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March 7, 2013
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Women in History reception March 23

March is definitely here. So far we have had wind, rain, snow, sunshine and now daylight savings time. What more can we say?

Thanks to those of you who submitted nominations for our upcoming Women in History reception. We have some wonderful nominees, and our reception on March 23 should be an outstanding affair. The reception will be held between 2 and 4 p.m. with light refreshments and a presentation of the women nominated this year. This is your opportunity to applaud those women who have contributed to our valley.

Our April lecture speaker is a most interesting person. Nicholas Clapp is a Borrego Springs, Calif.,-based writer, filmmaker, and amateur archaeologist. He has often been called the "real Indiana Jones," and he has received 70 film awards, and several films that he edited have received Academy Award nominations. He is a graduate of both Brown University and the University of Southern California, and he has worked for Disney, National Geographic, Columbia Pictures, PBS and the White House. He will be speaking about the Mojave Desert and the towns of Tonopah and Goldfield. His book "Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of the Last Frontier" will be available for purchase at the lecture. Doors open at 6:45 with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person; free to DCHS members.

Also on the calendar for April is our History Mystery Luncheon on April 20, beginning at 11 a.m. Luncheon guests will search for answers to an assortment of questions concerning various displays in the museum. Then they will enjoy visiting with friends in the main gallery where lunch will begin at 12:15 p.m. There will also be a Your Choice drawing and our special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Fischer. Glennis Hill and Caryl Anderson will perform a skit for our entertainment.

In addition, we will have a mystery (or close to that subject) book exchange. Bring a gently used book and exchange for one to take home to read. Tickets are $25 and proceeds support the Douglas County Historical Society. All tickets are reserved seating. Visit our website or for additional information, call 782-2555.

That leads us to May which means the seasonal opening of the Genoa Courthouse Museum on May 4. If any of our readers are interested in volunteering to work in the Genoa museum, we will be holding a volunteer training session in April. You can call 782-2555 and ask for Cindy for more details. Genoa is a really fun museum to work in; we would recommend your giving it a try.

And while we are speaking of the Genoa museum, did you know that you can reserve the upstairs courtroom for small weddings? Again, call 782-2555 and ask for the brochure that explains our services. While we cannot allow food for a reception in the courtroom, what a great period place for a wedding or renewal of vows.

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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