Photo Credit: 
Holly Hutchings
Digital Neon Preservation
Reno, NV

University of Nevada professor Dr. Katherine Hepworth has assembled a team in order to create a digital library of Reno's historical neon signs from the past and present. The database would include records and documents from several decades' worth of signs that have been taken down. The team is also working quickly to take photos and write articles about the signs that are still standing. Hepworth, who is a graphic designer and historian, fell in love with neon when she came to town five years ago. The website Hepworth and her team are working on is titled The Reno Type Archive, a digital database organized by specific typefaces used in Reno’s rich sign history.

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