Juneteenth Closure/Downtown Reno Library Elevator News
All libraries will be closed Wednesday, June 19, for the Juneteenth holiday. Due to ongoing construction, the elevator at the Downtown Reno Library is currently not in service. Computers and restrooms are available on the main level for patrons who are unable to use the stairs, and staff can assist with retrieving materials from other levels.

 

 

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The Reno Historical Website and App

Learn about the groundbreaking website and smart phone app Reno Historical from its editor, Dr. Alicia Barber. Administered by the Historic Reno Preservation Society, the interactive, multimedia platform features more than 260 entries (and counting!) about historic buildings, spaces, businesses, and landmarks throughout the city.

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Playa Life – A Journey to Inner Space

Presenter Bob Goodman takes us on a journey through the surprising life forms that developed from the Black Rock, Toulon, and 4-Mile playas during the summers of 2021 and 2022.

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A Marvelous Feat – The 150th Anniversary of the Virginia and Gold Hill Water System

Sherry Griffin Grundy shares the story of how the Virginia and Gold Hill Water Company brought Sierra water across a route over twenty miles long.

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Bartley Ranch

Neal Cobb is joined by Loren Jahn to watch and discuss an unaired episode of Home is Nevada that explored the structures at Bartley Ranch.

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The Reno You Know

Steve Ellison, the proprietor of the YouTube channel The Reno You Know tells us about his channel and about some past and upcoming episodes.

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Home is Nevada: Animal Ark

A special viewing of Home Is Nevada, a show developed for possible programming on a major network, in which hosts Neal Cobb and Dick Stoddard get a behind-the-scenes tour at Animal Ark Wildlife Sanctuary.

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World War II and Nevada

Chuck Weller relates stories of the Reno Army Air Base, a Japanese balloon bomb shot down over Reno, the gift to Admiral Halsey of a saddle from the war bond buyers of Washoe County, and more.

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The People of the Comstock

Neal is joined by Garrett Barmore to talk about historic Virginia City, which at its height was the most populous city between San Francisco and St. Louis.

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Celebrating Nevada 1864–2023

Brooke Santina tells us about the history of the Nevada Day Parade and shows old parade program covers and black-and-white photos of the floats from the days when showgirls from the casinos rode on them.

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Eilley Orrum: Riches to Rags at Bowers Mansion

Sandie La Nae tells the story of Eilley Orrum’s life. Orrum was the epitome of a pioneer in the mid-1800s. Her life was filled with adventure, travel, riches, poverty, happiness, and disappointment.

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Our Journey Through Time at the Newlands Mansion

Neal Cobb is joined by historic preservationists Melinda and Dan Gustin, who discuss their work on the Newlands Mansion, a national historic landmark that they purchased in 1984.

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The History of a Historical Society

Dennis Little from the Douglas County Historical Society presents a tour of the Courthouse Museum in Genoa and the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Little, locally known as “Dennis at the Museum,” is a long-time resident of Douglas County, Nevada. With a passion for history, he’s actively involved with the Douglas County Historical Society, where he oversees Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville, and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa.

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Sparks Then & Now Revisited

In 2005, the City of Sparks celebrated its 100th birthday. To show how the city had changed over its first hundred years, a Sparks Then and Now presentation was developed by Neal Cobb, Jerry Fenwick, Karen Dolan, and Scott Carey. This presentation revisits that program and takes a look at how things have changed in this past decade-and-a-half.

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The Great Fire

Joe L. Curtis discusses the 1875 Virginia City fire, which destroyed most of the city at the very apex of its mining boom.

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Rocketdyne Nevada Field Laboaratory

Dick Dreiling shares the little-known story of how the Reno-Sparks area contributed to the space race and the landing on the moon.

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Camels in the Comstock

Guest Eric Moody examines the use of camels in early Nevada freighting, focusing chiefly on their involvement in the commerce that sprang up between Virginia City and Austin, Nevada.

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When Hollywood Came to Reno: Behind the Scenes & Seams

Karen Burns was a professional dancer who appeared in many shows, most notably Hello, Hollywood, Hello! Since then, she has purchased more than 1,250 of the original costumes from that spectactular show.

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Vintage Fake News

Frank Mullen Jr. discusses vintage fake news.

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Promoting the Significance of North Central Nevada History

Dana Toth, executive director of Humboldt Museum in Winnemucca, Nevada, discusses history, community, and the efforts to unite the two.

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Jack Dempsey in Nevada

Long-time Nevada journalist Guy Clifton talks about Jack Dempsey's time spent in the Silver State.

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Nevada Northern's Hebrew Cemeteries

Sharon Honig-Bear looks at the early days of the Jewish presence in Northern Nevada and the establishment of cemeteries for their population.

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Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark: Steamin' 35 years

Railroads once connected just about every town in Nevada. Today the Nevada Northern Railway is the sole survivor from this period of Nevada's history. Join the railroad's president Mark Bassett as he explains the ups and downs of operating a 19th century railroad in the 21st century.

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Verdi History Center and the Verdi Public School Restoration Project

Nancy Benson and Bud Mosconi from the Verdi History Center join Neal to talk about their organzation's work.

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Where to Hear About Nevada History

Carol Coleman introduce us to a variety of historic resources and places in Nevada.

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The Donovan Mill

Established in 1860, the Donovan Mill in Silver City, Nevada, was the longest running stamp mill on the Comstock and is the largest historic stamp mill in the nation.

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Erin's Isle and Beyond

Erin Breen tells us about her decades working in broadcast and print media.

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Baby Face Nelson in Nevada

Michael Fischer discusses the bank robber Baby Face Nelson and his time spent here in Nevada.

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Nevada Mining from Silver and Gold to Copper and Lithium

Guest Paul Franklin talks about 170 years of mining development in Nevada.

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Reno '50s and '60s

Neal Cobb shares photos and stories depicting what life was like in Reno during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Friends of the Nevada Wilderness and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

Pat Bruce, steardship program director for the Friends of Nevada Wilderness, gives a short history of his organization and the work it does for Nevada, with a focus on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.

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History of the Word War II USO Canteen Ladies of North Platte, Nebraska

Larry Kirk shares the story of the volunteers in North Platte, Nebraska, who served more than six million service men and women during World War II. The North Platte Canteen remains the single biggest movement of volunteerism in the United States to date.

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Nevada's Times in Rhymes

Neal is joined by Jerry Aaron, whose book Nevada’s Times in Rhymes helps young people gain an understanding of Nevada’s past and present.

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Finding and Restoring Part of the Reno Fire Department's Past

Retired firefighter Jon D. Wagner tells how a 1917 American LaFrance ladder truck formerly owned by the Reno Fire Department was returned to Reno and restored over the course of 15 years.

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Nevada Military Women

Learn about women from Nevada who have served in the military, from the very first ones to those who serve today. Presenter Anne Davis graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1982 and served on active duty in the Army for 29 years, eventually retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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American Mountain Men

Larry Walker discusses the beaver trappers of the fur trade era (1800-1840) and explains how an organization he works with, American Mountain Men, researches and teaches the skills and history of these important pathfinders.

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19th and 20th Century Painters of Nevada

Gallery owner, appraiser, and publisher Jack Bacon presents this overview of the major 19th and 20th century painters of Nevada. Based on the first comprehensive biographical dictionary on the subject ever published, this presentation covers artists from the early days of western exploration and the Latimer School of the early 20th century.

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Nevada Barn Heritage

Jack Hursh tells us about his photographs of historic, Northern Nevada barns.

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Ballooning in the Truckee Meadows

Ramon Seelback tells us all about ballooning in and around the Truckee Meadows.

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Preserving One of the UNR Gateway Homes

Loren Jahn discusses his efforts to relocate and restore a Queen Anne cottage that was threatened by the UNR Gateway District expansion.

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The Origin and Evolution of the Basque Hotel

Dr. Michael E. Fischer discusses the origin and evolution of Basque hotels in Nevada.

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Model Dairy

Neal is joined by Neil Brooks, whose grandfather started Model Dairy in Reno more than a century ago.

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Behind the Arch

Joyce Cox discusses how Reno and Northern Nevada were advertised and promoted in the 1920s through the 1970s.

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The Pony Express

Neal is joined by historian, educator, and native Nevadan Sam Macaluso, who discusses the Pony Express. Established just over 160 years ago, the horseback delivery service ran from Missouri to California and included 29 relay stations across Nevada.

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The Blackrock Desert

Neal Cobb is joined by Jim Bonar, who discusses the history of the Black Rock Desert: who lived there, who were the first non-native settlers, what is happening there today?

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My Lives as a Chautauqua Performer

Frank Mullen Jr. discusses his life as a Chautauqua performer. Mullen has depicted historical figures including Henry VIII, Babe Ruth, Benedict Arnold, Edward R. Murrow, and Albert Einstein.

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Early Reno

Based on the Images of America book, Early Reno, this presentation makes use of Nevada Historical Society archived photos of Reno businesses, schools, churches, hospitals, and other significant elements of life in Reno starting in 1868. Presented by Linda Burke, who has been a docent at the Nevada Historical Society for 23 years. 

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Nevada's First Senator

Starting in 1859, William M. Stewart led the battle for Nevada statehood. Known as the Father of American Mining Law and author of the 15th Constitutional Amendment, Stewart brought international recognition to our young state, and his death was noted throughout the United States and in foreign nations. Presented by Nevada Historical Society docent Lorraine Petersen.

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Washoe County

Joyce Cox discusses early Washoe County history and images included in her book Washoe County, part of the Images of America series. Joyce is a docent of the Nevada Historical Society, a member of the Nevada Women’s History Project, writing and researching the lives of the First Ladies of Nevada, and she has served as treasurer, finance chair, and membership chair in the Nevada Library Association.

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Early Reno

Based on the Images of America book Early Reno, this presentation by Nevada Historical Society docent Pam Walker makes use of Nevada Historical Society archived photos of Reno businesses, schools, churches, hospitals and other significant elements of life in Reno starting in 1868.

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Gaming as a Microcosm of American History

Marc Ullom discusses the history of gaming and shows us some of the historical artifacts in the Nevada Historical Society archives.

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Mining: Then & Now

Historian and storyteller Sam Macaluso tells the story of mining in Nevada: from the deposits of obsidian, opalite, chalcedony, agate, jasper, and quartz that were utilized by the early inhabitants of Nevada to fashion arrowheads, spear points, and various tools, to gold mining in the 1850s, to the open-pit mining of today.

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Gambling: It's Older Than You Think

Marc Ullom discusses the background and history of gambling across cultures and continents. Ullom is currently a docent and the treasurer of the Docent Council at the Nevada Historical Society. He works on the American Gaming Archives at the Nevada Historical Society.

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Before Reno & Sparks

Early settlers in the Truckee Meadows knew nothing of Reno or Sparks. Instead, they lived in communities like Eastman Mill and Brown's Crossing -- villages whose names no longer appear on modern maps. This talk offers a quick look at some of these forgotten places.

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