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Free admission on Kefauver Day at Mob Museum

Posted at 1:34 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 16:34:12-05

If you are a resident of Nevada and have been looking for the perfect reason and perfect day to visit the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas, here it is.

The museum is offering free admission on Nov. 15 for Kefauver Day.

Kefauver Day at The Mob Museum is held each year to raise awareness of the significance of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce. Launched by U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver, the outcome of these hearings played a pivotal role in advancing the nation’s fight against organized crime, as well as the development of Las Vegas as the nation’s gaming capital.

Among the Museum’s artifacts related to Sen. Kefauver are coonskin cap, gavel and briefcase, all of which are on loan from the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections. Sen. Kefauver first adopted a coonskin hat as a trademark during his 1948 campaign for election to the U.S. Senate. He continued to use the coonskin cap as a trademark throughout his political career which included unsuccessful campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952 and 1956 and an unsuccessful campaign for the vice presidency as Adlai Stevenson’s running mate in 1956. All three objects, along with others related to the hearings, are on display in the Kefauver Room, located just outside the Museum’s historic courtroom where the Las Vegas Kefauver Committee hearing took place.

The free day is sponsored by Zappos. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free for Nevada residents and buy-one, get-one for non-Nevada residents.

The Mob Museum is located at 300 Stewart Avenue.