by Ellen Caywood

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June 12, 2014
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Museum lawn makes a good spot to watch the parade

Thank you, Douglas County. Our first Family Day was June 7, and it was a huge success. Our next Family Day will be July 5. We’ll let you know what the plans are for the day so you can bring the family for a great Fourth of July weekend outing.

Tomorrow is the Carson Valley Days parade and the Genoa Sesquicentennial Celebration. Spend the morning on the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center’s front lawn enjoying the parade. Head to Genoa when the parade is over for all the events and reenactments being held to celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday. The events in Genoa will go on all day.

June 17, in Heritage Park, our Young Chautauquans will perform their characters for you. Sandia Johnson will perform as Sarah Thompson Olds, Emily Willis as Dat So La Lee and August James as Meriwether Lewis.

Following their performances the winners of our Sesquicentennial Essay Contest sponsored by the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation will read their winning essays. The contest winners are: First Place - Tyra Best, fifth grade; Second Place – Daniel Elliott, third grade; Third Place – David Elliott, third grade; and Honorable Mention – Christie F. Vugteveen, fifth grade.

The best way to enjoy the performances with the whole family is to bring a picnic supper to the park along with chairs or blankets to sit on. The festivities start at 6:30, so get there early to get a good location and enjoy good food and the performances.

Rehearsals for the Summer Dangberg Home Ranch Melodrama will be starting very soon. The performances are scheduled for July 26, and July 27 at the Dangberg Ranch. This is another of those “must see” events put on for your summer enjoyment. We guarantee you will laugh and cheer and boo the villain and have a great time. Contact Mark Jensen, Curator, at 783-9417 for ticket information

Other events coming up in July include our July Lecture Series featuring Jim Bonar speaking on the 1919 Military Convey across the USA. The lecture will be July 10, at the CV museum. Doors open at 6 with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.

Start looking for posters inviting you to attend our Taste of the Towns on Aug. 2. While this used to be the one big summer happening, we will be introducing another tasty event in September of this year. DCHS is going to make sure you are well fed this summer.

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 Lakes 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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