by Ellen Caywood

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May 8, 2014
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Mother's Day pancake breakfast at the museum

May is officially here and the Genoa Courthouse Museum is now open. Last weekend’s Cowboy Festival was a success despite the windy conditions. We Nevadans are a hardy lot, withstanding gale force winds in pursuit of our Western history.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Treat your family and friends to a great Mother’s Day pancake breakfast hosted by the Carson Valley Lions Club at the Carson Valley museum’s parking lot in Gardnerville. Breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $6 per person and proceeds benefit the Douglas County Historical Society. Entertainment will be furnished by Dan the Man who will be singing and playing his guitar.

The museum in Gardnerville is pleased to announce the opening of a new Hans Meyer-Kassel art exhibit on May 18. Those who have not lived here long may not know that our historical society is the proud owner of many original paintings and drawings by Meyer-Kassel, a classically trained artist from Germany, who arrived in Nevada in 1937. From his studios in Reno, Carson City and finally, Genoa, he produced a steady stream of landscapes, still-lives and nautical scenes. Prior to coming to Nevada in 1936, Meyer-Kassel had enjoyed success and honors both in his native Germany and in the eastern United States.

Twelve years ago DCHS exhibited the largest collection of Meyer-Kassel art ever shown together in the CV museum’s main gallery. We are pleased to announce that we will, once again, be exhibiting Meyer-Kassel’s unique work. This exhibit of his original art will open with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. May 18. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission is offered during the reception.

Upcoming events in June include our lecture series on June 12 featuring Jack Folmar speaking on Adolph Sutro and the Carson Valley Days parade which will be held on June 14. You can participate with us in the parade by signing up at the front desk at the CV museum. Or you can bring a lawn chair and watch from our front lawn. The Carson Valley Days parade is the official start of summer and a lot of fun for the whole family.

After the parade, head over to Genoa for the Genoa Sesquicentennial Celebration. All day June 14 is a birthday celebration day for Nevada’s Sesquicentennial and the Genoa Volunteer Fire Department’s 65th birthday. Daytime activities include historical presentations, demonstrations and workshops featuring the Pony Express, Mark Twain, Snowshoe Thompson, the Basque Community and the Washoe Tribe of Carson Valley, the Mormon Battalion, and Civil War reenactments at the Mormon Station State Parks and the Courthouse Museum. For more information please contact Martin Manning at 781-1236 or

June 17, join us in Heritage Park for our Young Chautauquans portraying historic figures Dat So La Lee, Sarah Olds and Meriwether Lewis. Performances start at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and occasional grants from public and private sources. We are here solely to preserve the history of Douglas County from the Valley to the Lake, 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.

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