Fall is truly here and now things get really busy. Here’s our contribution to your to-do list. Next Thursday, Oct. 11, is this month’s Lecture Series. Phillip Earl will be our speaker and his topic is “Ghosts, Ghoulies and Things that go Bump in the Night.” Phillip is the former curator of history for the Nevada Historical Society. He is a teacher and lecturer, consultant and author of history. He will touch on the psychology of people who believe in ghosts, the folklore of those who work in dangerous occupations, the spiritual beliefs of Native Americans, and more. The doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free to DCHS members, $3 per person for nonmembers. For a bit of Halloween humor we are all invited out to Corley Ranch on Oct. 14, for pig races. Charlotte, Wilbur, Pumpkin I and Bacon will be racing at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. There will be prizes for the one whose name is drawn from the winning pig’s bucket for adults and for 14 years and under. Furnishing the prizes are Full Belly Deli, Hamdogs, 88 Cups and More and the gift shops at our two local museums. DCHS’s Haunted Weekend is Oct.18 through 21. Venues include the Minden ghost walk on Thursday night. The Haunted Genoa Cemetery tour is Saturday night, with the Genoa town ghost walk on Sunday. Tickets for each event are $5 per person. In addition to the ghost walks, there are three investigations this year. Friday night, there will be a real ghost investigation at The New Rancho Grande Restaurant which is housed in the historic Ritchford Hotel. There will be a ghost hunting workshop on Saturday at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. Another real ghost investigation will be held Saturday night at the Courthouse Museum. Again, tickets for each of these events are only $5 per person. We have sponsors for this year’s Haunted Weekend. Historian Inn and Holiday Inn Express are offering Haunted Weekend room packages. The New Rancho Grande and Tombstone Tap & Grill are providing Haunted Weekend lunch & dinner specials. Contact DCHS at 782-2555 for more information and to buy your tickets. Many of these events will be sold out early, so contact us soon. The holidays are rushing toward us and time is running out to prepare for all that needs to be done. We’d like to offer the following options for you to consider before things get too hectic. First, the annual Holiday Gala is Dec. 1 this year. If you or your group or organization wants to enter a decorated tree into our Gallery of Trees, you will need to submit an application. Call 782-2555 or go on line at www.historicnevada.org to get your application. Tree decorating will take place Nov. 26 -30. If you like bowling and enjoyed our last Bowling for Funds event, we are scheduling another one for Jan. 13. Now is the time to start forming your teams and getting everyone together. Teams need to be four members and need to be registered by team name at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. 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. Contact Ellen Caywood by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.