by Ellen Caywood

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February 1, 2013
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February lecture series features Fort Churchill

It's official. The melodrama is not only sold out, it is oversold. We have added as many seats as we legally can to the Thursday evening performance. Right now those melodrama tickets you purchased are worth their weight in gold.

For those who were unable to get tickets this year, tickets for the 2014 melodrama will go on sale Dec. 7. We'll remind you later in the year as that is also the date for our annual Holiday Gala. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Early melodrama ticket buyers do not get worms, but they do get great entertainment filled with fun and laughter.

The minute the melodrama is over, life at DCHS will return to normal. That will include the Feb.14, lecture series. Our speaker will be Kim Clawson. Kim has been a Park Ranger at Fort Churchill State Historic Park and Buckland Station since October 2011. She came from Utah State Parks where she worked as an interpretive ranger for nine years at Dead Horse Point State Park.

During the 1860s, Fort Churchill was Nevada's largest and most expensive military outpost. Kim will talk about the history of the Fort and Buckland Station and about what the park has to offer to visitors today. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the CV museum. Admission is $3 per person; free to DCHS members.

While we are on the subject of our lecture series, the March lecture will be held on March 14, at 7 p.m. Our speaker will be Patty Cafferata who will speak on women in early Nevada politics. You may remember that Patty's mother was Nevada Representative Barbara F. Vucanovich, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1997.

Also on March 23 DCHS will be honoring our own Women in History. Several times we have mentioned that we need your nominations for women to be honored. We have volunteers who will help you with the nomination process, but we need to hear from you first. March is National Women in History Month which traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. Please call 782-2555 and let us know you are willing to help us participate.

The month of April will feature a History Mystery Luncheon with special Guest Speaker, Dr. Michael Fischer. Tickets for this special luncheon will go on sale in early March and, like the Melodrama, you will be able to select your table and seat at the time of purchase. This will be an elegant affair, one to which you may wish to bring a guest or two, so get your tickets early.

The month of May will feature another of our Dining for Dollars fundraisers. This time we will be dining at Jethro's in the Ranchos, a great family restaurant and sports bar. A special flyer will be required and will be available at the CV Museum as well as on line at

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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