LAS VEGAS – April 23, 2019 - Las Vegas Natural History Museum, a private, non–profit institution dedicated to educating children, adults, and families in the natural sciences since 1991 in Southern Nevada, announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, said Marilyn Gillespie, executive director of LVNHM.

“I am delighted with our new executive board; each brings a dynamic new foresight and passion to help grow and carry out our Museum goals and mission,” Gillespie said. “Our Executive Board will serve a two-year term year term under the direction of our new Chairman of the Board Joe Tumminia; and we are appreciative that two members, Stephanie Stallworth and Don Polednak have celebrated a decade on our Board,” she said. The new 2019-2020 LVMHM Board:

Joe Tumminia-Chairman of the Board (The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company)
Joel Schwarz, Esq.-Vice Chair (Dickinson Wright)
Marcel T. Bloomer-Secretary (Bank of America/Merrill Lynch)
Robert Bulmer-Treasurer (Bank of Nevada)
Stephanie Stallworth-Member at Large (Cox Communications)
Donald T. Polednak, Esq-Member at Large (Sylvester & Polednak, Ltd.)
Matt Engle-Past Chair (Insurance Office of America)

“Our main goal is to build on the great success and progress that makes our Museum a place for first-class education; engagement and enjoyment,” said Joe Tumminia, Chairman of the Board. “Over the next few years we will look to maximize youth participation and continue to develop a dynamic exhibition experience for our community, he said.


The Las Vegas Natural History Museum opened in 1991 and is a private, non–profit institution dedicated to educating children, adults, and families in the natural sciences, both past and present. Through its interactive exhibits, educational programs, and the preservation of its collections, the Museum strives to instill an understanding and appreciation of the world’s wildlife, ecosystems, and cultures. A Smithsonian Affiliate since 2002 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 2013, the Museum was also declared a federal repository in 2015 allowing all archeological and paleontological finds in southern Nevada to be housed at the Museum. Please visit or call (702) 384–(DINO) 3466 for additional information.


After several decades of precedent of Nevada fossils going to California, the BLM has decided to send the Las Vegas Wash collection, long held at the SBCM back home to Las Vegas, to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) declared the Las Vegas Natural History Museum a federal repository for archeological and paleontological materials removed from BLM lands in Southern Nevada. In short, all of the archaeological and paleontological finds of Nevada that once were shipped to California and other state museums, are finally coming home.


Located on the lower level of the LVNHM, the 1,200 square-foot Richard Ditton Learning Lab was recently converted into a hands-on working laboratory at the Museum. UNLV students that are studying paleontology, work inside the laboratory that is viewable by the public. Visitors and children are able watch the cleaning and conservation of Nevada’s ancient finds from Nevada and touch some of the fossils that date back more than 500 million years.

LVNHM will house these excavated materials to be used for research and learning purposes as well as to be included in exhibits. The Museum is a state and federal collections repository for paleontological and archaeological materials collected on both public lands and from the private sector. The Museum’s repository is home to hundreds of thousands of artifacts and fossils from southern Nevada. Materials from Eureka and Clark counties, as well as Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, and Spring Mountain Ranch state parks are being processed and examined at the lab, including various fossils and paleontological finds. These important materials are preserved, stored, researched and often exhibited at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and used for lesson plans for local teachers, and various displays

Pictured (L-R) Matt Engle, Joel Schwarz, Stephanie Stallworth, Celebrity Spokesman Jeff Civillico, Marcel Bloomer, Joe Tumminia, Robert Bulmer, Don Polednak, and Marilyn Gillespie, Executive Director of LVNHM.

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