truck will be available from noon to 4 p.m.
Location: The Mob Museum
Cost: Free admission for Nevada residents with an I.D. and buy-one, get-one admission for non-residents.
Description: Guests are invited to the Museum’s 12th anniversary celebration with FREE admission for Nevada residents and buy-one, get-one admission for non-residents. The day will also include an exclusive showcase of the two Thompson submachine guns used in the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929. That Valentine’s Day, seven members and associates of the North Side bootlegging gang were lined up against a wall and shot to death by assassins believed to have been hired by Al Capone.
Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with members of the Berrien County, Michigan, Sheriff’s Department, where the firearms currently reside. They’ll be on hand to share insights, discuss the historical significance of the firearms and answer any questions guests may have. Other St. Valentine’s Day Massacre-related artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection will be accessible, providing a captivating glimpse into this pivotal moment in history.
Offering a look at what the Chicago Outfit became after Capone’s reign, reformed mobster Frank Calabrese Jr. will be onsite sharing the story of his life with the Outfit and how he worked with federal law enforcement to take down the criminal organization, which included his own father, Frank Calabrese Sr.
Rounding out the anniversary celebration, the Las Vegas Cadillac Club will have a display of historic vehicles, while Vitalant Blood Donation will be onsite hosting a blood drive. The Goodfellas Grill will serve food for purchase throughout the afternoon.
In Pursuit of Justice: An Interview with Jason Frierson, Nevada’s First Black U.S. Attorney
Date: Thursday, Feb. 22
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Location: Inside the historic courtroom on the second floor.
Cost: Free for event attendees. To RSVP or watch the livestream of the presentation, click here.
Description: After his 2021 nomination, Jason Frierson made history by being confirmed as Nevada’s first Black U.S. attorney. In recognition of Black History Month, the Las Vegas National Bar Association and The Mob Museum will explore Frierson’s journey to becoming the state’s chief federal law enforcement officer and his views on current criminal justice issues in Nevada and beyond. The interview will be conducted by Frank Rudy Cooper, professor at UNLV’s Boyd School of Law and director of the Race, Gender and Policing Program. This program is also sponsored by the NV Energy Foundation.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums;” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History” and “Best Museum” by its 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards; one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas;” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada,” 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” in 2021, “Top Five Best History Museums in the United States” in 2021 and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits;” named “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.
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