Jan 2018

Fran Tryon, Hillside Cemetery Activist: Families of Hillside Cemetery

In 1875, the State of Nevada granted a patent of 40 acres on the north side of Reno for use as a cemetery — to be known as Hillside Cemetery. It was a privately-owned cemetery — not necessarily the best plan for perpetual care and maintenance. Sanders, the owner, sold plots but maintained ownership of the area between the plots — a complicated ownership structure. Frances Tryon will take us on a virtual tour of Hillside Cemetery, featuring stories about the founding families of Reno and their connections to the history of our community, country, and world. She will briefly touch on the importance of saving historic cemeteries for future generation and their importance in understanding our past, present and the journey into our future.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Jeff Auer, American History and Humanities instructor and LGBTQ Scholar: History of LGBTQ Reno

Researchers of LGBTQ history in the United States have focused predominantly on major cities such as San Francisco and New York City. This focus has led researchers to overlook a rich tradition of LGBTQ communities and individuals in small to mid-sized American cities that date from at least the late nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century. Reno is one of many examples of a small but thriving LGBTQ community from this time period. As far back as 1882, Reno had an LGBTQ presence, which Jeff will cover through the Great Recession, including the history of the Reno Gay Rodeo and its effects on the world.

  • Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Sierra View Library, 4001 South Virginia in Reno Town Mall