Let us introduce you to Sue Butler, today’s “Why I Give” Neon Museum member. Sue and her husband are neon beer sign collectors and fell in love with The Neon Museum after their first visit in 2018.
Q & A with Sue Butler, The Neon Museum Member
Q: When/how did you get involved with The Neon Museum?
A: My husband had been collecting neon beer signs for decades when we moved back to Las Vegas in 2018. Shortly after we were settled in our new home, we started seeing the newest attractions in town. That’s when we found The Neon Museum. My husband fell in love.
Q: What attracted you to the museum?
A: I myself love the history. The neon at the museum tells fun stories of landmarks in Sin City.
Q: Why do you give to The Neon Museum? What motivates you to stay involved?
A: We decided to become members of the museum to help support the restoration of iconic signs. Each sign has its own story and needs to be preserved.
Q: Do you have an anecdote about the museum you would like to share?
A: I lived and dealt Blackjack in Las Vegas during the 1970’s. Las Vegas was an adult playground back then. The only casino to cater to children was Circus Circus. Neon was everywhere. It was fun, bright, and festive. Today the neon in the city has been toned down, but it still lives on.
Q: In your opinion, what is the most important work that The Neon Museum does?
A: As we move into the future it is so important to preserve the past, and The Neon Museum is preserving a unique part of that history for Las Vegas.
Q: What do you hope the organization will achieve over the next ten years?
A: I hope the museum continues to grow and involve the community with fundraisers and educational tours. I would like to see additional school field trips to the museum to educate our Las Vegas youth about this fascinating history.
Q: Who do you think would enjoy a visit to The Neon Museum?
A: I believe The Neon Museum is for everyone, young, old, local, and tourist alike.
Q: What’s your favorite sign and why?
A: I personally have many favorite signs but the Stardust is my #1 favorite. It’s still hard to believe the Stardust sign is not glowing on Las Vegas Boulevard. We’re so glad The Neon Museum is preserving its history.
Did you know The Neon Museum has also restored signs onsite on Las Vegas Boulevard? Learn more about the restored signs downtown, viewable day and night as part of our National Scenic Byways and the Las Vegas Signs Project.