Home + History Reno: Maisie's Martini Tour

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The Martini Tour has become a staple of Home + History held annually in Las Vegas on the last weekend in April. This year, join us for the first ever Home + History Reno: Martini Tour!

HRPS is pleased to collaborate with the Nevada Preservation Foundation to bring this event to Reno as an addition to the Harvest of Homes event!

What could be better after a day of perusing some of Reno's most amazing historic homes than to pick up a martini cocktail and hobnob with other historic home enthusiasts in an amazing Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1923. A martini in the traditional glass with a twist

The venue at 725 California AvenueJoin Nevada Preservation Foundation at their first-ever heritage event in Reno! This 4,000 square foot home at 725 California Avenue boasts three bedrooms, over a half acre of gardens, and stunning views onto downtown Reno. Nevada Preservation Foundation's executive director, Heidi Swank, will provide a brief talk on the history of the home as a beautiful piece of architecture but also as home to some notable Nevadans. Attendees will then be allowed to mingle and explore the home with a complimentary cocktail in a commemorative martini glass and circulating hors d'oeuvres. The Martini Tour is the perfect way to relax, catch up with neighbors, make new friends, and take in one last amazing home before the Harvest of Homes disappears for another year!

The event will run from 4-6pm. Tickets are $50. All proceeds benefit the Nevada Preservation Foundation. More information and ticket purchase is at Nevada Preservation Foundation Reno Event.

HRPS Night at the Movies - "The Captive City" - Wednesday October 9

Movie Poster for The Captive City

No Punches Pulled, No Truths Untold!


Join HRPS on October 9th for a night of intrigue as we present the 1952 film noir movie, The Captive City. Filmed in Reno, this crime-drama was one of the first movies to capitalize on the 1951 Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. The public was transfixed as Senator Carey Estes Kefauver's committee interviewed some 600 crime witnesses. First played out on TV and in newsreels, the film industry then capitalized on this new fascination with organized crime.

The film's star, newspaperman Jim Austin, played by actor John Forsythe, learns from a private investigator that a local businessman has organized a massive gambling ring that also has the town's police chief involved. Suspense builds as Austin investigates these crime allegations only to find that he and his wife are in danger. Veteran Hollywood Director, Robert Wise, uses special film techniques to tell the story that led to Austin's courageous decision to testify before the crime committee.

Reno and surroundings were the exclusive shooting locations because the director felt "it is a typical American city of moderate size." Many downtown buildings were used during the filming including the now long gone Nevada State Journal building located on Center Street. Our host will point out these buildings and talk about the history of the movie.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Movie starts at 6:30 pm
  • Location: Reno Little Theater (RLT), 147 East Pueblo (between Holcomb and Wells)
  • Tickets: $15/pp (plus $3.00/pp ticketing fee), sold through RLT. This is a fundraiser to support HRPS' Neighborhood Preservation Fund.
  • Sales Open: September 10, 2019 (at

This is a fundraiser to support HRPS’ Preservation Fund.
(We do have the expense of facility rental and movie license to cover.)

Reno Little Theater's concession stand will be open at 6:00 pm (and during intermission), so grab a beverage or munchie, come into the theater and enjoy a relaxing (and interesting) time. A plus, enjoy RLT's new seating arrangement, to be installed in September, where all seats face forward.

HRPS Night at the Movies - "Apartment for Peggy"

(This Event Took Place on Noveber 28, 2018)

Movie Poster for Apartment For PeggyJoin us for a bit of nostalgia and a view of the 1940s University of Nevada, Reno campus.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, Movie starts at 6:30 pm
  • Location: Reno Little Theater (RLT), 147 East Pueblo (between Holcomb and Wells)
  • Tickets: $16/pp, sold through RLT, access here (75 seats available). This is a fundraiser to support HRPS' Neighborhood Preservation Fund.

We will occasionally stop the movie to point out Reno scenes and talk about the history of movie and the location.

Reno Little Theater's concession stand will be open at 6:00 pm (and during intermission), so grab a beverage and enjoy a relaxing (and interesting) time.

Apartment for Peggy is a 1948 American comedy-drama film about a depressed professor whose spirits are lifted when he rents part of his home to a young couple. It was based on the novelette An Apartment for Jenny by Faith Baldwin. Campus exteriors were filmed at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Plot: Peggy (Jeanne Crain) is an exuberant young woman married to Jason Taylor (William Holden), a veteran going to college on the G.I. Bill in hopes of becoming a teacher. The two are attempting to adjust to the boom years of the late 1940s. While Jason takes classes, the couple has little money and needs a place to stay. They are recommended to Henry Barnes (Edmund Gwenn), a philosophy professor who has planned to commit suicide. However, meeting the Taylors revives Barnes, as their positive attitudes make him realize he still has a purpose in life.

Historic 4th Street Brewery Tour

(This Event Took Place on October 7, 2018)

1940s 4th Street looking East with a view of Sierra BreweryTake a stroll along a stretch of Reno's historic 4th Street corridor and hear stories about how the area developed. We will talk about the history of beer brewing in this area, a legacy recently revived by several business owners in the district. We will also touch on the various industries that have characterized this corridor since its inception.

During the half-mile walk, we will stop in Pigeon Head Brewery, Lead Dog Brewing, and the Depot for beer tastings and building tours. The price includes tastings at all three breweries. Space is limited.

Tickets are $30 per person for HRPS members and $45 per person for non-members.

Please note: Must be 21 or over to join this tour. The route includes uneven surfaces that may not be accessible for wheelchairs. Carpooling to the event is encouraged, as this event will coincide with the Lincoln Highway Tweed Ride and parking may be limited. Tickets are non-refundable.

Proceeds from this tour support the Historic Reno Preservation Society, a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources in the Truckee Meadows through education, advocacy, and leadership.