Terry Lee Wells Foundation
This Legacy page on the Nevada Women’s History Project website is made possible through a generous grant from the Terry Lee Wells Foundation and honors a woman who represented what it means to be a “Nevadan,” in every sense of the word. This Legacy page is intended to capture, and celebrate the contributions of all Nevadans, both by birth and by choice; female and male.
Many citizens make contributions to their families and social institutions, from community level to nationwide. Most receive little public recognition. This site provides a platform for wide exposure to the importance that each individual held to their families and state. It is our intent that this Legacy page will become an important unofficial record of Nevada history as it highlights the unique personalities and accomplishments of its residents.
For in the end, we are all proud Nevadans!
Terry Lee Wells, A True Nevadan
It is fitting that the first legacy entry on the Nevada Women’s History Project Legacy page be that of Terry Lee Wells.
People passing by on South Center Street in Reno, can see the sign on the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. They might bring their kids for a visit or drop in themselves to view a science exhibit.
Most of them probably don’t know who Terry Lee Wells was or why her name is attached to the Discovery Museum. But those who knew Terry Lee as a child attending Reno schools, or later in life when she devoted much time to philanthropic endeavors, remember a woman who was fun loving, a little outrageous and generous.