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September 17, 2013
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Jubilee week at Dangberg Home Ranch

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will presents its annual exhibit of historic clothing and a concert this week.

The exhibit runs Wednesday-Saturday

The concert, featuring Reno band Jelly Bread, is Sunday.

The clothing exhibit includes annual favorites, such as Gertrude Dangberg’s 1898 wedding gown, the oldest Levi’s in Nevada, and the Dangberg sisters’ dresses from the first half of the 20th century.

Other highlights of the exhibit include the christening dress first worn in 1866 by Fred Dangberg Jr., several elaborate, beaded gowns from the 1920s, and women’s dresser sets from the 1890s-1930s.

Tuxedoes, suits and other clothing worn by Fred Dangberg Jr., from the 1920s-1940s will also be shown, and visitors will see a range of men’s and women’s hats, shoes, jewelry and accessories from throughout the 20th century.

The exhibit is one of the park’s most popular events. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 16 and younger. The exhibit is self-guided and is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from September 16 through September 21. Reservations are not required.

The clothing is displayed in the historic Dangberg residence, which contains the family’s original furnishings, including a 1916 grand piano that will be played during the event.

The park’s summer concert series concludes on Sunday with an outdoor concert from 1-5:30 p.m.

Opening the afternoon is Carson-based band Notch 8, playing a mix of Cajun and country in a playful style, with favorites by Johnny Cash, Stray Cats and Elvis Presley.

Shotgun Trolley, a Carson Valley band, plays at 2:30 p.m., with lead singer Vanessa Littrell performing classic rock hits.

Jelly Bread, a four-piece Reno band, concludes the afternoon at 4 p.m. with a mix of drum and bass grooves, swampy steel guitar and organ. The band is breaking into the national market with performances at premier venues such as the Strawberry Music Festival and the Reno Rib Cook-off, and was voted the Best Tahoe Band of 2012. The band had been scheduled for the Minden concert in the park last month, which was canceled due to the heavy smoke from the Yosemite Rim fire.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 16 and younger. Tickets include all three bands and can be purchased in Gardnerville at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Battle Born Wine, Plant It Nursery and The Entertainer, or on-line at Ticketholders will also have access to the historic clothing exhibit at no extra charge.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, Minden, Nevada, one-half mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. More information can be found at or by calling 775-783-9417.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants.

The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits and other public events.

The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.

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