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The Evolution of Casino Cuisine

About the Exhibit

This exhibit is the second joint effort between UNLV's Center for Gaming Research, the Freeman company, and the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). The first was the Centennial Celebration of Gaming in Las Vegas, which can be found here, and which was featured at G2E 2005 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"Fifty Years of Dining on the Las Vegas Strip " is intended to illustrate the rich and interesting history of casino dining, with an emphasis on the Las Vegas Strip. This is because UNLV Special Collections, where all of the materials for this exhibit were drawn from, has an exceptionally deep collection in this area. The Center currently collects materials from gambling establishments worldwide, with an emphasis on North American casino operations.

If you are interested in donating materials for the collection, please visit the donation page. Allowing UNLV Special Collections to keep your documents, photographs, and related historic materials is your best bet for ensuring your legacy will be preserved for future historians to study.

Center for Gaming Research Director David G. Schwartz prepared the exhibit in consulation with Su Kim Chung, Peter Michel, and UNLV Special Collections staff and faculty. Lied Library's Web and Digitization Services scanned in the oversized menus and many other items, while Special Collections student Samantha Miller scanned the rest, and optimized the images for online use.

Special thanks go to: Debbie Munch, Vice President of Public Relations with Harrah's Entertainment; Terri Maruca, Vice President with Kirvin Doak Communications; Alisson McCoy, Robin Abramson, and Tom Pivarnik with Reed Expo/G2E; and Skye Robino, Chuck Orris, and Gilbert Lara of the Freeman Companies.


About the Center for Gaming Research

Tracing its roots back to 1967, the Center for Gaming Research, located within UNLV Special Collections in the university's Lied Library, serves the campus and researchers from around the world. The Center is still building the Gaming Collection, the largest English-language collection of books, periodicals, government documents, and manuscript collections of gaming-related materials.

It also provides support for scholarly inquiry into all aspects of gambling, including the business of gaming, its economic and social impacts and its historical and cultural manifestations.

This exhibit is an example of the depth and richness of the gaming-related materials at UNLV Special Collections. The Center for Gaming Research is continually expanding its collections to better document the history and culture of the worldwide gaming industry.

The Center Collects:
- Promotional and publicity material
- Design and development documents, architectural renderings and plans
- Financial filings and reports
- Office files of retiring executives and staff members
- Photographs
- Much more...

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About Freeman

Freeman is the leader in producing events that facilitate face-to-face marketing for their clients in expositions, corporate events, conventions, and exhibit programs. With offices in 26 cities across North America, the company remains privately owned by the Freeman family and its employee owners.


About the Global Gaming Expo

G2E is the world's largest and premier gaming event where gaming professionals converge each November in Las Vegas . It's the most in-depth source of new products, ideas and information on the planet and it's the laboratory for the industry. G2E takes place in Vegas, where you can see it in action and have fun doing it. You can't afford to miss G2E's 700+ exhibitors, 100+ conference sessions, exciting special events and F&B at G2E, a culinary marketplace.

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