Don't Forget! September 27th is the Reno Harvest of Homes Tour!
The Historic Reno Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources in the Truckee Meadows through education, advocacy and leadership, and our organization of volunteers is proving every day that we are up to this challenge laid out in our mission statement. As we grow as an organization, we are seeing more than ever the impacts of our mission and the increasing breadth of our reach and influence in the community.
The main agenda item for the HRPS Advocacy Advisory Council meeting on June 13 was the preservation of Lincoln and Manzanita Halls at the University of Nevada Reno. We were joined by representatives from other concerned groups, and we reviewed the facts, discussed the issues, defined our position, and came up with a plan of action.
On the morning of June 19 many of us learned that further action would not be necessary. An email from UNR Communications was sent to many of us, stating, "University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson will announce later today that the University will be preserving Lincoln and Manzanita Halls. … This is very positive news and President Johnson wanted you to know this before we circulate this announcement to a wider audience."
HRPS is proud to offer fourth-grade educational programs to all Reno elementary schools. I had the privilege to participate in one of these programs, joining Jerry Fenwick and Felvia Belaustegui at Hunter Lake Elementary School on Wednesday, April 28, when Jerry presented his slide show of old Reno to two fourth grade classes.
The next day, Felvia, Terry Cynar, and I boarded a school bus with the classes, their teachers, and several parent volunteers for a field trip. The first stop was the Amtrak Train Depot on Center Street where we started in the downstairs waiting room to see the historic water fountain donated by the Christian Women's Temperance Union to the City of Reno in 1908. Back upstairs, we entered the historic part of the depot to view the 1926 waiting room and the collection of artifacts uncovered during the ReTRAC.
Our next stop was the Washoe County Court House where the students were given a tour by Randy Amstroy. The tour proceeded to the Lake Mansion, where we ate our bag lunches and participated in a guided tour of the mansion. The trip ended with a drive by the California Building where students were told about the 1927 Transcontinental Highway Exposition. Based on the students' thank you letters to HRPS following one of the fourth grade tours, the drinking fountain at the Amtrak Depot is a big hit!
On Monday, July 7 a group of HRPS board members took a field trip to the historic Reno Amtrak Depot, built in 1926 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 2012. We were met by Maureen McKissick from the City of Reno and local historians Alicia Barber and Mella Harmon for a tour the historic facility. At one time, the city was ready to go forward with plans to turn the historic building into a Heritage Center, and in fact, there is already signage on Virginia Street near the Reno Arch listing the Reno Heritage Center pointing visitors east to the Depot. The Heritage Center may provide an exciting opportunity for collaboration between HRPS and the City of Reno — stay tuned for more details.
There is good news for those of you who were unable to attend the February and March HRPS Programs. Because of unprecedented demand for our programs, we exceeded the fire safety limit at the Laxalt Auditorium, so HRPS is partnering with Washoe County Library System to offer both programs at the historic Downtown Reno Library's auditorium, and possibly at other library locations. Steve Ellison will present Harolds Club or Bust! on Thursday, September 25 at 3:00 PM, and Michael Fischer's Reno's Dark Underbelly of Prostitution and Drugs from 1900-1950 will be offered on Sunday September 28 at 2:00 PM.
Pat Klos's article honoring Cindy Ainsworth as the first recipient of the Patricia Ferraro Klos Volunteer Award prompted Jan and Jim Loverin to renew their membership at the Lifetime level. Jan included a note saying, "Enclosed is our check for enthusiastic support as lifetime members of HRPS. I was sincerely touched by Pat Klos's article honoring my friend, Cindy Ainsworth." Twelve others – Dr. Francine Mannix, Tom and Phyllis Cates, Ted and Francine Gray, and Al and Nancy Pagni, Tom and Leanne Stone, Florence Ann Burgess, and John and Susan Hancock – join the Loverins as new HRPS Lifetime Members. They join the other individuals and couples who have made this commitment to the mission of HRPS. Income from Lifetime Membership is used to support our Neighborhood Preservation Fund.
Byllie D’Amato Andrews