March 2019

Neil Brooks: "Model Dairy and the History of Ranching and the Dairy Industry"

Neil BrooksNeil Brooks, a fifth generation Nevadan, offers a glance back into the history of Reno. His visual and comprehensive presentation shares the story of two pioneer families: the Peckhams and the Taylors, and how they helped establish the Ranch and Dairy industry in the Biggest Little City over a century ago. Brooks' presentation will focus on the development and operation of Rewana Farms, home to Model Dairy. Neil was born in Reno and grew up on Rewana Farms, located on Peckham Lane. He’s the Neil in Neil Road.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Mark Demuth: "ReTRAC Railroad Trench Project Archaeology and Architecture"

Mark DemuthMark Demuth, environmental consultant and University of Nevada, Reno adjunct faculty member, presents ReTRAC Railroad Trench project archaeology and architecture. When the City of Reno decided in early 2000s to create a trench to lower the railroad tracks that ran through its center, archaeologists associated with the ReTRAC (Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor) project had a unique opportunity to explore the evidence of thousands of years of human history. The trench — 2 miles long, 54 feet wide, and 30 feet deep at its lowest point — created a cross-section through the oldest part of the city and gave investigators access to eighty-three archaeological sites, two prehistoric and eighty-one historical. The sites record continuous human habitation along the banks of the Truckee River for over 5,000 years, allowing investigators to learn how the earliest inhabitants responded to changing seasons and long-term climate change, and to study the creation of Reno's early and modern infrastructure.

  • Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Location: Reno Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno