Hidden Treasures: A Museum for the Mob

Sin City Raises Objections to Organized Crime on Display

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1905864/1905865" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Flamingo Hotel, a mob haven built and supervised by Bugsy Siegel. Nevada State Museum and Historical Society hide caption

See a Larger Version
toggle caption Nevada State Museum and Historical Society

Few cities are more linked in the popular imagination with organized crime and the mob than Las Vegas. But a proposal to put some of Sin City's mob memorabilia on display is raising eyebrows.

At the heart of the issue is what aspects of history are appropriate for a community museum. And as Harriet Baskas reports, there's another, more practical problem: finding items for display might be a challenge, considering the mob is known for covering its tracks.

This story is part of the Hidden Treasures Radio Project series, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Development Authority of King County, Wash.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from