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September 20, 2012
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Thanks for helping make the home tour a success

What a delight the Historic Minden Home Tour was. It was a huge success and we hope everyone who attended enjoyed it as much as we did. The homes were beautiful and the weather was perfect. What a treat to see the inside of those lovely houses.

We'd like to thank the home owners for generously opening up their homes to benefit our museums. We'd like to thank the volunteers who helped out at each home. And we particularly want to thank Marlena Hellwinkel and Grace Bower for all their work in arranging for the tour to take place. Last but not least we want to thank all who came out to participate in the tour. Thank you all for your help in supporting DCHS's efforts to preserve our history.

So, what's next? We have all kinds of things coming up. Oct. 11 will be the next in our Historic Lecture Series. So far the topic has not been announced, but you can be sure it will be a good one. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person; DCHS members are admitted for free.

Sunday, Oct.14, are those celebrated pig races out at Corley Ranch. The races will be held at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. You can bet on one of four pigs: Pumpkin 1, Bacon, Charlotte or Wilbur. Guests will purchase $1 "I hope you win" slips to place in the bucket of their favorite pig. When the race is over, tickets will be drawn from 14 years and under bucket and from the adult bucket of the winning pig. Each winner will receive a gift certificate. (We're betting on Bacon because we think he will be running for his life.)

Haunted Weekend follows from Oct. 18 through Oct. 21. This year in addition to the haunted walks through historic parts of town, there will be workshops and lectures conducted by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters. Tickets for each event are only $5 per person and there are six separate events to attend. There are three ghost walks to attend, one in Minden, one at the Genoa Cemetery and one in the town of Genoa.

The other events include a real ghost investigation at Rancho Grande Restaurant in Gardnerville, the former Historic Richford Hotel, a ghost hunting workshop at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa and a real ghost investigation at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. For additional information regarding Haunted Weekend call 782-2555. Tickets for some of these events may sell out early.

We know we're barely into fall, but spring will be here before we know it and DCHS is looking for women to honor at their Women in History celebration on March 23, 2013. If you know of someone you think has made a contribution to life in Douglas County, go to our web site or come in to the Douglas County Historical Society office and pick up an application. We are honoring six women so it is advantageous to get your application in as soon as possible. For more information, call 782-2555.

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 Sep 20, 2012 04:41PM Published Sep 20, 2012 04:39PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.