President's Message Spring 2014

Over the past year, I have realized that HRPS is experiencing a growth spurt much like that of a teenager, and I have heard some of my predecessors make that same observation. In fact, the seeds of HRPS were sown when Patricia Ferraro Klos led the first HRPS Walking Tour to celebrate National History Week in May 1997 – almost 17 years ago.

HRPS is not the first nonprofit organization run by volunteers to fit this analogy. In her book, The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations, nonprofit consultant Judith Sharken Simon lays out these stages of growth that all nonprofits go through as they mature. According to Simon's definitions, HRPS is hovering overall between stage three – "Ground and Grow" – and stage four – "Produce and Sustain." Depending on the category, like marketing, financing, or services, HRPS may find itself at a different stage.

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Monthly Programs

  • Apr 23, 2014
  • May 28, 2014

More on the Lincoln Highway

The Lincoln Highway was 100 years old as of October 31 2013 and in celebration, historian Jim Bonar will look at the inspiration behind the creation of the first transcontinental highway and address the issues around why highway organizers chose the overland stage route through central Nevada as opposed to the more obvious Humboldt corridor roadway. The controversy behind the chosen highway route through Utah will also be explored. This is a must for those interested in Nevada road history.

  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Laxalt Auditorium, Warren Nelson Building, 401 West Second Street, Reno

The Virginia & Truckee Railroad: An 80-Year Reno Institution

Steven Drew presents an illustrated look at this longtime Nevada fixture, its people, operations, facilities, and legacy in Reno. Mr. Drew has been researching the V&T for more than 45 years. He has been a railroad consultant to the State of Nevada since 1974 and recently retired after 35 years as Chief Curator of the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. He is the author of the new 128-page book entitled "Nevada's Virginia & Truckee Railroad," released in March 2014 by Arcadia Publishing.

May is our Annual Membership Meeting.

  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: Laxalt Auditorium, Warren Nelson Building, 401 West Second Street, Reno