NV Museum of Art Pays Tribute to Chinese Transcontinental Railroad Laborers

The 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad was on May 10 and the Nevada Museum of Art had a panel discussion and ceremony to commemorate it. Chinese laborers played a huge role in the construction and completion of the railroad and the celebration paid great tribute to them. Artists Zhi Lin and Hung Liu joined Ann Wolfe, deputy director of the Museum, in a discussion of their work (also on display at the museum).

Traditional Chinese instruments were played as the artists read the 800 known names of Chinese laborers who died building the railroad. On May 10, 1869 the driving of the “golden spike” into the final railroad tie was performed in a ceremony in Promontory, Utah, to celebrate the linking of San Francisco and New York. The event was immortalized in a photo that features railroad officials and selected employees, but no Chinese laborers.

In 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) was running behind schedule and desperate to catch up. They hired the first 50 Chinese laborers, who proved to be hardworking and reliable so they began hiring Chinese workers en masse. By 1866, almost 90% of CPRR’s workforce were Chinese and they worked around the clock, seven days a week for almost four years to finish the transcontinental railway. Chinese civic organizations retrieved the bodies of more than 1,200 deceased Chinese laborers, but there was never any record maintained of their death by the railroad.

“The completion of the railroad—which linked the United States from east to west—is often celebrated as the grand achievement of America’s Manifest Destiny and the 19th-century rallying cry for westward expansion of the United States,” wrote Ann Wolfe in a press release for the event. “Zhi Lin provides us with an important opportunity to connect with forgotten stories, and to broaden our knowledge of our region’s history.”

An exhibit of Lin’s work, “ZHI LIN: CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS OF THE SIERRA NEVADA,” is on display at the Nevada Museum of Art through November 10, 2019. Join me for this fantastic exhibit about Nevada and U.S. History. We must never forget the hard workers who gave their everything to build these railroads.

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HRPS Walking Tours are Back!

The Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) is such a great resource of Nevada history. This area that we live in is such an interesting place and the more I learn, the less I feel that I know! Reno will always surprise you with its rich and interesting history. As a part of the Gold Rush and the settlement of the West, Reno is so much more than just an old gambling town.

Reno originally began as the preferred crossing point of the Truckee River as prospectors made their way back from the California Gold Rush. When the Comstock Lode was discovered, mining and agriculture began to grow in the area. Reno was officially established the same year as the transcontinental railroad reached the town in 1868.

From May to September, HRPS offers walking tours where you will learn about decades of history in just a couple of short hours. The next three walking tours are just around the corner, be sure not to miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn more about Nevada History!

Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.   |  WEST OF WELLS — Discover an often overlooked treasure trove of fascinating Reno history. Join us as we walk the neighborhood West of Wells Avenue, along the former path of the V&T railroad. Experience unusual architecture unique to this neighborhood and learn the history of the colorful characters who gave birth to Reno’s neighborhood on the other side of the tracks. Meet outside Silver Peak at 140 Wonder Street. Tour guide: Barrie Lynn.

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 p.m.  |  TRUCKEE RIVER WALK — A relaxing stroll along the Truckee River from the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center to the Lear Theater reveals eclectic architecture grounded by rich political histories and spiced with colorful anecdotes. Meet in front at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center, 925 Riverside Drive. Tour guide: Joan Collins.

Saturday, June 1, 9:00a.m.  |  PARSONS AND MILLS ARCHITECTURE – Stroll one of Reno’s most unique neighborhoods to view some designs of Reno architects Edward Parsons and Russell Mills, who sometimes collaborated on designs. Hear about the families who first lived in these homes. Meet at the corner of Marsh Avenue and LaRue. Tour guides: ZoAnn Campana and Teri Barti.

Click here for more walking tours from HRPS!

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100 Year Anniversary of Churchill County

On March 12, I went to the 100 Year Anniversary of Churchill County lecture and the corresponding event on March 16. The curator of the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum at Mackey School of Earth Sciences gave the talk and it was EXCELLENT. Here’s an excerpt from the Galena Creek Newsletter:

“In 1859, Virginia City was a new mining camp on the slopes of Mount Davidson. By 1875, Virginia City had grown into a metropolitan, industrialized city with several mines, over 40 mills, and close to 30,000 residents. In this talk, we will discuss how Virginia City made this meteoritic rise and what it would have been like to work in these mines over 2,500 feet underground 100 years before federal mine safety regulations.”

The history and stories surrounding Virginia City are unique, rich and colorful – the town itself stands as a living, breathing example of the Pioneer spirit of the West and America’s fortitude and desire for success. Anyone can pay a visit to the historic town and walk with these past residents on the many walking and site tours available.

The 19th-century mining bonanza that turned Virginia City into the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco, was the result of the Comstock Lode. A rich deposit of silver ore discovered by Henry Comstock, part-owner of the property on which it was discovered, in June 1859. Prospectors from all over the world put their millions right back into the town of Virginia City. That silver money built the mansions, hospitals, churches, opera houses and schools that you can still find there today!

Discover more historic events like this:
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Historic Reno Preservation Society
Galena Creek Visitor Center

HRSP Presents: ReTRAC Railroad Trench Project Build

In the early 2000s, the City of Reno decided that they needed to dig a trench to lower the railroad tracks running through downtown.

They hired a team of archaeologists associated with the ReTRAC (Reno Transportation Rail Access Corridor) to oversee the project. Not only did they have to design the trench, but they were presented with a unique opportunity: Explore evidence of thousands of years of human history.

The trench is only 2 miles long, 54-feet wide and 30-feet deep at its lowest point. Its location creates a cross-section through the oldest part of the city and that means that investigators were able to access eighty-three archaeological sites, two prehistoric and eighty-one historical. They found that humans have been continuously inhabiting the banks of the Truckee River for over 5,000 years!

Investigators took this time to learn how the earliest inhabitants of our great city responded to changing seasons and long-term climate change. They also studied the creation of Reno’s early and modern infrastructure.

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This lecture was presented by the Historic Reno Preservation Society, of which I am a long-time member and volunteer. HRPS is located on the University of Nevada campus and is dedicated to preserving and promoting historic resources to the Truckee Meadows through advocacy, education and leadership. Join me at their next event!

Discover more historic events like this:
Nevada Historical Society
Historic Reno Preservation Society
Galena Creek Visitor Center

University of Nevada Arts Building Gets a Makeover

Last month was the official opening of the highly anticipated University of Nevada, Reno Church Fine Arts Building. This building is a pillar on campus as an epicenter for the arts and the grand opening went off without a hitch. Now, the building is open to the public for all to explore.

I went to visit this building to see for myself and I can attest that it is both stunning and functional! Not only is there beautiful new art on display at the Lilley Museum inside, but the building is incredibly important to the culture of students at UNR. You can also attend concerts, or just sit back and admire the modern architecture.

The building has been under construction since 2016 and students have been excitedly awaiting the re-opening. A large number of students attended, and some were performing in the new spaces designed for optimum acoustics. The buzz around the building is exciting and reflective our community’s emphasis on arts and culture.

Too often, arts education isn’t valued as much as other areas of study. The University doesn’t want that to happen and Northern Nevada is well-know in the state for its advanced art programs and museums. We can now add this revamped building to the long list of Reno’s accomplishments.

Any art-related activity you could imagine will have its home here at the University. The new Arts Building features a 287-seat recital hall, a new art museum, fabrication lab, electroacoustic lab, soundproof rehearsal spaces, music practice rooms, faculty offices, and a recording studio.

New talents and art will be showcased regularly, so make sure you make a trip to see it all!

Gorgeous South Reno Property with Views, Views, Views

This beautiful 4,100-sqft. home sits on 0.7 acres just off of Thomas Creek Road in South Reno. With 5-bedrooms, 4-bathrooms and a soaring great room, this home is perfect both for families and entertaining guests. Some of the unique design elements include beautifully detailed wooden floors throughout the home, a gorgeous kitchen with new marble and black walnut counter tops and a family room fireplace with custom paneling and marble surround. The kitchen also has a 6-burner range, stainless apron-front sink and appliances.

Enter the privately situated master bedroom and bath to discover an expansive walk-in closet, two-person travertine spa shower and a huge tub to soak in. The other four bedrooms are perfect for living, or you can use them as an office, a gym – or whatever your heart desires!

The outdoor patio has a full outdoor kitchen, var and beautiful barn-beam pergola for dining where you can see beautiful views of Mount Rose. There’s nothing better than enjoying a warm, Reno night with dinner under the stars. The large backyard has a six-foot fence making it completely private and also features a hot tub, field stone-terraced gardens and a new, in-ground trampoline.

You can park three cars in the garage and there’s even additional storage for summer toys. Off-street RV parking is available as a bonus. For our families, this home is zoned for Hunsberger Elementary, Pine Middle School and Galena High School.

This home is incredible! Don’t believe me? Watch the virtual tour for yourself!

Recap and Photos from Reno’s TEDxUniversityofNevada

Have you ever heard of a TED talk?

They’re influential videos from expert speakers on a range of topics from business and science to technology and creativity. Some of the organizations most notable talks come from legacies like Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education in the arts to government, and Simon Sinek, the leadership guru who famously shared “Why Leaders Eat Last”.

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TEDxUniversityofNevada Big Takeaways

TED talk events are curated around the globe, and I was lucky enough to catch the annual TED talk event right here in our biggest little city this past weekend! TEDxUniversityofNevada featured incredible speakers including gold medal Olympic skier (and Reno local) David Wise and powerhouse female comedian Anjelah Johnson. The “x” in TEDx signifies that the event is locally organized – which means that this dynamite gathering is put on completely by volunteers! A small team of local folks ranging from University students and professors to small business owners and business professionals has brought the conference to life every year since 2013.

This year’s talks covered every topic under the sun and they were highlighted by three unforgettable musical performances. Michelle Rebaleati shared her use of virtual reality to help someone with advanced cystic fibrosis ski the same mountain he had 30 years earlier. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic questioned why our society promotes incompetent leaders. Mena Spodobalski shared the journey of 48 women who beat breast cancer and competed in a fitness competition after six months of grueling training. The sister-duo of Larkin Poe rocked the stage with their rendition of Ram Jam’s “Black Betty”.

Anjelah Johnson and David Wise wrapped up the 18 speakers and 3 performers. I don’t want to spoil what they shared, but all I can say is you won’t want to miss watching them. After the show, all of the presenters hung out with the 2,000 guests for the afterparty, taking pictures and chatting to share ideas. Just another of the many reasons I love this city of Reno!

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Reno’s Coveted ‘Sugar Loves Chocolate’ Now Offers Classes at TMCC!

If you’re craving something decadent, be sure to stop by Sugar Love Chocolates, a local chocolate shop in Reno that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

I’ve personally been buying chocolates from Sugar Loves Chocolate for four years. I offer the tasty treats to potential clients in their welcome package when they join me for a Tour of Reno. Sugar Loves Chocolate serves excellent hand crafted chocolates! You should definitely check them out. They’re located in “The (very cool) Basement” below West Elm Street, in the old US Post Office by the river.

If you’re REALLY into chocolates, you’ll be excited to know that they’re now offering classes at TMCC! Read on to learn about all the details.

Announcing New Chocolate Connoisseur Classes at TMCC

Sugar Loves Chocolate owner Krysta Bea Jackson has expanded their storefront location and is now teaching a class at TMCC, Northern Nevada’s community college, about creating chocolates!  Whether you’re an amateur, or a serious chocolate snob – get ready to try out your hand at creating one of the most popular and universally adored flavors in the world. (I almost said food groups — that should be a thing, right?)

The next Sugar Loves Chocolate  class is at TMCC on April 10th, 2019 from 6-9pm.

You’ll get to make two recipes in the class and take home roughly 1.5-2.5 pounds of truffles that you made! Sounds amazing.

The owner, Krista, will be teaching how to make a traditional French rolled truffle. This basic truffle is the starting point for most bonbon recipes used today. She’ll also be bringing assorted extra treats for you to create your own truffle recipe.

The class is filling up quickly so if you’re interested – sign up today!

Possible Answer to Affordable Housing?

The Reno real estate market has been booming! Although prices have dropped every so slightly, the need for affordable housing still remains a hot topic.

The good news? Recently, The Washoe Board of County Commissioners sparked a discussion about a trust fund that would create more affordable housing options in our region. Thankfully, commissioners have already approved the fund and are ready to move forward. The concept of the trust fund was initiated by the nonprofit organization called ACTIONN, where their efforts extend throughout the Northern Nevada region.

Perhaps what swayed commissioners the most were the stories shared by the many supporters who showed up at the chambers during the discussion. From working professionals to retirees, people shared about their dire living conditions, resulting in eviction and even homelessness due to rent increases.

“It’s offensive to me that we live in the greatest country in the world and yet we have people who have to give up their children because they can’t afford a roof over their head.” said Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler.

It’s still unclear how the fund will be acquiesced, but talk about government service taxes came into play. There’s been over 8 months of research regarding this topic, and there’s definitely hope on the horizon for more affordable housing. Stay tuned for more updates when they come!

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