by Ellen Caywood

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January 3, 2013
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Historical society welcomes new year

It's official; we are now in the year 2013. Two things are certain as we enter this new year. One is that time will fly just as fast as last year and the other is that your Douglas County Historical Society will continue to preserve our history while bringing you great fundraising events.

In order to officially close out 2012 we have the winners of the Gallery of Trees contest.

We want to give a special thanks to TOPS of Gardnerville, under the leadership of Marcia Kaster. They elected not to do a tree this year, so they passed the hat and made a very substantial financial donation to DCHS via Gallery of Trees. Thank you TOPS for your generosity.

Gallery of Trees Chairwoman Mary Jane Harding also wishes to thank her team, Laurie Hickey, Irene Marshall and Dennis Little. With their assistance and personal touches the 2012 Gallery of Trees was a beautiful display. Together with Mary Jane, we thank all the participants in the Gallery of Trees contest. Your beautiful trees made this Christmas a special one for the CV museum.

The Jan. 10 lecture will feature Dangberg Home Ranch curator, Mark Jensen, as speaker. Mark will tell us about the children of the Dangberg family and how they played. Three generations of children grew up at the Dangberg Home Ranch. Mark's presentation will discuss some of the toys and games at the ranch and the childhoods of the individuals who used them. Mark is a certified archivist and has an M.A. in American History from the University of Utah. Doors open at 6:45 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for non-members.

Sunday, Jan. 13, is your chance to go Bowling for Funds. Call 782-2555 to register your team of four and come to the Silver Strike Lanes between 2 and 5 p.m. to bowl in support of your local museums. Cost is only $15 per person for three games and shoe rental.

Is it too soon to mention Valentine's Day? Not if you are planning a wedding or a renewal of your vows. The Courthouse Museum in Genoa is now available for small weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies. Services are performed in the historic courtroom which has been authentically restored to its original 1865 appearance. Ceremonies may be arranged at any time of the year. This service is for ceremonies only. (Sorry, no receptions, food, etc., are permitted.) The courtroom accommodates up to 65 guests, with handicap access available if needed. Please see our website or call 782-2555 for more information.

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

Gallery of Trees winners

First - Crystal Angels

Second - Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba (The Basque Club)

Third - Daughters of the American Revolution

Fourth - Douglas County Democratic Women

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