The Museum of Gaming History is growing and we need your support. The MoGH came to life in 2014 with the showing of exhibits at the El Cortez Hotel and the Mob Museum. We are working on showing several new exhibits in the coming year. The MoGH needs your support to fund these projects. We seek to grow the hobby by expanding interest in Gaming History. Please visit the MoGH Donation page.
Museum of Gaming History
An Educational Project of The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc.
An IRS approved 501 (c) (3) Tax Exempt Not-For-Profit Corporation
Dedicated to the preservation and education of Gaming History

MoGH Board Members
Position Name Email Bio
Museum Chair and Webmaster Charles Kaplan charlie@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Douglas Smith dsmith@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Ross Poppel rspoppel@gmail.com Bio
Board Member Steve Palumbo steve@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Jerry Vergatos jerry@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Sheldon Smith sheldon@themogh.org Bio
Legal Counsel and Board Member Eric S. Rosenblum erosenblum@themogh.org Bio
Board Member Jim Follis gamingore@themogh.org Bio


Sheldon Smith
Sheldon and Christine Smith are an inseparable team that bring with them incredible talent and energy. Sheldon and Christine moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2008 from Glencoe, IL, about 25 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan. They have three children and seven (7) grandchildren ranging in age from two (2) to 26: three are in Colorado and four are in Illinois. They are Life Members of the Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors’ Club (CC&GTCC) and active members of the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club. Currently, we are serving as Co-Chairs of the CC&GTCC Annual Convention.

Sheldon Smith
Prior to my retirement I was the publisher of TestWatch Research Institute Ltd., a not-for-profit corporation, from 1992 to 2006, which conducted programs in 36 Chicago area high schools. I created a highly successful and innovative approach to test preparation through the development of TestWatch TestPrep.

I authored TestWatch TestPrep’s Psychological Motivational Program entitled, “How Can I Help Myself?” I arranged the design, printing, production, and distribution of TestWatch Research Institute’s Newsletter. I developed the highly acclaimed TestWatch In-Service training program to facilitate Chicago Public School teachers’ awareness of test taking strategies and techniques to enhance their students’ IGAP, ACT, SAT I, PSAE and PSAT scores. I presented the TestWatch Research Institute’s program, “All About Tests,” at numerous high schools for their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Student/Parent Nights.

From 1971 – April 1992, I directed the Kaplan Educational Centers Ltd. and opened 26 centers in 11 states and conducted marketing and advertising campaigns to introduce the high school, college and general population to the concept of test preparation. I acquired locations and conducted lease negotiations for full-time Kaplan Centers throughout the Midwest and West. I assisted the new centers in their business planning and hiring of enrollment counselors and instructors. I had direct oversight of all new centers west of the Mississippi and supplied them with the educational materials to conduct classes and assured that each center was operating in compliance with national strategies and procedures.

I started the first Chicago area Kaplan center in November 1971. In 1972, the first full year of operation, we enrolled 100 students and, by 1991, we had established six (6) educational centers throughout the Chicagoland area and increased our enrollment 5700 students.

In Chicago, I coordinated and conducted more campus classes at the high school level than any of the other 150 Kaplan centers nationwide. My Chicago center conducted the only continuing Premier Hospital Group NCLEX preparation course in the country.

I am a long-established dealer of casino collectibles and sell on eBay as “onenevadadollar.” I am very interested in the history of casinos, especially those in Nevada. I take great personal pride in educating people about our hobby and served for many years as the CC&GTCC Education Director.

For the last seven (7) years, I have served as the President of the Southern Nevada Casino Collectibles Club. For many years, I served as both the Educational Director and Publicity Director of the CC&GTCC and also served four (4) years as the Vice-President of the CC&GTCC.

MoGH Advisory Board
Board MemberAffiliation
Eileen DiRocccoPublisher, Gaming Today
Sandra HarrisExecutive Director, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Andy Hughes
Jim KruseEducation Director, CC&GTCC
Mark LightermanPhotographer, CC&GTCC
Mark Hall PattonCurator, Clark County Museum System
David G. SchwartzDirector, UNLV's Center for Gaming Research
Mike SkeltonFormer President, CC&GTCC
Christine Smith
Bob StoidalConsulting Editor, KNPR
Wayne ThompsonFormer President, CC&GTCC
Jonathon UllmanDirector, The Mob Museum
John ZoeschTreasurer, CC&GTCC

MoGH Contacts
Position Name
ChipGuide Supervisor Albert Scalzo
Photographer Mark Lighterman
Graphic Design Todd Barrett
Exhibit Historian, Newsletter/Magazine Editor Allan Anderson
Exhibit Historian Michael Knapp
Librarian Wendy Schultz
Exhibit Content Traffic Manager Ralph Myers
El Cortez Exhibit Manager, MoGH Lecture Series Sheldon Smith
Convention Exhibition Manager, Plaza Casino Exhibit Manager Jim Follis
El Cortez Exhibit Manager Dave Harbor
Publicity Director Cale Guthmiller
Social Media Administrator Ricky Pushkin
Blogger Dan Jensen
This Week in Gaming History Chuck Sikora
Exhibit Framing & Displays Chris Colangelo
Membership Fundraising Judy Weurth
Exhibit Assistant Travis Lewin
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