Fabric and function of first jeans invented by JW Davis are subject of talk at Nevada State Museum

The travels and inventions of J.W. Davis, known as the first fabricator of Levi’s, come to the Nevada State Museum from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday Feb. 25, in a talk by genealogist Kathleen P. Clemence. The inventor of riveted pants came to the American West from Russia, via the Canadian wilderness, Clemence said, with business ventures along the way. A distant relative of Davis’ wife, Annie Packscher, Clemence has conducted extensive research into the intriguing family. Fashion, fabric and function resulted in the work pants that became a famous part of Nevada history. Clemence‚Äôs talk is part of the Frances Humphrey lecture series held monthly at the museum at 600 N. Carson St. Admission is $8 for adults and free for museum members and those 17 and younger. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson at or (775) 687-4810, ext. 237.