FootPrints has come a long way, baby!
In January 1998, a fledgling organization called Historic Reno Preservation Society published a four-page newsletter entitled Newsletter. The title may not have been imaginative but Volume 1, No. 1, proudly introduced members to HRPS new logo, a creation of Double Click Design and illustrator Loren Jahn. Featuring the Virginia Street bridge, the logo has endured and is now an easily-recognized symbol of HRPS. This first newsletter named HRPS's 56 members and announced the newly-elected officers which included Pat Ferraro Klos as President; Cindy Ainsworth, Vice President; Holly Young, Treasurer; and Sandy Saunders, Secretary.
Newsletter No. 2 appeared in May 1998 with a message from new editor Sharon Walbridge. It also featured a Walking Tour roster for National Historic Preservation Week, with four scheduled walks and a field trip to Flanigan's Warehouse.
Though still bearing its innocuous name, Newsletter No. 3 expanded to six pages, and a year later had grown to ten. It wasn't long until it reached the 12 pages we publish today.
And finally! Volume 4, No. 1 of Winter 2001's masthead announced the publication as FootPrints. Said Editor Sharon Walbridge, "We hope you'll like the change and appreciate the allusion that we walk in the footprints of others as others will walk in ours."
With Volume 7, No. 4 of Fall 2004, Sharon Walbridge became Editor Emeritus and Carol Coleman took the reins as Managing Editor. Carol continued in that role until 2016, producing a quality publication through her excellent organizational skills and ability to herd cats (otherwise known as her contributing writers). The very talented writer, Debbie Hinman, has taken over the helm of FootPrints and its new full-color look on glossy white paper.
Those of us on the editorial staff and our guest contributors are still walking in the footprints of our predecessors and yet creating some of our own as well. We hope these footprints will endure so that future generations may understand where we've been and continue the preservation journey.
From a four-page chronicle of the new organization's activities, we have grown to a respected publication, which is currently collected by the Nevada Historical Society and the State Historic Preservation Office. Our current staff strives to achieve a good balance between reporting local history and telling the story of our organization, its efforts and successes. We have a lot to say these days! But a publication is nothing without its readers so thanks to all of you who share your appreciation for our efforts and provide inspiration for future articles. We couldn't do it without you.