by Ellen Caywood

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January 2, 2014
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Melodrama tickets on sale now

Here we are officially in 2014. While you are reading this, several actors, actresses and crew are meeting to start rehearsals for our annual melodrama. We’ll be ready by the weekends of Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2, but will you be ready? Get your tickets now so you will be.

Stop by or call the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center at 782-2555 and get those melodrama tickets soon as both Saturday night and Sunday Matinee tickets for both weekends are reserved seating. The Friday night performances are theater seating and will be first come, first served. Tickets for Friday are $10 per person. Tickets for Saturday dinner and performance are $20 per person. Tickets for the Sunday Matinee and lunch are $15 per person. Very reasonable prices for what is usually the funniest weekends of the winter.

Young Chautauqua starts Tuesday at the CV museum. This is a program for youths between 3rd and 8th grade. It features researching an historical figure and presenting this person at various venues. This is a great experience for students who are interested in theater, history, speech and costume making. For more information and time of meetings, call Iris Blaisdell, program director at 775-392-1772.

Our lecture series speaker on Thursday will be Bob Ellison. Bob will speak about Richard Sassaway Watkins, forgotten pioneer, who was born in Maryland in 1826. With the discovery of the Comstock, Watkins came to the East Slope of the Sierra as one of our early pioneers. He became the first man to claim the ground where Carson City’s airport and hot springs are. When the Paiute Battle of 1860 arose, Watkins led the Silver City Guard in the first encounter. He was wounded but survived. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for others.

As you probably are aware, DCHS and its two museums are more than 95 percent self-supporting, receiving only a small amount of grant money each year. New members with fresh ideas are always welcomed at our fundraising committee meetings. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month, at 9 a.m., in the meeting room at the CV museum. Come share your thoughts at the next monthly meeting. For more information, call Shannon Hickey at 775-782-2893 or email her at We welcome your input.

The CV museum meeting room, as well as other spaces in the building and the grounds, is available for rent. You may pick up a brochure to check out a variety of options and reasonable rental prices. Stop by the museum office to pick one up.

And while we’re mentioning renting museum space, don’t forget that the Genoa Courthouse Museum is available for small weddings or vow renewals. Services are performed in the historic courtroom which has been authentically restored to its original 1865 appearance. (This service is for ceremonies only. Sorry no receptions, food, etc., are permitted.) Brochures are available at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa and the CV museum. To make your reservation, please call the office manager at 782-2555.

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 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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