If you were there at Second Hand Rose last Saturday, you know what a great event it was. The luncheon was excellent and the clothes and accessories were terrific. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made food, sorted and priced the clothes and accessories, worked as cashiers and raffle ticket sellers, modeled the clothes and served. Thanks to those who donated raffle prizes. Thanks to Grace Bower for her beautiful table settings. Thanks especially to event chair Mary Jane Harding who worked tirelessly to coordinate everything. Thank you all; we had a wonderful time.
We are right in the middle of the third annual Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. Head on over to enjoy the poetry and the music and stop by the Courthouse Museum to see the new exhibits as well as revisit the old ones. If you time it right, you can catch our friend Ken Gardner who plays Melodrama Sheriff Willy Ketchum. Ken is a published cowboy poet who will be featured during the weekend.
Thursday, May 10, is the next Lecture Series. Bob Stewart will fill us in on the true story of the Grosh brothers who are thought to be the first discoverers of silver on the Comstock. Doors open at 6:45 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. DCHS Members attend free of charge; $3 per person for non-members.
Mother's Day is May 13 and we have a brunch right here in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center parking lot for all mothers and their families. From 8 until 11 a.m. the Carson Valley Lion's Club will be offering a pancake breakfast with the proceeds benefitting our historical society. What a great way to treat mom and help DCHS at the same time.
June is the start of our busy summer months. First, Chautauqua in the Park will be on Wednesday evening, May 13, at Mormon Station State Park. The festivities start around 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Bring a picnic supper for the whole family and enjoy our Young Chautauquans perform as historical characters. This event is free to the public.
The Pony Express Re-ride will be on June 14, this year. The re-ride is due to leave Woodfords at 9 a.m. and reach Genoa around 11 a.m. We'll have a better idea of the timing closer to the actual date. Plan to come out to watch the exchanging of the mochila and enjoy the fun. In honor of this event the Courthouse Museum will be open and will be showing short visual presentations covering the history of the Pony Express with no admission charge for the presentation.
That evening, June 14, is the June Lecture Series at the Gardnerville Museum. Will Durham will be doing a slide presentation called "Light Circus" illustrating vintage Nevada neon signs that he has rescued and collected over the years. As usual doors open at 6:45 with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for non-members.
All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our County and State governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at www.historicnevada.org.