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Genoa Courthouse Museum opens Sunday

by Ellen Caywood

Our Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and luncheon was a huge success thanks to all at DCHS who helped with the food, serving, the set up and take down – everything. Our thanks to The Loop and Sweet Repeats for wonderful clothing and to our models for their flair in showing off great clothes. Thanks, too, to Margaret Colescott and Linda Sandstrom for the beautiful music. But mostly thanks go to the attendees who bought tickets to our event. Without your support, we couldn't do what we do.

Now that May is here, it's time to start to gear up for summer activities. As we speak the Genoa Courthouse Museum is open because this weekend is Genoa's Cowboy Festival. On Sunday, we will hold the official grand opening. Stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. for celebration and light refreshments. The festivities begin with the presentation of the combined exhibits, Gowns and Gourd, an introduction of the society's exhibit committee and artist Charles Munroe, the creator of the hand painted gourds honoring the Washoe Tribal Elders.

Next week we offer the Thursday, May 8, lecture series. We are featuring the return of Dr. Gene Hattori who will speak on the history, legends and mystery of the Fremont Cannon. The doors open at 6 and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. As we mentioned last week, arrive early as the last time Dr. Hattori spoke, it was standing room only. Admission is $3 per person; free for DCHS members.

Mother's Day, May 11, the Lions Club will bring back their annual Mother's Day pancake breakfast. Bring your family and friends for a fabulous Mother's Day pancake breakfast in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's parking lot in Gardnerville. Breakfast is served between 8 and 11 a.m. for $6 per person; proceeds benefit the Douglas County Historical Society.

DCHS's annual membership meeting is 4 p.m. May 15. All DCHS members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Beginning Memorial Day, May 26, and going through Labor Day, DCHS is proud to open its two museums free of charge to active members of the military. Each year we participate in a program called Blue Star Museums, which offers free admission to active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve members, with up to five family members. We will be a part of this program at both of our museums again this year.

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Then comes June. DCHS will participate in the June 14 Carson Valley Days parade. If you are interested in helping out with any phase of our participation, please call the museum and tell them of your interest.

June 17 is our Chautauqua performance in Heritage Park. We'll have more on this in future columns.

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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