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Douglas historical society marches in annual Carson Valley Days parade

by Ellen Caywood

Did you see us? Seven members of Douglas County Historical Society and one of our Young Chautauquans participated in the Carson Valley Days Parade. Keeping with the parade theme of heroes and villains, DCHS marched down Main Street with a banner proclaiming, "Douglas County Historical Society, Keeping Track of Heroes and Villains since 1961." The museum is indebted to the Borges Family for their generous contribution of the use of their horse-drawn carriage, driven no less by Sarah Winnemucca (Dianna Borges). We understand we had quite a crowd on the front lawn as well. Thanks to all for joining us in the fun.

July Fourth weekend is coming up. This would be a great time to encourage any military families you know to visit our museums. Through the Blue Star Museums Program we offer free admission to any active military personnel and up to five family members to visit the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville and the Genoa Courthouse Museum. This program will go on through Labor Day, but we would like to encourage all military families to come out over July Fourth weekend, see the museums and maybe enjoy a picnic lunch on our grounds or in Heritage Park in Gardnerville or in Mormon Station State Park in Genoa.

Speaking of the July Fourth weekend, July 5, is our second Family Day at the Carson Valley museum. We are featuring a demonstration on painting gourds by Charles Munroe, the artist who painted the Washoe tribal elders on the gourds we exhibited in January and February. Admission to Family Day is free to all. Our hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Our second Thursday Lecture on July 10 will be Jim Bonar, past president of the Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. He will speak on the 1919 Military convoy coming across the USA. Carson Valley museum doors will open at 6 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Our Main Street Bookstore will also be open. Admission is free for DCHS members; $3 for others.

Are you planning a wedding or renewal of wedding vows? Our Genoa Courthouse Museum can accommodate up to 65 guests in the upstairs courtroom, which has been restored to its original 1865 appearance. It's perfect for anyone wishing to add a little history to their ceremony. Contact Cindy at 782-2555 for additional information or a brochure. (This service is for ceremonies only as no receptions, food, etc., are permitted. There are other venues in Genoa where receptions can take place.)

Do you know that a geocache is hidden on the lawn of each of our two museums? The two caches have resulted in over several hundred visits by geocachers in the last two years. To learn about geocaching, visit, the official geocaching site. And to view the museum caches enter GC2ANBR (for the Gardnerville Museum geocache) and GC2AR44 (for the Genoa Courthouse Museum geocache) into the search box on the home page. Geocaching is a rapidly growing sport that is fun and 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 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, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

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