Monthly Programs

  • January 2017
  • February 2017
  • March 2017
  • April 2017

Sharon Honig-Bear: Reno's Mid-Century Properties

Interior View of the Washoe County Downtown Library

Reno underwent a building boom in the 1960s and 70s to keep up with trends in modern architecture. Through a series of images, Sharon will describe the features that defined the Mid-Century design movement, creating major changes in architecture and modern living. We will examine the style both internationally and how it was interpreted in Reno. Join in on the conversation about this style of design&helip;clean and functional? ugly and bare? organic? This program may help you decide. Sharon Honig-Bear is a HRPS tour leader and created a Mid-Century Modern walk. She is founder of the annual Reno Harvest of Homes Tour.

  • Date: Sunday, January 29 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

Garrett Barmore: The Keck Museum and Its Collection

The Mackay School of Mines on the UNR Campus

Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W. M. Keck Earth Science & Mineral Engineering Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. Museum Curator Garrett Barmore will discuss the treasures housed here. Garrett Barmore earned his Bachelor's degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and his Master's in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. He is the administrator at the Keck Museum on the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

  • Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

Dana Munkelt: The Truckee Meadows Irrigation Ditches

An Irrigation Ditch in the Truckee Meadows

Did you know there are nine hand-dug irrigation ditches still operating from the Truckee River in Reno? From short ones for the hydroelectric plants at Verdi, Fleisch and Washoe, to the big one, the Steamboat Ditch, more than 30 miles long. Most have access along at least part of their routes, winding through suburbs and golf courses, north past Kiley Ranch and south to Steamboat Hot Springs. Come to a talk about the history of these water channels and how they have survived today. Originally from California, Dana retired to Reno a couple years ago, and while learning his way about, kept running across ditches weaving through town. A little reading gave some of the ditch history, and inspired further research.

  • Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

ZoAnn Campana: The Newlands District

A Fine Example of a Newlands Neighborhood Home

In 1889, Francis Newlands built his residence on a sagebrush-choked bluff overlooking the Truckee River. In the decades following, Senator Newlands and his real estate company laid out a series of subdivisions featuring picturesque landscapes, winding boulevards, and a mix of vernacular and high-style residences. These subdivisions are known collectively as the Newlands neighborhood, which has remained a jewel of community planning and design in Reno since its earliest development in the 1890s. Architectural historian ZoAnn Campana recently completed a historic resources survey and National Register nomination for the Newlands Heights Historic District in old Southwest Reno and will be sharing her findings. ZoAnn is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant in Northern Nevada.

  • Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

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  • Freight House on Evans St.
  • Nevada Brewing Works on 4th St.
  • Regina Apartments on Island Ave.
  • First Masonic Building (Reno Mercantile) at Sierra and Commercial
  • Buildings in The University Gateway District
  • Buildings in the University Neighborhood
  • The El Cortez Hotel at 2nd and Arlington
  • Hill/Redfield Mansion on Mt. Rose St.
  • Lear Theater
  • Flick Ranch House
  • Two El Reno Apartments at 1463 Lander St.
  • WPA Projects at Plumas, Stewart, and Virginia Lake Parks
  • Mid-century Motels
  • Burke's, Belli, and Mountain View Additions