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March 22 reception honors women’s suffrage

by Ellen Caywood

To paraphrase that old Public Service Announcement: "It's melodrama time. Do you know where your melodrama tickets are?" We sure hope so because the first performance is tonight.

Dare we say last night's dress rehearsal went well or does that jinx tonight's performance? Probably not. Once this cast is in costume and ready to go, nothing can stop them. Get comfortable and get ready to laugh. We're not stopping until we have tickled every funny bone in the house.

We do have one little secret to confess. We know that there are a couple of tickets left for the March 2 performance – or at least there were when last we checked. This is the big one, the grand finale, the one that will contain the most ad libs. If we could pick which show to see, it would be this one. So, get on that phone and call 782-2555 to reserve these tickets. Do it now as we will sell out.

Just a reminder: The doors open one hour before each performance or meal in the case of the reserved seating performances. Therefore, the doors will open on Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30. Saturday nights the doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 and the show at 7. For the Sunday matinee, the doors will open at noon with the lunch starting at 1 p.m. and the show starting at 2.

That's a lot of start times, so just pick the day your tickets are for and get there when the doors open. The railroad bar will be open, serving no host beverages, and the bookstore will be open for browsing.

After all this you're probably wondering if there is any life after the melodrama. To quote one of the melodrama characters, "You betcha!"

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On March 13 at 7 p.m., Tammy Degenhart will speak about Nevada historian Mary McNair Mathews (1834-1903). Her memoir and early chronicle of life in Virginia City, "Ten Years in Nevada or Life on the Pacific Coast", was published in 1880. The doors will open at 6 and the bookstore will be open for your browsing pleasure. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 per person for nonmembers.

Our Women In History Reception on March 22, will honor the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage. Nevada tried to amend its Constitution to grant women the vote in 1869, but the mandatory second vote in 1871 failed by a slim margin. In 1914 the Nevada general vote taken to allow women to vote did pass while, nationally, women were not allowed to vote until 1920.

Our reception will run from 2-4 p.m. and we will have four Chautauquans portraying women who made a difference. Kim Copél will be Lillian Virgin. Laurie Hickey will portray Dr. Cook. Kathy Noneman will present Bird Wilson. Holly Van Valkenburgh will be Anne Martin. This program is free to all and light refreshments will be served.

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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