May and June Walking Tours Canceled

Besides following HRPS mission to provide historic information, HRPS is committed to offering our members and friends a safe environment with our Walking Tours, Programs and Home Tour. The advent of COVID-19, unexpected and frightening, has changed the way we live our lives. In one week, we went from being active, being social, shopping, eating out and seeing people, from working and volunteering to staying home. No attending movies, no libraries, no museums. It’s something of a shock to the system. How do we as individuals cope with this “new now”?

What does the spread of this virus mean for HRPS Programs, Walking Tours and Home Tour? We are canceling our May and June 2020 Walking Tours. We are delaying a decision about the June Walking Tours until our May 4, 2020 Board meeting. For our July and August Walking Tours and the Harvest of Homes Tour regularly held in the fall, we are adopting a wait-and-see position. We will let you know the status of the walks and home tour as soon as we can determine if our attendees can be safe.

We will continue to produce FootPrints, although Spring FootPrints will arrive about May 15 instead of April 15, and keep you apprised of issues impacting our city as well as sharing our rich local history.

We will send out eblasts to keep you up to date. If you have not received eblasts over the last year, email boa[email protected] to be sure we have your correct email. We will also post announcements here on our website.

Webmaster Rosie Cevasco has been engaged in the monumental task of digitizing non-digitized issues of FootPrints and making them available on this site. All issues going back to Volume 1, Number 1 are now included in our archive. Click on the FootPrints archive link above and catch up on issues you may have missed. Want to know a little more about the 1918 Pandemic? Take a look at Kim Henrick’s excellent article from the Winter 2010 FootPrints issue.

A new addition to HRPS is the Instagram account @HistoricRenoNevada that is the creation of new Board member Brett Banks. She has now accumulated over 1,750 photos that you will relish. Try this one out (you will need an Instagram account).

If you haven’t taken a look at Reno Historical (RH) yet, do take the time to explore the stories and virtual tours at renohistorical.org. HRPS is ever so pleased that RH is now a member of the HRPS family.

We think these online offerings would be a great way to pass your social-distancing time!

In the meantime, depending on whether it is safe to resume our regular programs, walks and home tour, we’ll be looking at other ways we can reach you during these difficult times — like a program or walking tour using Zoom, where you watch from home on your computer.

We at HRPS want you to know that we are thinking of you, our loyal friends and supporters, in these difficult times. We hope you are staying in and staying safe. For those of you who must go out, please take care and try to limit your exposure to others.

Please stay safe,
Carol Coleman, President
Historic Reno Preservation Society

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