Joe McKenna Collection
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A Reno native, Joe McKenna grew up around casinos and often met celebrities at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and other local clubs. He became deeply involved in the “Save the Mapes” effort before the structure was imploded in 2000, and that passion led him to read more about Reno’s history and to begin a collection of memorabilia from hotel casinos, restaurants, nightclubs, and other businesses representing Reno’s past. He haunts local antique stores and eBay to find treasures, especially those that relate to the Mapes. McKenna is a professional musician and plays upright and electric bass.