May 2019

Debbie Hinman: "Harvest of Homes Tour Retrospective"

Debbie HinmanThe year 2019 marks HRPS' 10th year of our annual Harvest of Homes Tour. This talk will be a retrospective of some of our featured homes, along with photos and histories of the properties and their owners through the years. Our tour has highlighted homes from the 1870s through the 1970s, simple to elaborate, cottages to mansions. All of these homes were significant in their own way, whether it be their architecture, neighborhood, decor or inhabitants. For those who have not attended the Tour, here is your chance to hear their wonderful stories and "meet" some of the early residents of Reno without crowds or parking woes. Debbie Hinman has been the researcher and writer for the Home Tour Program since its inception; she is also a HRPS tour guide and managing editor of FootPrints, HRPS' quarterly publication. She serves on the City of Reno Historical Resources Commission.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Time: 5:30 PM
  • Location: Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno

Dr. Holly Walton-Buchanan: "Historic Ranches of Western Nevada"

Holly Walton-BuchananHow much do you really know about the first settlements in the Truckee Meadows and the Carson Valley? Have you heard about the mysterious cache of letters — written by early Reno pioneers in the 1860s to relatives in Rhode Island — found hidden behind a wall in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1980s? Do you know why ranches were so important during the Comstock mining boom, and how they managed to survive after the mines closed down? Can you identify the farm implements found at Bartley Ranch Regional Park and how they were used? Do you know what the prehistoric ancestor of our modern cattle was called, and where it lived? Finally, how did all those Spanish cows and horses get across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World? If you can't answer any of these questions, you need to come to Holly's presentation and learn about the ranching history of the Carson Valley and the Truckee Meadows. Holly Walton-Buchanan's family has been involved in ranching for over 100 years. She was an educator in the Washoe County School District and the Nevada Department of Education, is a long-time historic preservationist, and the author of four books about Reno's history.

  • Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 PM
  • Location: Reno Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street, Reno

Please Note: HRPS' Annual Meeting begins at noon.