If you’re fascinated by American Indian history, then you’re sure to enjoy the Cassinelli-Perino Artifact Collection.
Now on permanent display at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, Nevada, the collection comprises a colorful array of American Indian stone tools.
You’re find such remarkable items as Great Basin crescents, a mammoth tooth, a face-paint finger bowl, and an arrow-shaft straightener — in addition to scores of knives and scrapers.
Northern Nevada author Dennis Cassinelli inherited the collection from a relative in the early 1990s. He spent countless hours typing and dating the artifacts so that they could be donated to a museum for the public to enjoy. The experience led him to write his first book, 1996’s Gathering Traces of the Great Basin Indians. The book is now in its second edition with the new title of Preserving Traces of the Great Basin Indians.
Whether your interest lies in the history of the American West, Great Basin archaeology, or American Indian culture, the Cassinelli-Perino Artifact Collection is a compelling exhibit. Be sure to visit the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center to see the display in person, as well as the museum’s many other fascinating exhibits.
- Learn more about the Cassinelli-Perino Artifact Collection here.