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Fenwick, Cobb to sign ‘Reno Now and Then II’ at Sundance Books and Music



cover-fb-300x251_0-9238029-1318704What: A book signing event with local authors Jerry Fenwick and Neal Cobb. Their new book, Reno Now and Then II, uses historic photographs and contemporary re-photography of selected locations to illustrate the tension between growth and stability that characterizes Reno.

When/Where: Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Ave., Reno.

About Reno Now and Then II: Reno is one of the few towns in Nevada that was never a boom-and-bust mining camp. Sitting astride the Truckee River and the main road from the northern California mining camps, in its early days it offered travelers crude shelter and a bridge across the river. With the coming of the first transcontinental railroad in 1868, it was also situated along a major cross-country route. Positioned in this manner, Reno became a thriving distribution center for ranching and mining, by way of the river, roads and railroads. It retains some of that character today.

Through historic photos and contemporary re-photography of selected locations, the authors of this book hope to illustrate the tension between growth and stability that characterizes Reno. Over 15 years ago at a gathering of the Westerners Corral, Neal Cobb and Jerry Fenwick formed a partnership dedicated to presenting history in an interesting, informative and accurate manner. After presenting their Reno Now and Then slide presentations over the years, the decision was made to create a book with the same title to include content from their presentations as well as new photos and historical detail. It is the hope of the authors that long time Reno residents will remember fondly some of the scenes depicted, that newcomers will find a better understanding of the town they now call home and that those who have not yet visited Reno will gain some insight into the community through these images.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with the support of the Nightingale Family Foundation.

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