Monthly Programs for 2017

April 2017

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

Special HRPS Presentation: Saturday, May 6, 2:00 pm

Modern Firepit Facing a Dwelling at Rabbithole Springs

HRPS Scholarship recipient Kristen Tiede will present her Master's thesis research, "We Won't Stay Long: Anticipated Mobility at Rabbithole Springs, Nevada." Located near the Black Rock Desert, Rabbithole Springs, Nevada is a remote mining district originally named by emigrants on the Applegate Trail. Families squatted at the Double O Mine in order to escape the effects of the Great Depression and were able to make a living placer mining for gold. The community was inhabited from 1935-1941 and the residents improvised by living in tents or dugouts built from scavenged materials. This project is a continuation of research conducted by the University of Nevada, Reno and focuses on the anticipated mobility of the community. The patterns of trash disposal, the residential features, and locations of work areas fit together to tell the story of how long the residents thought they would stay at Rabbithole.

  • Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Sierra View Library Meeting Room, Reno Town Mall, 4001 South Virginia, Peckham and South Virginia

March 2017

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

February 2017

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

January 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

November 2016

Debbie Hinman: The Endangered University Neighborhood

For 120 years, a row of lovely, dignified Victorian homes has graced the neighborhood at the foot of the University of Nevada, Reno grounds just below Ninth Street. These homes, as well as other beautiful and significant ones on neighboring streets, are now threatened due to plans for a massive business building and a “gateway” consisting of other new structures which will irrevocably change the character of the district. Debbie will present the history of the area, from its early ownership by pioneers John Newton and Alvaro Evans to the interesting and important residents who created this vibrant neighborhood. The hope is that you will gain an understanding of why the neighborhood is worth saving.

  • Date: Sunday, November 27, 2016 (last Sunday)
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

October 2016

Jack Harpster: The Genesis of Reno

Jack Harpster, author of The Genesis of Reno, presents a history of the Virginia Street Bridge and the Riverside Hotel. Over 157 years ago— before there was a Reno, Nevada; before there was a state of Nevada; and even before there was a Nevada Territory— there was a bridge over the Truckee River at a narrow, deeply rutted cattle and wagon trail that would one day become Virginia Street. There was also a small rustic inn and tavern occupying a plot of ground at the southern end of the log-and-timber bridge, catering to thirsty cowboys, drovers, and miners. The inn and the bridge were the first two structures in what would one day be a bustling metropolitan area, and to this day they still form the nucleus of the city they gave rise to. Today, descendants of these two structures are known as the Virginia Street Bridge and the Riverside Artist Lofts. The 111-year-old concrete bridge that was replaced in 2015/16 by a magnificent new structure, was honored for its longevity and unique character by placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980; and the Riverside Hotel, the forerunner of the Riverside Artist Lofts, was similarly honored in 1986. This is the remarkable story of these two iconic landmarks around which a major western city has grown, and of the people, the events, and the community that played an important part in shaping their long history.

  • Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016 (last Sunday)
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Downtown Washoe County Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno