President's Message Winter 2014-2015

After almost one and a half years as president of the board of HRPS, I am finally getting a grip on this job, which brings challenges and new learning opportunities each week. In my Spring 2014 President''s Message, I wrote about HRPS place in Judith Sharken Simon's The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations. HRPS is ready to move solidly into Simon's Stage Three: Produce and Sustain. The primary question for this stage is ""How can we sustain the momentum?"" In the next six months, your board will be looking at ways in which we can guarantee that our organization and all of its wonderful programs continue to produce and sustain.

A look back at 2014

The added attention to Nevada History in this year of celebrating Nevada''s Sesquicentennial spiked the interest in many of HRPS' programs. Throughout 2014 we had unprecedented attendance numbers come out for our Historic Walking Tours, our monthly Programs, and our Harvest of Homes Tour. Even after moving to the Laxalt Auditorium with over double the capacity of Mount Rose Elementary School, we unfortunately had to turn people away from our February, March and October programs because we had reached the capacity set by the Fire Marshall. We were able to work with the Washoe County Libraries to offer the February and March programs and we are currently working to arrange another presentation by Richard Hill, who, in October, showed home movies of Reno and Northern Nevada taken in the 1920s and 1930s.

HRPS continues to work with other city groups to further our mission of promoting Reno''s historic resources. Barrie Shuster has been giving walking tours to groups from the Midtown Merchants Association to help them appreciate the history of buildings on and around the Virginia Street Corridor inside the Midtown boundaries. As a result, she has not only educated the merchants about the buildings that house their businesses, she has created a new HRPS Historic Walking Tour for our 2015 season.

Change is on the Horizon

With time and growth comes change. Jack Hursh and Cindy Ainsworth will be retiring from their jobs as HRPS Program Chairs, a job that Jack has done for fifteen years. Both Jack and Cindy want to devote more time to working on the Neighborhood Preservation Fund Committee. We welcome Steve Davis, former Assistant Director of Nevada Humanities and noted Nevada historian and documentary photographer, who has agreed to assume the Chairmanship of the Program Committee starting in 2015.

Felvia Belaustegui reports that new schools have requested to participate in our Fourth Grade Education Program. With the increase in schools HRPS welcome two new volunteer members, Donna and Paul Erickson, who will be accompanying Felvia, Terry Cynar and Jerry Fenwick on the next fourth grade field trip.

Other changes in the future for HRPS will be the addition of two or three new board members to replace those who have resigned due to family and work obligations. The board will also be grappling with the loss of HRPS Administrator, Cindy Ainsworth who will be resigning her position at the end of 2014. Cindy will continue to be a HRPS volunteer extraordinaire and assist whenever she is needed.

In closing, we welcome Charlotte and Dick McConnell and Jan E. Chik, our newest Lifetime members, who join 27 other couples and individuals who have made this commitment to HRPS. Income from Lifetime Membership is used to support our Neighborhood Preservation Fund.

Monthly Programs

  • Jan 28, 2015
  • Feb 25, 2015
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Apr 22, 2015

Elvis, Marilyn, and the Space Aliens, A Look at Nevada Films

Robin Holabird examines the intriguing ways Nevada’s movies combine with iconic people, characters and places. From James Bond to Area 51 and more, world famous names fit the extremes found in the Silver State. Robin Holabird, movie reviewer at Reno Public Radio and a retired state film commissioner, provides photos and observations.

The 4th Street/Prater Way History Project

Historian and author Alicia Barber heads the 4th Street/Prater Way History Project, a collaborative effort initiated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County (RTC) in 2011. In this multimedia presentation, Dr. Barber will share stories from this historic Reno-Sparks corridor—once the Lincoln and Victory Highways and U.S. 40—through oral histories, photographs, maps, permanent displays, smart phone apps, and a comprehensive historical website, all components of this exciting, multifaceted project.

LaVere Redfield

Jack Harpster is a proud twenty-nine year Nevadan, and has been retired in Reno for the past nine years. Jack began writing non-fiction books and articles as a hobby upon his retirement, and tonight's program is based upon his seventh and most recently published book entitled, The Curious Life of Nevada's LaVere Redfield: The Silver Dollar King. The biography is an in-depth look at the life of Northern Nevada's most famous and eccentric multi-millionaire, and a man whose outrageous antics were page-one news for four decades.

Let the Cowboy Ride: Ranch Life in Northern Nevada

Paul Starrs, a UNR geography professor, will speak about his decades of research on western ranching. A former cowboy himself, Starrs will discuss many aspects of ranching in the Great Basin. Starrs is the author of several books including, Let the Cowboy Ride: Cattle Ranching in the American West.

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