by Ellen Caywood

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June 14, 2012
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Flea market is Saturday

It looks like our great Nevada summer weather is here. And what a perfect week for it. Hopefully you were able to attend some of the events of this past week and are planning on coming out to the flea market tomorrow. Get there early to get the best selection of all the fun items for sale. Market starts at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. This is a free event.

Next weekend is our annual Historic Barn Tour. If you are new to our Valley, you may not know that most of the barns are still standing after more than 100-150 years of use and have withstood the rigors of Carson Valley's winds and weather particularly because of the durability of their timber-frame construction. Most barns were built from timbers hewn from the logs of the nearby local forests of the Sierra Nevada. The barn tour features some of Nevada's oldest and most historic timber frame barns and gives ticket holders an opportunity to step back in time and learn about the history of agriculture and ranching in Carson Valley. The tour is on June 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for $25, $20 for DCHS members.

Students in Carson Valley have been having the opportunity to see our history up close. In conjunction with teacher requests, Iris Blaisdell, volunteer education director and her assistant, Dianna Borges, have been visiting third and fourth grade classrooms with a Power Point visual program about the wagon train experience and how it fit into the history of the Carson Valley. Students also get to see artifacts, listen to diary entries from wagon train participants, and ask questions. A second program on the Pony Express is also available. Contact Iris at the Gardnerville Museum at 782-2555 to arrange for her to speak to your group.

The lecture series for July 12 will be Jim Bonar on "The Fremont Cannon, Where is it?" Jim will try to answer a few of these questions: Is the Nevada cannon the same cannon John Fremont dragged across the country in 1844? What happened to the cannon after Fremont left it in the Sierra that cold January? Hear the tale of the possible answers to these questions and how it affects our lives and beliefs today. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members and $3 for all others.

The Curse of the Hanging Tree is back and will be held July 13 and July 14 in Genoa with two performances each day at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. This walking re-enactment story is based on an actual 1897 historical event in the Town of Genoa. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call 782-2555 or visit the Gardnerville Museum for tickets.

Taste of the Towns is coming on Aug. 4. Start working on increasing that appetite.

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

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The Record Courier Updated Jun 14, 2012 06:19PM Published Jun 14, 2012 06:19PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.