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Usually HRPS Summer FootPrints includes Historic Walking Tours. COVID-19 has changed that and much more in our lives. To protect everyone and keep you all safe, HRPS and Artown are only offering events that ensure we can maintain social distancing. That would be impossible for our walking tours.

HRPS' July Artown events are presented virtually using Zoom, delivered to you over your computer or phone. Our events are free to all. Go to the Artown site: artown.org and select History.You will see all the events that are history-related, including the HRPS events. Select the event and registser for it. You will receive an email confirmation that you have signed up for the selected story with access information. You may also get similar access by clicking on the "Register Here" link associated with each event below.

Stories are moved to the bottom of this window after the presentation is given. The recording of the presentation will be available within a week of the actual presentation.

A Painted Brick Home on Circle Drive
A Painted Brick Home on Circle Drive

Learn about Southridge Estates, one of Reno’s most outstanding residential areas in the early 1950s. Imagine the large yards, big trees and beautiful ranch style homes of many prominent Renoites. For a number of the photos, owners have shared special features of the interior or exterior of their home.

Saturday, July 31, 9:00 am

Presenter: Caroline Asikainen

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A Ranch-style Home in Westfield Village
A Ranch-style Home in Westfield Village

Discover Westfield Village, a post-WWII suburb that tells an important story of Reno's growth in the mid-century period. Westfield became a prototype for affordable, mass-produced homes. Our tour includes the rural character of west Reno before development, the creation of Idlewild Park and Reno High, and the importance of the FHA and automobiles in creating the modern suburb.

Thursday, July 1, 6:00 pm

Presenter: Sharon Honig-Bear

Westfield Village Video

A Painted Brick Home on Lander Street
A Painted Brick Home on Lander Street

Enjoy a walk through the Humboldt and Lander Streets Neighborhood. Discover the architectural treasures of this area, a mix of bungalows, Tudor and mission revivals and cottage styles. For some homes, we'll have a photo of things they've done to their historic homes or things that have stayed the same over the years.

Saturday, July 3, 9:00 am

Presenter: Susan Mullen

Bricks and Stones Video

Casale's Halfway Club on 4th Street
Casale's Halfway Club on 4th Street

Savor a visual history of local food, drink and the industries that surround them! EdibleRenoTahoe columnist Sharon Honig-Bear brings her love of Reno history, throws in a pinch of local restaurant lore and winds up with Reno's Historic Kitchens. Our tour visits more than a dozen eateries located in historic buildings. From little known stories for Calafuria to well known places like the Wild River Grill in the Riverside, the presentation is fast moving and full of surprises about your back yard and the food enjoyed here.

Tuesday, July 6, 6:00 pm

Presenter: Sharon Honig-Bear

Reno's Historic Kitchens Video

The U.P. House in Its New Location
The U.P. House in Its New Location

Artist/Preservationist Loren Jahn and Historian Neal Cobb tell the story of Loren's move of The U.P. House property at 821 N. Center Street in the UNR Gateway to its new location on Taylor Street near Nixon, during the COVID pandemic. This was the only property saved on the west side of N. Center between 8th and 9th Streets, once UNR decided to remove or demolish everything in the Gateway. The property once belonged to poet JoAnn deLongchamps who donated it to the University. For the last 15 years it had been the home of the Northern Nevada International House.

Thursday, July 8, 6:00 pm

Presenters: Loren Jahn and Neal Cobb

The U.P. House Video

The Twisted Chimney
The Twisted Chimney

Have you noticed how much of the older part of Reno is built with brick and what a variety of colors, styles and and patterns there are? The Story of Brick provides a brief history on the process of brickmaking and delves into the history of Reno's brickyards and various brick masons responsible for constructing some of Reno's iconic architecture.

Saturday, July 10, 9:00 am

Presenter: Alexis Thomas

The Story of Brick Video

An Example of Ed Parson's Work on California Avenue
An Example of Ed Parson's Work on California Avenue

Throughout Reno and Carson City, renowned local architect Edward S. Parsons designed many beautiful homes and other buildings between 1938 and 1982. His creations include homes like the Payne Mansion and the McKissick, a soaring A-frame home, as well as churches, schools, motels, fire stations and several buildings on the UNR campus. Here's a chance to learn about the life, designs, contributions and restoration works of Ed Parsons, who had unique ideas and vision and see samples of the variety of his works and restorations, and the two historic properties he helped save—Morrill Hall and Bower's Mansion.

Sunday, July 11, 2:00 pm

Presenter: Anne Simone

Edward Parson's Architecture Video

An Early Reno School
An Early Reno School

Take a whirlwind tour through Reno's educational history and the changing architecture of our educational facilities. From the one-room schoolhouses of the Truckee Meadows' early settlements to the varied architecture of Reno's earlier elementary, junior high and high school buildings to today's sprawling, low-profile institutions of learning, our schools have told the story of the changing face of our city.

Tuesday, July 13, 6:00 pm

Presenter: Debbie Hinman

A History of Reno Schools Video

A Carpenter Gothic House Undergoing Restoration
A Carpenter Gothic House Undergoing Restoration

Discover one of Reno's earliest and most delightful vernacular neighborhoods and learn about the English, Germans and Italians that settled the area. This neighborhood is the first City of Reno Conservation District.

Thursday, July 15, 6:00 pm

Presenters: Jack Hursh and Loren Jahn

Powning’s Addition Video

Downtown Sparks in the 1930s
Downtown Sparks in the 1930s

Learn about the history of the Rail City on a virtual walking tour through Victorian Square and Downtown Sparks. Hear about how this area has transformed itself from a railroad hub to a vibrant commercial district, into a rundown urban area before successful redevelopment changed the image and future of the city. We discuss some of the buildings and sites that have played an important role in the history and development of Sparks and Nevada. This talk is in collaboration with the Sparks Heritage Museum (www.sparksmuseum.org).

Saturday, July 17, 9:00 am

Presenter: Scott Carey

Historic Downtown Sparks Video

William Macy in Reno for 'The Cooler'
William Macy in Reno for 'The Cooler'

Walk in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, Kirk Douglas, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren and more. The tour covers downtown Reno's rich film history inspired by divorce, gambling and the city's distinct look in such movies as "The Misfits," "Cobb," "Sister Act," and "Love Ranch."

Sunday, July 18, 2:00 pm

Presenter: Robin Holabird

Movie Footprints in Reno Video

Nevada Meat Packing Building on 4th Street
Nevada Meat Packing Building on 4th Street

More than a century ago, Reno had a booming meatpacking industry, as illustrated by the rise and fall of the Nevada Packing Company on E. 4th Street. Founded by Patrick Flanagan as the Nevada Meat Company in 1902, the Nevada Packing Company grew into Nevada's only Federally-inspected packing plant. More than just a slaughterhouse, the company manufactured butter and ice, distributed beer and liquor, and smoked its own bacon and hams. Most notably, the company foreshadowed the locavore movement as we know it today, sourcing its animals and other materials from local ranches and farms.

Tuesday, July 20, 6:00 pm

Presenter: ZoAnn Campana

Meat Packing District Video

Hillside Cemetery Plaque
Hillside Cemetery Plaque

We bring you the Historic Reno Cemeteries Story, about the cemeteries on the hill west of the university. These historic cemeteries began during the latter half of the 19th century: Hillside Cemetery, Knights of Pythias Cemetery and Hebrew Cemetery.

Thursday, July 22 6:00 pm

Presenters: Bill Mardon, Fran Tryon and Brett Banks

Historic Reno Cemeteries Video

Twin Pines
Twin Pines

Dr. Peter Mires, historical geographer and Carson City resident, presents an illustrated lecture on the rustic architecture of the Lake Tahoe region. Material for the talk comes from his book "Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture." Rustic has become Tahoe's brand; its expression extends beyond homes and resorts to include myriad forms—churches, stores, restaurants, and a host of ancillary structures among them. Dr. Mires will focus largely on its Gilded Age—to—Great Depression heyday.

Saturday, July 24, 9:00 am

Presenter: Peter Mires

Lake Tahoe's Rustic Architecture Video

Our Beautiful Truckee River
Our Beautiful Truckee River

Join us for this presentation on historic pollutants of the Truckee River Watershed and learn how you can be part of the solution to water pollution.

One Truckee River works to ensure a healthy, thriving, sustainable river connected to the hearts and minds of its community. We believe learning about the history of the Truckee River Watershed helps us to understand our path to a clean, healthy, and sustainable Truckee River in the future.

Tuesday, July 27, 6:00 pm

Presenter: Carrie Jensen, Landscape Architect with Urban Ecology Solutions, LLC

Link to recording will be available soon.

Morril Hall on the UNR Campus
Morril Hall on the UNR Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno quadrangle was placed as a District in the National Register of Historic Placed on February 25, 1987. Visit Morrill Hall, Mackay School of Mines and the Keck Museum to learn the history of this beautiful campus.

Thursday, July 29, 6:00 pm

Presenters: Jack Hursh and Bob Shriver

Link to recording will be available soon.