The Ely Renaissance Society was founded in 1999 by a group of individuals with the vision of an attractive downtown area which would be representative of the art and culture belonging to the diverse group of people who had built and strengthened the small community through the years.
Volunteers to the Ely Renaissance Society began by commissioning murals to show the lifestyle of this Nevada community from historical perspectives such as the Pony Express, as well as modern times and the “age of communication”. Sculptures made from mining machinery and parks with labyrinths, began to spring up one by one.
The next venture of the group was to purchase a piece of property made up of 12 shotgun houses and a barn. These small houses have been made into unique museums depicting the turn of the century population of Ely. Re-enactments and living history presentations are held at the “Ely Renaissance Village” as well as many other yearly activities from Farmer’s Market to the Art/Wine Walk which celebrates local Nevada artists and their work.