February 22, 2024



L to R: Life After Prison Program; Exterior of The Mob Museum
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LAS VEGAS (February 2024) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, announces its upcoming public programs and events in March, including “Life After Prison: Women Helping Women Return to Society” and “Women of the Underworld: True Tales of Underworld Queens.”

​Family Secrets with Frank Calabrese Jr.
Dates: Every Thursday through Sunday in March
Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Organized Crime Today Exhibit
Cost: Free with Museum Admission
Description: Every Thursday through Sunday in March, guests are encouraged to join reformed mobster Frank Calabrese Jr. as he relives his tumultuous past within the Chicago Outfit under the influence of his father, notorious enforcer Frank Calabrese Sr.

Life After Prison: Women Helping Women Return to Society
Date: Wednesday, March 6
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Inside the historic courtroom on the second floor.
Cost: Free for attendees. Click here to RSVP.
Description: ​​The number of women in prison has surged more than six times since 1980. Behind these statistics lie the real-life stories of women navigating the correctional system, each facing unique personal, social and economic challenges as they re-enter society. In recognition of Women’s History Month, this panel discussion will spotlight women who are guiding former inmates to return to society with success.​

  • Jodi Hocking is the president of Return Strong, an organization created to build effective reentry programs for people incarcerated in Nevada. Return Strong also helps expand the community’s perception of incarcerated people beyond simply guilt or innocence.
  • Vera Moore is the founder and CEO of True Beginnings Las Vegas. As a formerly incarcerated Black woman, Moore has leveraged her own experience with the system and reentry to inform both the organization’s direct services and advocacy work.
  • Emily Salisbury is the director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center and is an associate professor of social work at the University of Utah. As an expert in correctional assessment, offender treatment intervention strategies, female offenders and gender-responsive policy, Salisbury actively consults with state, federal and international correctional agencies on how to implement evidence-based and gender-responsive strategies with women offenders.
  • Gabriela Najera is currently the associate warden of programs at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center. Working for the Nevada Department of Corrections for over two decades, Najera has acquired a wealth of experience in correctional operations, institutional programs, management and offender classification.
  • Shakala Alvaranga, director of public programs at The Mob Museum, will moderate the discussion.

The Mob Museum Presents Chance to Win Las Vegas Philharmonic Prohibition Concert Tickets and Museum Deluxe Passes with Distillery Tour
Contest Date: Enter to win between Thursday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Mar. 7
Event Date: Prohibition concert, Saturday, March 16, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.; Museum tickets valid through Dec. 31, 2024
Event Location: Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave. Las Vegas 89106; The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave. Las Vegas, 89101
Giveaway Description: As The Mob Museum partners with the Las Vegas Philharmonic for an exclusive artifact exhibition at the Philharmonic’s Prohibition concert, the Museum is excited to host a giveaway of two Prohibition concert tickets along with two Deluxe Passes for the Museum with Distillery Tours. The winner will enjoy an immersive experience through the dark cabarets and speakeasies of New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Atlantic City in the 1920s via the music of “Moulin Rouge,” “Boardwalk Empire” and more. Through the Museum’s Distillery Tour, the winner will explore a variety of house-made moonshines, while learning about Prohibition and gaining insights into the drinking culture that existed before the 1920s.
To Enter: Individuals interested in participating can enter to win here.

​​Women of the Underworld: True Tales of Underworld Queens
Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: The program will take place from 7 to 8:15 p.m.; a book signing will follow.
Location: Inside the historic courtroom on the second floor.
Cost: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission. Click here to RSVP.
Description: ​​Gangland has been dominated by men but, throughout history, women have wielded subtle and not-so-subtle influence in the criminal underworld. Join The Mob Museum and Lissa Townsend Rodgers, author of the new book “Shameless: Women of the Underworld,” for a look into the lives of notable women who refused to sit on the sidelines of crime. Women such as Stephanie St. Clair, queen of Harlem’s numbers racket; Virginia Hill, Mob associate who sat at Bugsy Siegel’s side in Las Vegas; and Kathryn Kelly, the brains behind George “Machine Gun” Kelly’s outlaw endeavors. A book signing will follow.

  • Lissa Townsend Rodgers is the author of “Shameless: Women of the Underworld.” In addition, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, served as editor-at-large for Vegas Seven magazine and a freelance writer for New York, Food & Wine and Esquire. Townsend Rodgers has also given lectures on Las Vegas history and has hosted author talks at Clark County libraries.

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, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.


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