Monthly Programs

HRPS offers free monthly programs during the months of October, November, January, February, March, April, and May. We offer two programs each month: one on the First Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street; and one on the Third Wednesday at 5:30 pm at Northwest Library, 2325 Robb Drive in Reno.


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

Nov 2017

Mark Demuth: Virginia Street Bridge Demolition and Replacement Project: Treatment and Discovery of Buried Resources

A Picture of the Program Presenter, Mark Demuth

Mark Demuth, environmental consultant and University of Nevada, Reno adjunct faculty member, presents "Virginia Street Bridge Demolition and Replacement Project: Treatment and Discovery of Buried Resources." As part of the project, the company treated and documented the nine adjacent resources to the Virginia Street Bridge: the 1933 Reno Main Post Office, the 1965 F.W. Woolworth/Mapes Building, the 1963 First National Bank/Reno City Hall, the 1953/1961 Masonic Temple, the 1927 Riverside Hotel, the 1967 Pioneer Theater Auditorium, the 1910 Washoe County Courthouse and the floodwalls. The project included the preservation and re-use of key architectural elements of the Virginia Street Bridge and the Interpretive Area, as well as documentation and treatment of the seven discoveries (the Sullivan-Kelly Ditch, the Cochran Ditch, 1877 Iron Bridge, the Mapes, a storm drain box culvert, the Majestic Theater, the Riverside Hotel boiler room, and the 1905 Masonic Temple). Mr. Demuth's presentation and lecture will include details of the resources treated, documented, and the research completed.

  • Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Sierra View Library, 4001 South Virginia in Reno Town Mall

Oct 2017

Howard Goldbaum: The Rise and Fall of the American Flat Mill

A View through a Tunnel at American Flat

Howard Goldbaum, Director of Graduate Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, presents "The Rise and Fall of the American Flat Mill," an extensively illustrated lecture on the planning, construction and brief operation of the Mill. It will include elements of economics and mining technologies, and will explore the different uses and cultural appropriation of the mining complex in the modern era.

  • Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
  • Time: 1:30 PM
  • Location: Sierra View Library, 4001 South Virginia in Reno Town Mall.