The City of Reno has organized Reno 150, a year-long effort to celebrate Reno’s 150th birthday, or sesquicentennial. The City invites the community to attend the official Reno 150 Kickoff Event on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the City Plaza located at 30 North Virginia Street, next to City Hall. Reno was officially established on May 9, 1868.
The free family-friendly Reno 150 Kickoff Event, part of the State of Nevada’s Historic Preservation and Archaeology Awareness Month in May 2017, will include:
- Several speakers, including City of Reno elected officials, new Reno City Manager Sabra Newby and members of several local historical organizations and groups.
- A 149th birthday cake.
- A photo booth with the backdrop of a painting titled “Reno Twenty Years Ago” by C.B. McClellan. The 1882 painting depicts early Reno and includes Myron Lake and Chief Winnemucca standing together in front of the Lake House and a Truckee River toll bridge.
- First round of Reno People will be recognized. Nominate someone for the Reno People Sesquicentennial Project now through March 1, 2018.
- Entertainment by the Reno Municipal Band and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.
- Snapshots of Reno history, including the Reno Rodeo’s Chuck Wagon, a vehicle from Hot August Nights, a balloon from The Great Reno Balloon Race and showgirls wearing MGM Costumes.
- Mascots from Truckee Meadows Community College; University of Nevada, Reno; Reno Aces baseball; and Reno 1868 FC soccer.
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