State History Preservation Month celebrated in Lyon & Washoe Counties

Lyon & Washoe County Events in May celebrate

Historic Preservation and Archaeology

LYON COUNTY

  • The Dayton Schoolhouse Museum: The Making of Misfits

The museum will be open every day in May. See the latest exhibit about the Making of the Misfits in Dayton. The 1961 American drama film, written by Arthur Miller, stared Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, as they spend time in the western Nevada desert in the 1960s.

 Where: 135 Shady Lane, Dayton

When:  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays

              10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sundays

More information: 775-246-6316 and 775-246-3256

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

  • “Life at the Union Hotel: The Memoirs of Iva Gruber”

Katie and Glenn Hasbrouck present “Life at the Union Hotel: The Memoirs of Iva Gruber.” Iva lived at the Union Hotel in the 19th Century.  This lecture is part of the Historical Society of Dayton Valley’s annual May Lecture series that is underway to recognize Nevada Historic Preservation month.

Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Dayton

When: May 2, at 7:30 p.m. ­­- a meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments

More information:  Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, l10ant38@gmail.com

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

  • “The Nevada Women’s Project” Patti Bernard and Mona Reno

Founded in 1994, the group’s mission is “to provide visibility and support for the gathering and dissemination of history about the roles and contributions of Nevada women of every race, class, and ethnic background.”

Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Dayton

When: May 9 at 7:30 p.m. ­­- a meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments

More information: Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, l10ant38@gmail.com

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

  • “Dayton: Nevada’s First Chinatown” by Laura Tennant

Chinese workers were hired and brought to Dayton from San Francisco in 1857 to dig a four-mile water ditch from the Carson River to the prospectors at the mouth of Gold Canyon. They built a community and Dayton was known as Chinatown in 1859. Come learn about this important period in Dayton’s history.

Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Dayton

When: May 16 at 7:30 p.m. ­­- a meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments

More information: Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, l10ant38@gmail.com

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

  • “The Carson & Colorado Railroad” by Dr. Linda Clements

 “Dayton’s Place in the Carson & Colorado Railroad history.”  The C&C RR served Dayton and spurred its economy from 1881 to 1934.  What an era!

Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Dayton

When: May 23 at 7:30 p.m. ­­- a meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments

More information:  Laura Tennant, (775) 246-3256, l10ant38@gmail.com

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

  • “”Exploring the Dayton Cemetery” by Karen Howe.

Fascinating: Some facts, its history and an overview of the souls that lie within its bounds.  Karen has spent three years meticulously researching who is buried at the 1861 Dayton Cemetery and documented the people, their history and ancestors.

Where: Dayton Valley Community Center, 170 Pike Street, Dayton

When: May 30 at 7:30 p.m. ­­–– a meet and greet begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments

More information: Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256, l10ant38@gmail.com

Cost/Admission: Free.

Sponsor: Historical Society of Dayton Valley

WASHOE COUNTY

  • Lake Mansion Lives! Guided Tours

See, touch, and hear about Reno’s Lake Mansion’s history! Built in 1877, this stately building is closely tied to the City of Reno’s life story. Formerly located at the corner of S. Virginia and California Ave., the mansion was purchased by Myron C. Lake, the founder of Reno, in 1879.  After two moves, the mansion is an example of successful adaptive re-use.  Now owned and operated by the non-profit organization, Arts for All Nevada, the mansion is used for art classes/camps, art exhibits, art festivals, and fundraisers. The facility is also available for the public to rent for special events and meetings. There are several family pieces on exhibit and period furnishings throughout the main floor.

Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave., Reno

When: May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, (doors open at 11:45 am), tours start at noon

More information: Arts for All Staff, 775-826-6100, 2#, info@artsforallnevada.org

Link: www.artsforallnevada.org

Cost/Admission: Free, although donations are always appreciated to help preserve and maintain the mansion.

  • Reno’s 150th Birthday at the Lake Mansion

It’s Reno’s 150th birthday at “Reno’s First Address,” the Lake Mansion!  Reno was founded by Myron C. Lake who owned the historic Lake Mansion built in 1877. The mansion is now owned and operated by the non-profit organization, Arts for All Nevada.  The mansion has been moved twice (see a photo exhibit from both moves) and is now located at 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave and Flint St. The main floor is furnished with several family pieces and donated period furnishings. Enjoy birthday cake and lemonade – birthday candles will be lit at High Noon! Festivities include Reno 150 themed art stations for all ages, free postcards of a painting depicting Lake’s Crossing in 1862,  a free book for each child, a Myron Lake impersonator and Patty Cafferata, historian and author will be available to answer questions and to sign her many historical building books including Lake Mansion: Home to Reno’s Founding Families. A representative from the Historic Reno Preservation Society will be on hand with information about historic walking tours in May and June.

Where: Lake Mansion, 250 Court St. at Arlington Ave., Reno

When: May 9, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Guided tours at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

More information: Arts for All Staff, 775-826-6100, 2#, info@artsforallnevada.org

Link: https://www.artsforallnevada.org

Cost/Admission: Free, although donations are always appreciated to help preserve and maintain the mansion.

Sponsor: Arts for All Nevada with support from the Union Pacific Foundation.

  • Historical Presentation: The Truckee River in Sparks

The Sparks Heritage Museum in conjunction with One Truckee River will be offering a free historical presentation about the Truckee River in Sparks.  Join us for an interesting look into how the river has impacted the development and history of Sparks. Topics include the use of the river by the Washoe and Northern Paiute peoples, Stone and Gates crossing, the town of Glendale, the historic floods of 1958 and 1997, and much more. The presentation will be led by Sparks Heritage Museum Board of Trustee Members, Dick Dreiling and Scott Carey.

Where: Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Avenue. Sparks, NV 89531

When: May 26 at 1:00 p.m.

More information: Tandy Gach, 775-355-1144, info@sparksmuseum.org

Link: www.sparksmuseum.org

Cost/Admission: Free

Sponsor: Sparks Heritage Museum

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The Nevada State Historic Preservation Office encourages the preservation of Nevada’s historic and prehistoric heritage through federal and state programs.  It provides federal grants from the National Park Service to fund historic preservation activities in Nevada.  The Office assists federal and state agencies, local governments, private non-profit organizations, and private citizens to preserve buildings and archaeological sites.


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