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Melodrama pokes fun at Nevada

by Ellen Caywood

It occurs to us that the reason some of you have never been to DCHS's melodrama is that you are not sure what to expect. Like the old fashioned melodramas, we have a hero, a heroine, a villain and a train track, but that's where the similarity between ours and theirs ends. Our melodrama is all about Carson Valley, Douglas County and the great state of Nevada – today, 150 years ago or both. We poke fun at the things we do and the things we build; we have picked on the Minden round-about ever since it was built. We even poke fun at the script writer from time to time.

So get your tickets and come laugh with your neighbors about the happenings in your valley. You will not be disappointed – we promise. There will be six performances of this year's melodrama, though most of these performances are already sold out. Your best chance of getting tickets will be the second Sunday lunch show at 1 p.m. March 2. Tickets for that shows are $15 per person. The Sunday show is reserved table seating so head on in to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center and pick out your seats. Then show up on March 2 for the best time you'll have all winter.

In honor of Women In History Month, the lecture series on March 13 will feature Tammy Degenhart speaking about Mary McNair Mathews, a Nevada historian, who lived and worked in Virginia City in the 1870s. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.

Our Women In History Reception at 2 p.m. March 22, will honor the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. Our state of Nevada was six years ahead of the rest of the nation in giving women the right to vote. Admission to this event is free and light refreshments will be served.

Soon DCHS will be accepting nominations for individuals and/or organizations that have renovated or preserved an historic Douglas County building. Though nominations will not be accepted until March, now might be a good time to start keeping an eye out for renovations, preservations and the people who are helping to keep our history intact through their actions and dedication to our heritage. Last year's winners were Marie and J. B. Lekumberry, owners of the J. T. Basque Bar and Dining Room, for their continuing preservation of a Douglas County Historical Building, circa 1896.

And speaking of historic preservation, did you know that the Courthouse Museum in Genoa is available year around for small weddings and vow renewal ceremonies? (The upstairs courtroom, which has been authentically restored to its original 1865 appearance, will only hold about 65 people.) Please see our website: or the Chamber of Commerce website: for further information. Brochures are also available at the CV museum.

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The Douglas County Historical Society subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and occasional grants from public and private sources. 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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