‘How we Mourn’ displays thousands of items

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Thousands of items left by people in the aftermath of 1 October are on display starting Friday, Sept. 28 at the Clark County Museum.

The exhibit is titled “How we Mourned” and pays tribute to the victims of 1 October and those who shared their grief by leaving behind artifacts at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and other sites around the valley.

From personalized candles, and flags from around the world. Some of the items are signed or contain messages that reference the victims.

There are cowboy hats, boots and other items of clothing, stuffed animals and hundreds of hand-painted stones, rosaries and familiar signed Vegas Strong banners.

“All of these meant something to someone,” said Mark Hall-Patton, Clark County Museum administrator.

He says, this is an emotional exhibit and it may be difficult for some people but it is a part of our history.

“We’ve accessioned over 15,000 artifacts for this collection, not all of them are on display. We couldn’t fit all of them in here and we’re not done with the collection at this point,” he said. “This is a huge collection.”

The collection will remain on display through Feb. 24, 2019. After that the pieces will go into a permanent collection of more than 1 million artifacts that are important to Clark County.

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