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Scott Carey—The Great Truckee River

Scott Carey
  • Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 noon
  • Location: Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street

The Truckee River has provided the water needed for life along its banks and has literally shaped our region. Scott will discuss the significance of the river to the Native American people of the Great Basin who have lived along the Truckee River since time immemorial. He will also discuss the historic Truckee River floods of 1955 and 1997 and their impact on the entire region.

Scott Carey grew up in Sparks, attended local public schools and used the Governor Kenny Guinn Memorial Scholarship to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno. Scott is a lifetime member and volunteer of the Sparks Heritage Museum, and since 2009 has served on the museum's Board of Trustees.

Veronica Fraser—Mrs. Mackay and the Bonanza King: A Chautauqua Presentation

Veronica Fraser
  • Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 noon
  • Location: Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street

Born in New York City in 1843, Louise Mackay spoke four languages and became known for her quick wit, generosity and charm, and was a hostess of international fame in Paris and London. But her focus was always on her husband John Mackay, her children and extended family. Louise and John met in 1866 and they were married in Virginia City. John's physical stamina and knowledge of Nevada's Comstock Lode, and his wise choices in partners, paid off when they hit the silver bonanza that made the mining district famous.

Veronica Fraser has been active in community theater for more than 30 years in three states. Shortly before the COVID 19 pandemic began, she enrolled in a class at OLLI called, "Be a Chautauquan." She had just finished reading "The Bonanza King" by Gregory Crouch, and about a hundred years of Nevada history opened for her along with a connection to Louise and John Mackay.

Debbie Hinman—Exploring the El Reno Apartment Homes

Debbie Hinman
  • Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
  • Time: 12:00 Noon
  • Location: Downtown Library, 301 South Center Street

The El Reno Apartment Homes are examples of the work of architect Paul Revere Williams. In 1936, Williams built a demonstration house made of steel for the Architects Building Materials exhibition in Los Angeles. A year later, Reno builder Roland Giroux had 15 of the homes shipped to Reno and assembled at 1307 S. Virginia St. Ten years later, the units were sold off individually and moved to other spaces; twelve of the units still exit. Debbie will present an overview of the homes and some history of them and their occupants.

Debbie Hinman is a Reno native and a University of Nevada, Reno graduate. For the past 20 years, she has been involved with Historic Reno Preservation Society as a tour guide, and as a researcher and writer for the HRPS publication FootPrints. She is vice president and interim president of the HRPS Board of Directors, and chairs the City of Reno Historical Resources Commission.