Vatican Unveiled: Special Events

VIP Event: The Beard of Knowledge

Friday, August 19, 2022 | DECC

image of the DECC where the vatican unveiled events will be held

Friday, August 19, 2022 | DECC

Enjoy a private evening of viewing the collection with Father Richard Kunst, and his special guest for the evening, Mark Hall-Patton.  Mark, who is a frequent guest on the popular TV show, Pawn Stars, will headline the evening and share his “knowledge” about the historic importance of artifacts — but leaving plenty of time for questions and storytelling. Mark is known throughout the world by his trademark red shirt, wide brim Amish-style hat, and gray beard. Hence the nickname, “Beard of Knowledge”.

Father Rich and Mark have enjoyed their friendship through the years and collaborate on notable collectibles. This also includes items within some of the Papal Artifacts Collection.

  • 6:30 Doors Open – hors’ d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine; and a cash bar will also be available.
  • 7:30 Father Richard Kunst and Mark Hall-Patton begin speaking 
  • 7:50 – Father Richard Kunst begins the exhibit tour 
  • 10:00 Exhibit closes 


We are on a wait list for the Sponsor Gala, if you are interested contact us at General admission tickets are still available. 

Saturday evening, August 20, 2022 

The Vatican Unveiled exhibit will rely on multiple donors to make this event a success.  As of April 4, 2022, we have raised over $30,000 in order to off set the costs of a 3-day exhibit. 

We invite our sponsors to a special evening, acknowledging their generosity and celebrating the great work our non-profits, Stella Maris Academy and Star of the North Maternity Home, are doing within our community.  

The evening will be filled with fine-dining, hand-crafted cocktails and a keynote speaker.  

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please click here for more information or email

Sponsor Evening at the Kitchi Gammi Club

Saturday evening, August 20, 2022 

Image of the inside of the kitchee gammi club

Special Guests

Image of Mark Hall-Patton

Mark Hall-Patton retired in 2021 as the Museums Administrator
for the Clark County museum system. While there, he oversaw the Clark County Museum, the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum, and the Searchlight History Museum. He had been with Clark County for twenty eight years, and was previously the Director of the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum in California. He worked for both public and private non-profit museums, and continues to consult with start-up and established museums and museum boards.

Mark is a MAP surveyor for the American Alliance of Museums. He’s also the author of four books and over 450 published articles. Additionally, he has written and produced 48 local history videos. In 2009, he hosted a live interview program on CCTV television in the Vegas valley, and is regularly seen on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars as a visiting expert. He has also appeared on American Restoration, United Stuff of America, America Facts and Fallacies,10 Things You Don’t Know About American History, Vegas PBS, TMZ Sports, CSPAN 3, Mysteries at the Museum, Hoarders, ABC’s 20/20, PBS, the Arte channel in France, and the BBC Radio World Service.

In addition to 14 years as a Board member of the Nevada Museums Association, where he served as President from 2000-2002 and 2008-2010, he has served on the California Association of Museums and Western Museums Association boards. He is a member of the board of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, and the Nevada Aerospace Hall of Fame. He has been in the museum field for over 40 years. Mark holds a BA in History from the University of California at Irvine. Then he did graduate work in Museum Studies at the University of Delaware.

In 2022 he was honored as a Distinguished Nevadan of the Year by the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Lastly, he is married to Dr. Colleen Hall-Patton, professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at UNLV. They are the parents of Joseph Hall-Patton and Ellen Messenger-Patto.