Date: 10-23-14

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Downtown Reno Library Auditorium. 301 S. Center Street. Reno, NV (Washoe)

Description: This program will touch on the history and influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Northern Nevada’s history, including the Mormon Battalion, the Gold Rush, Mormon Station (Genoa), the State of Deseret vs. “the old settlers” boundary line dispute, the Orson Hyde curse, Elley Bowers’ Mormon connection, the Sparks railroad families from Ogden, Utah, local church history and contributions during the flu epidemic, WWI, the Depression, WWII as well as history and contributions of the church in the Boy Scout Movement in the area, leading up to the construction and dedication of the LDS temple in Northwest Reno.  Born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area, Anita Ross Hicks’ interest in Nevada history as well as her heritage and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inspired her to envision a book about the state’s origins and the church’s long standing history in Nevada. Anita holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Brigham Young University. While attending college Anita met and married her husband, Chad Hicks, and moved to Sparks after graduating. Together they have three children and 7 grandchildren creating generations of loyal Nevadans. Anita has recently retired after teaching hundreds of violin and piano students for 34 years, and is the author of a forthcoming book about the history of the LDS Church in Nevada. For more information or please visit or call 775-327-8300.


Phone Number: 775-327-8300