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Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS)


Art deco detail at the old downtown Post Office in Reno, Nevada, NV

Art deco detail at the old downtown Post Office in Reno, Nevada.

Photo © Stan White

About the Historic Reno Preservation Society:

The Historic Reno Preservation Society is, by the organization's own statement, "dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources in the Truckee Meadows through education, advocacy, and leadership." HRPS is operated by a board of directors and volunteers. The organization helps educate both local residents and visitors through walking tours, bus tours, and bike rides through Reno's historic districts and other areas of historic interest around the Truckee Meadows and northern Nevada.

Historic Reno Preservation Society Lecture Programs:

HRPS programs are free and open to the public. Programs are typically presented during the winter and spring months when it's too chilly for outdoor tours. Program presenters are people with expertise in their topic of historic interest. Some program subjects in the past have included "A Legal History of the Truckee River," "Governor's Mansion History and Restoration," and "Lincoln Highway through Nevada and Over the Sierra." Programs are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Mt. Rose Elementary School, 915 Lander St. in Reno.

Historic Reno Preservation Society Tours:

HRPS walking tours take in Reno's historic districts, along with stories about the people and events that made them noteworthy. Experienced volunteer guides, each specializing in particular tours, lead these trips through Reno's interesting and sometimes checkered past.

Walking tours last up to about two hours. The cost is $10 per person (collected on the day of the tour), free to HRPS members. Dogs are not allowed. Space is limited and reservations are required. There is an online registration form on the HRPS website. For more information, call (775) 747-4478.

Membership in the Historic Reno Preservation Society:

HRPS membership includes free admission to tours and the quarterly FootPrints newsletter.Here are the annual dues...

  • Student: $15.00
  • Individual: $25.00
  • Family: $40.00
  • Business Contribution: $100.00
  • Supporting: $100.00
  • HRPS Angel: $250.00
  • Lifetime: $500.00


Books About Reno History:


Early Reno - A book of historic Reno photographs compiled by the Nevada Historical Society Docent Council.

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Historic Photos of Reno - A coffee table-sized book on Reno with pictures and commentary covering Reno from around 1868 to the end of the 1970s. Author Donnelyn Curtis is a librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, Director of Research Collections & Services, and head of Special Collections.

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Nevada Ghost Towns & Mining Camps: Illustrated Atlas - Author Stanley W. Paher brings us an excellent book about exploring northern Nevada ghost towns (there is a companion book covering southern Nevada). Together with a little history of the sites, the book has maps and photos to help you find these historic sites.

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