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City of Reno recognizes 15 Reno People Project honorees during Artown

Recognition is part of the year-long Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration

Post Date:07/31/2017 1:51 PM
As part of Reno’s year-long 150th birthday celebration, the City of Reno is announcing the next 15 recipients of the Reno People Project during Artown’s closing ceremony on July 31, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Ultimately, 150 people will be recognized by May 9, 2018.

“We are a proud community, and this is a chance to honor our heritage,” said At-Large Councilmember David Bobzien. “There are so many ways for everyone in Reno to get involved in our sesquicentennial celebration, and I encourage the community to submit their nominations for the Reno People Project.”

From the first Founder’s Day to the most recent graduating classes, there are extraordinary people, “Reno People,” who helped build this City, create its character and move it forward. The Reno People Project is a way to tell 150 stories about some of the people who make up our unique community history.

The next group of honorees are:
  • David Aiazzi
  • Kathie Bartlett
  • Dr. James E. Church
  • Karen Craig
  • Britt Curtis
  • Ron Daniels
  • John Henry Dressler
  • Dr. Gilbert Lenz and Elizabeth Lenz
  • Michael Mikel
  • Carol Quinn
  • Edwin S. Semenza
  • Johnson Sides
  • Turkey Stremmel
  • William C. Thornton
  • Carolyn Wray
Including these 15 Reno People, a total of 30 Reno People have been honored so far. Learn more about the honorees.

Anyone can submit a nomination for a past/present Reno citizen who has made a positive impact on the City of Reno’s history. Nominations must include a short (250-word maximum) biography of the nominee, their efforts and the reasons you’d like their story included. Including a photograph of the nominee is recommended. Visit for more information.

More About Reno 150

The City of Reno plans to host multiple Reno 150 events during the year-long sesquicentennial celebration, including:
  • September 23, 2017 - Fiesta Latin@ on City Plaza
  • November 11, 2017 - Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Reno
  • December 2017 - Annual Tree Lighting on City Plaza
  • May 9, 2018 - Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th birthday) at Greater Nevada Field
The City of Reno is encouraging businesses, community groups, nonprofits and other entities to host an official Reno 150 event of their own. To submit your Reno 150 event, visit Approved events will be published on Event organizers and residents are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #Reno150.
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