Announcements of and information about Chapter events and activities can be found here.

Typical events are:

  • Membership meetings - Chapter meetings occur each quarter and are announced weeks in advance.

  • Tours - The Chapter sponsors automobile tours of the Lincoln Highway at least annually.

  • Presentations - Often in conjunction with other historical and community organizations, topics can vary but focused primarily on state, local, transportation and roadway history.

  • Member activities and projects  -  Activities include those that promote, increase public awareness and benefit local communities, the Nevada Chapter and the National Lincoln Highway Association.

Temporarily Cancelled
Crossing the Sierras with TC Wohlbruck:  Saturday, June 6, 2020

Due to concerns for the coronavirus pandemic, this presentation has been cancelled.  Please check back for a rescheduled date in the near future. 


Trey Pilsenberger, Vice President of the California Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, will present "Crossing the Sierras with TC Wohlbruck and his Canteen Service Stations" at 2:00 pm, Sparks Heritage Museum, 814 Victorian Avenue, Sparks,  (775) 355-1144.

TC. Wohlbrück was a photographer who arrived in California in 1912 from Massachusetts after getting a divorce in Reno.  While traveling around the state in his automobile taking school class photos, he realized that cars needed regular oil and water top offs as well as gasoline.  Being an entrepreneur, he addressed the problem by building what he called a “Lookout” and “Canteen Service Station” at Emigrant Gap along the Lincoln Highway’s northern California route over Donner Summit. Wohlbrück would go on to build other Canteens.  Using Wohlbrück’s wonderful real photograph postcards of the Sierra, this program will tell the story about this enterprising photographer.


Trey Pitsenberger is a horticulturist at The Golden Gecko Garden Center, his nursery in Garden Valley just outside Placerville, California. Trey and his wife Monica have a keen interest in history and started their YouTube channel, "Adventures in California History" to share that interest. Trey is the current Vice-President of the California chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association, as well as Field Secretary for signage in California. 

History of Camping Presentation:  Saturday, March 7, 2020

Kimberly Roberts from UNR’s Special Collections department, will look at the rise of recreational camping in the Far West, beginning with its origins in non-recreational life patterns, including migration, military, and exploration.  She will trace the rise of the automobile culture and the construction of roads and campgrounds and will discuss the growth of camping equipment, now a huge industry. The presentation will also take a look at camping and recreational clubs.


Kimberly Roberts grew up all over the inter-mountain west, mainly in Colorado. She studied literature and history at Colorado State and history of photography, science, environment and landscape at UNR. Ms. Roberts has worked at many museums and archives, including being photograph curator at the UNR library’s Special Collections department. She wrote her master’s thesis on Sierra Club photography and this talk’s research is an off-shoot of that.

2:00 pm at the Sparks Museum & Cultural Center • 814 Victorian Ave. • Sparks, NV 89431 • (775) 355-1144

Rails to Neon: Pop Art Photography  -  Saturday, April 4, 2020

A one day photographic workshop given by Chapter member, Mark Vollmer. --- Take fascinating images of our area’s rich heritage as seen through its pop art. In this combination lecture-field shoot class, explore how to capture rich colors, contrast cool and warm hues, incorporate architectural lines and patterns, strategically place converging lines and use different angles of light to illuminate your subject. Follow the Lincoln Highway, Reno’s once bustling corridor, to photograph unique art including 1940s neon signs, metal sculptures and murals. In addition, learn how to freeze eras in time by practicing shooting differing perspectives of the railroad, casinos’ bright lights and an old barn.  Lecture: April 4, 2020 Saturday 10 am - 1 pm.  Followed by the Field Shoot:  4 - 8 pm. TMCC Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road, Reno, Room 320.  $89 fee.  Here’s the information link:

About Us

Love to explore the great Nevada outdoors?  Excited about discovering old trailways and byways?  Do once vibrant but now abandoned pioneer settlements stimulate your interest?   Then you will be in great company with folks like us with much love for transportation, local and state history. 


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