Robert Wernick’s Reno

Many who have searched the Web for aspects of Reno history have encountered an entertaining essay by journalist Robert Wernick entitled “Reno: Sin City Revisited,” a light-hearted “outsider” remembrance of Reno during the Divorce Era, which begins: “In those days there were no Interstates, and you could stop by the side of the road almost anywhere to …

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Reno’s Noted Bandleader/Accordionists, Tony Pecetti and Louie Rosasco

While working on our latest Special Collections exhibit, I discovered some interesting stories and facts relating to Reno bands and dance halls in the first half of the twentieth century. But, as usual, some of the research led to more questions, still unanswered. The exhibit is the third and last of a series commemorating 150 …

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Sparks Theatre

It is a common misconception that photographs represent an unbiased record of the truth. On the contrary, images are constructed, staged to tell a particular story or to make a particular point. Even the most obvious landscape involves a set of decisions—including angle, aperture, and shutter speed—which affect the finished image and guide the viewer’s …

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The very private life of Eva Adams

Eva Adams (1908-1991) was certainly the most accomplished and well-known Nevada woman of her time, but in some ways she remains a woman of mystery. Her autobiographical sketch, “From Wonder to Washington,” contrasts her humble Nevada birthplace with her destiny as Senator Pat McCarran’s administrative assistant and her subsequent 6-year appointment as the Director of …

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The Secret Life of Lake Tahoe

Cave Rock, the majestic guardian of Lake Tahoe, presides with regal silence over a shadowy and mysterious realm, harboring a hidden world full of secret beings who live in and around the lake. Hordes of people flock to Tahoe’s shores, single-mindedly absorbed in their pursuit of the perfect vacation, so busy enjoying the many outdoor …

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What’s My Book Worth?

A lot of folks still like books.  You know, the kind with covers and pagination inside, some with great illustrations accompanying the text, and pages you can physically turn.  These folks have their own personal libraries for subjects they are interested in and have collected over the years.  Others have books which come to them …

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Operation Haylift

The winter of 1948-1949 was the worst in the Western United States since 1889. In Northern Nevada, sheep in the hundreds of thousands and cattle in the tens of thousands were stranded in snowdrifts without feed on their winter ranges. Ranch houses were snowed in, as well. The governor declared a state of emergency and Federal aid …

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