Upcoming Events & Professional Development

Graduate on top of the worldThe Nevada AHA recognizes that continuing education is crucial to keeping our skills sharp and our knowledge fresh. All members are encouraged to seek out opportunities for continued education. Check out these upcoming events (“newer” events will be listed at the top):



May 2, 2015
, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Nevada Architectural History Alliance Quarterly Meeting at the Reno Main Post Office
50 South Virginia Street, Reno

Reno Post Office

The Reno Main Post Office, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by noted architect Frederic Joseph DeLongchamps in 1932. The property has recently been rehabilitated and the tour provides a unique opportunity to see the results before the tenants move in. The event is free. Reservations are recommended by e-mailing Contact Us. This tour is being co-hosted by our friends the Western Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (WCAPT).

Whet your appetite with this 6 minute video on the rehabilitation of the Post Office: 50southvirginia.com/tour


March 7, 2015, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Nevada Architectural History Alliance Quarterly Meeting at the Silver City Schoolhouse
Silver City, Nevada

Ron Reno, Ph.D, RPA, will be presenting a “Walk & Talk” tour on the reconstruction of the 1867 Greek Revival historic Silver City Schoolhouse that burned to the ground 2004. After the talk, we will get a behind the scenes peek at the 11,000+ archaeological artifacts that were collected from the site, now stored at the Comstock History Center in Virginia City. The event is free and will be followed by a optional tour of archaeological artifacts at the Comstock History Center.


October 11, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00PM
Historic American Building Survey (HABS): Measured Drawing training at the 1875
Old Jail Museum, 10142 Jibboom Street, Truckee, California

Truckee Jail 1875All interested volunteers are encouraged to join this workshop on how to record historic buildings per the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Architectural & Engineering Documentation. The workshop will include completing architectural field measurements (elevations, plans, and details); and assessing and recording historic building materials.

The Truckee Jail was built in 1875 of local stone and brick and is one of only a handful of surviving 19th century jails in the west. This is a great opportunity to help record this important building and brush up on your HABS skills. No prior experience needed. (Yeah, we know its not in Nevada, but its pretty close!)

To RSVP or for more information, please contact coortinator, Corri Jimenez, at corri_jimenez@yahoo.com. For more information about the Old Jail Museum click HERE.


October 11, 2014
Paradise Palms Housing Community Tour
Las Vegas, Nevada

Paradise Palms LogoJoin Paradise Palms on a two-hour guided tour of the former celebrity homes found throughout southern Nevada’s premiere mid-century modern community. Tour guests will climb aboard an open-air double decker bus and will learn which homes belonged to both local and national celebrities as well as notable Las Vegans. Guests will see where Johnny Carson, Phyliss Diller, Sonny Liston, Juliet Prowse, Rip Taylor and many other actors, musicians, gaming industry executives and civic leaders once lived. The tour will also include a brief stop and interior tour of the home once owned by Foster Brooks, complete with original furnishings. Stay tuned to Paradise Palms’ website for further details as seating and availability are limited.


September 27, 2014, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Saint Augustine’s Cultural Center Dedication
Austin, Nevada

Catholic Church 1970Join us as we celebrate a ten year, million dollar restoration of the former St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and its new life as a cultural center for Nevada. It’s beautiful, functional, and ready for another 148 years of serving as a gathering place in central Nevada. Events will be held throughout the day including a workshop on the Hentry Kilgen Pipe organ, Silent auction, music provided by the Smilin’ Possum String Band, free box dinner, an organ recital, and a presentation on the history of St Augustine’s by Architectural Historian and (NvAHA member!) Mella Harmon (2:00-3:00 PM)


September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Nevada Architectural History Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Courtesy Jack Freer Forgottennevada.org
Courtesy Jack Freer

Dangberg Home and Ranch State Park, Minden, NV

We are excited to announce that NvAHA’s Second Quarterly Meeting will be held at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. Mark Jensen, Curator of the Dangberg Ranch, will host a brief “open house” followed by a tour lead by historical architect (and NvAHA member!), Pete Dube, who will show us the property from a preservation perspective. For directions to the ranch and more information about the ranch click HERE.


September 9, 2014, 12:00 PM
Neon Museum: A Mid-Century Case Study Webinar
Las Vegas, Nevada

Neon MuseumJoin Robert Chattel, AIA, as he moderates an exciting webinar about the trials and tribulations of saving the Mid-Century Modern La Concha Motel lobby from demolition, its move to a new site, and rehabilitation as the Visitor Center for Las Vegas’ highly successful Neon Museum

Free for members of the Nevada Architectural History Alliance, the California Preservation Foundation, Restore Oregon, and the Nevada Preservation Foundation.

$15 for non-members

Register for this Event!


Sparks Heritage MuseumJune 21, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Frederic DeLongchamp Sparks Interest in Architectural History: The Inaugural Meeting of the Nevada Architectural History Alliance
Sparks Museum & Cultural Center
814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks, NV

Mella Harmon will be conducting a talk and tour of the beautifully rehabilitated Sparks Museum & Cultural Center. Designed by Frederic J. DeLongchamp and built in 1931, the building is the oldest government building in Sparks. What a perfect setting for Nevada AHA’s inaugral meeting!


NAA LogoMay 9-11, 2014
Nevada Archaeological Association (NAA) Conference
Carson Valley Inn, Minden, NV
Non-members=$60, Members=$40, Students =$20

Papers will be presented on prehistoric & historic archaeology and rock art. A special session will be held on the new guidelines and forms for recording architectural resources on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife projects.



April 23, 2014, Lincoln Hwy Bridge Rail7:00 PM
The Lincoln Highway Through Nevada
Laxalt Theater in the Nelson Building
401 West Second Street, Reno, NV

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.


Minimal Traditional HouseApril 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
House Histories 101 Workshop
Nevada Historical Society
1650 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV

Are you curious about your neighborhood and the home you live in but you don’t have a clue where to start or search for information? House Histories 101 will present the, who, what, when, where and how in doing historical research. This will be a full-day workshop focusing on local resources available to you. You’ll learn from HRPS’ research and preservation professionals the techniques used to research a building’s history. We guarantee that you will be hooked on history after you attend House Histories 101!


Upper Yellow Jacket HoistApril 2, 2014, 5:00 PM
Yellow Jacket Mine Hoist & Ore Chute Restoration Celebration
Gold Hill Hotel, 1540 Main Street, Gold Hill, NV

The Comstock Foundation for History and Culture will host a reception to celebrate completing the restoration of the Upper Yellow Jacket hoist (c. 1938) and ore chute. The foundation will ask guests to participate in fundraising activities to benefit nine non-profit organizations within the Comstock Historic District. For more information, contact Ron James 775-443-7803.