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Free admission for military ends Monday

by Ellen Caywood

Happy Labor Day weekend. If you are active military, come on over to either one of our museums before the Blue Star Program free admission ends on Monday. It has been a pleasure to welcome our active military and their families through the Blue Star Program again this summer.

The community is holding a fundraiser for our friend and fellow melodrama actor Ted Nagel at noon Saturday in Heritage Park in Gardnerville. You melodrama patrons will remember Ted as Frank Hunk, stagecoach driver with his own personal stagecoach in last winter's "Happy Birthday Nevada." Ted is battling cancer and needs our support. Stop by and enjoy the entertainment. Bring your wallet and empty it for our good friend.

Sunday is the final day to enter our "Immortalize Yourself in History" selfie contest. Snap your picture (selfie) in front of a historical roadside marker, plaque, statue or building and post it on Battle Born Wine's Facebook page. Judges will select the most creative shot. Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from DCHS plus two tickets to Battle Born's seventh anniversary party.

Next week is September and the start of our fall events. Sept. 6 is September's First Saturday Family Day. In cooperation with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, DCHS will present Ember House, a youth activity promoting wildfire ember awareness. Ember House is a scaled-down house front with spots vulnerable to embers. Kids are given bright orange Ping-Pong balls representing embers which they toss at the house trying to land them into the spots susceptible to fire. The Ember House program begins at 2 p.m., but admission is free for all throughout the day.

Sept. 7, we will celebrate our first Farm-To-Fork dinner on the front lawn of the CV Museum. Tickets are still available but very limited. Prices are $50 for DCHS members, $60 for nonmembers. Stop by or call to reserve your tickets by credit card. Our no-host bar will open at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner will be served at 5:30. The evening will feature produce and services from our local ranchers and merchants and will feature a sit-down dinner by Chef Larry Rice of Sierra Gourmet Grill & Wine Bar. Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the evening by All Hat No Cattle.

Sept. 13 is our Home and Garden Tour in Genoa this year. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. We have seven historic homes with interesting stories to share with you including the Dake Hawkins House and garden; Jespersen House (park) and garden; the Historic Pink House, Syll-Juchtzer B&B and garden; Stephen Kinsey home and garden; Sierra Shadows Victorian home and garden and the Heitman House and garden. Tickets are on sale now at the CV museum or call to reserve them by credit card. Prices are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for nonmembers. Our friends at the Genoa Station Bar and Grille are offering a 10 percent discount for lunch on the day of the Home and Garden Tour. Just show them your tour ticket.

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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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