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Free presentations from the Historic Reno Preservation Society are open to the public. These programs are for you if you are a local history buff or just want to know more about how and why Reno and northern Nevada got to where we are today.

Families of Hillside Cemetery - Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Take a virtual tour of Reno's Hillside Cemetery, featuring stories about the founding families of Reno and their connections to the history of our community, country, and world. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Frances Tryon.

History of LGBTQ Reno - Sunday, January 28, 2018. Reno is one of many examples of a small but thriving LGBTQ community. As far back as 1882, Reno had an LGBTQ presence, which the talk will cover through the Great Recession, including the history of the Reno Gay Rodeo and its effects on the world. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall), 1:30 p.m. Presented by Jeff Auer.

Truckee Meadows Irrigation Ditches - Wednesday, February 21, 2018. There are nine hand-dug irrigation ditches still operating from the Truckee River in Reno. From short ones for the hydroelectric plants at Verdi, Fleisch and Washoe, to the big one, the Steamboat Ditch, more than 30 miles long. Most have access along at least part of their routes, winding through suburbs and golf courses, north past Kiley Ranch and south to Steamboat Hot Springs. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Dana Munkelt.

Reno Chinatown - Sunday, February 25, 2018. Reno, Nevada, like other mining and railroad towns in the American West, had a Chinatown that originated with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Reno's Chinese population existed along the periphery of the larger white community for nearly 40 years. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall), 1:30 p.m. Presented by Edan Strekal.

A Tale of Two Cities - Virginia City and Reno - Wednesday, March 21, 2018. This presentation is an overview of the beginnings of Nevada and the two significant early towns, Virginia City and Reno, and the symbiotic relationship between the two. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Debbie Hinman.

Flick Ranch - Sunday, March 25, 2018. This property, east of downtown Reno on the Truckee River, was first a trading post and toll bridge crossing. Over the years, it has seen many owners and a variety of uses. Today, the Truckee River Flood Project owns the ranch house and land. The Flick Ranch Project is trying to save the ranch house from demolition. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall), 1:30 p.m. Presented by Kelly Rigby and Joyce Cox.

History of the Reno Chamber of Commerce - Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The Reno Chamber began as the Reno Improvement Society in 1898 and the Reno Commercial Club in 1906. The goals of these two groups, typical for any small community, were to support local businesses and to make Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, and Northern Nevada a good place to live. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. Presented by Joyce Cox.

Reno's Early Meatpacking Industry - Sunday, April 22, 2018. Learn about Reno's early meatpacking industry, as illustrated by the rise and fall of the Nevada Packing Company on E. 4th Street. More than just a slaughterhouse, the company manufactured butter and ice, distributed beer and liquor, and smoked its own bacon and hams. Sierra View Library, 4001 S. Virginia Street (Reno Town Mall), 1:30 p.m. Presented by ZoAnn Campana.

The Hot August Nights Story - Wednesday, May 16, 2018. During an evening night on August 1, 1986, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center was bursting at the seams with hundreds of revelers who were partying, cheering and pushing to be let in to a first-time event of a magnitude yet to be realized. Northwest Reno Library, 2325 Robb Drive, 5:30 p.m. Presented by David Hansen.

Wells Avenue neighborhood, Reno, Nevada, NV
Old houses are being restored in Reno's historic Wells Avenue neighborhood. Photo © Stan White

Source: Historic Reno Preservation Society.

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