We have reserved the historic Boulder Dam Hotel for our institute participants. Because most of the days will be spent in or near Boulder City and Hoover Dam, we recommend that you do not stay in downtown Las Vegas or on the Vegas strip. It takes roughly 45 minutes to get from the strip to Boulder City with no traffic, and you would be required to rent a car for the entire two-week stay and drive back and forth every day. If there is traffic in Las Vegas, it could take you considerably longer, potentially jeopardizing your participation in a group tour or other activity. We will have Saturday afternoon and Sunday off, and you can choose to visit the strip then if you like.
The Boulder Dam Hotel will be the main housing site, and participants will get a discounted rate. However, because it is a historic hotel and has not expanded beyond its original configuration from the 1930s, it cannot accommodate all of the participants, staff, and invited scholars at the same time.
We have reserved the entire Boulder Dam Hotel for the two-week duration of the program. Rooms are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that the Boulder Dam Hotel is a historic building and so the rooms are small and there is only one bed per room. The hotel is quite nice, though, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Made-to-order breakfast is included free with your stay. More details about the hotel are available on their website (below).
We recommend the following hotels, all of which are within a few blocks of each other:
Boulder Dam Hotel
Address: 1305 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV 89005
Phone: (702) 293-3510
El Rancho Boulder Hotel
Address: 725 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005
Phone: (702) 293-1085
Best Western Hoover Dam Hotel
Address: 704 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005
Phone: (800) 528-1234
Only 7 miles from Hoover Dam and 25 miles from downtown Las Vegas, Boulder City, Nevada offers restaurants, parks, shops, and ample dam-related history. July is the off-season for tourism, so participants should be able to get very affordable rates on hotels and meals.
There are at least seven restaurants within one block of the Boulder Dam Hotel, as well as more than 50 restaurants, coffee shops, and diners in Boulder City. Restaurant options range from Brew-pubs and steakhouses to Greek food, burgers, sushi, pizza, Italian, and more.
Those selected to participate will receive a stipend of $2,100. Half of this will paid on your arrival at the institute. The remainder will be paid upon completion of the institute. Stipends are intended to help defray the costs of travel to and from the project location, books, and living expenses while at the workshop. You should be aware that stipends are taxable income and should be reported accordingly.
Seminar and institute participants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project. During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend and will have a significant delay in processing the reduced payment.
At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit an online evaluation of the seminar or institute.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website or at this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.