If there's one place where history takes on a life of its own in Carson Valley, it's Genoa and Saturday will be no exception.
The eighth Nevada Living History Day at Mormon Station State Historic Park will feature four speakers, and members of the Truckee Meadows and Sierra Nevada Mormon Pioneers.
Speakers will make their presentations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each presentation is 30-45 minutes long.
The speaker schedule is:
• 10 a.m. - Cindy Southerland, Cemeteries of Carson City and Carson Valley
• 11:30 a.m. - Doris Dwyer, Chautauqua presentation of Margaret Breen (Donner Party Survivor)
• 1 p.m. - Bob Stewart, Friends of Mark Twain
• 2:30 p.m. - Fred Horlacher, The Stevens-Townsend-Murphy Party, the first wagon train into California in 1844.
The pioneeers demonstrating rope making, Dutch-oven cooking, musket firing, toy and tool making.
Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs, but leave pets at home. Two of the speakers are sponsored by the Nevada Humanities Committee and their presentations are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This event is free. Picnicking in the park is also free.
There is a $1 charge to tour the museum. Children 12 and under are free.
Mormon Station State Historic Park is the site of Nevada's first permanent non-Indian settlement.
The park is located along the California Emigrant Trail in Genoa about 12 miles west of Gardnerville on Jacks Valley Road.
For more information, contact the park at 782-2590.