Museum has full schedule of events planned |

Museum has full schedule of events planned

by Ellen Caywood

There is one sure way to see if spring is really here. Check out the full list of events coming up at Dougla County Historical Society's museums.

Thanks to the nearly 90 people who attended our Women In History reception last weekend. The Chautauqua women were outstanding. Thanks to Harrah's/Harvey's Lake Tahoe for the desserts; they were wonderful. Also, thank you to A Wildflower for the beautiful table flower arrangement. What a great way to honor all the women who fought for our right to vote.

Upcoming are all kinds of events – things to do, essays to write, lectures to attend. Our April 10 lecture will feature Sherry Rupert, executive director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission. Sherry will present a history of the Stewart Indian School and the current effort to preserve the school as the Stewart Indian Cultural Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and our bookstore will also be open for your browsing pleasure.

Our Second Hand Rose was started in 2010 by our friend Sue Smith. It is a luncheon and fashion show featuring fashions from The Loop and Sweet Repeats, our two favorite consignment stores. This year the event will take place on April 26, starting at noon. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Get your tickets early and reserve your table as seating is limited. Call 782-2555 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday to buy tickets with your credit card or come into the CV museum during those hours.

Marlena Hellwinkel is coordinating our second annual Historic Preservation Award. Now is a good time to start thinking about possible nominations for an organization whose contributions have demonstrated outstanding excellence in historic preservation and/or to an individual or group who have renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building. Nominations close May 1. Full details are on our website.

It has been a while since DCHS participated as an entrant in the Carson Valley Days parade. We're calling on all DCHS members and guests with a passion for community support to join us in this year's June 14 Carson Valley Days parade. We need a full range of historically costumed participants to walk and ride with us. We could also use assistance with our behind the scene logistical support teams. If you would like to participate please call and tell us how you can help.

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Kids, don't forget our essay contest, "If you could take a Time Machine back to the 1860s in the Carson Valley what would you have liked best about your life; what would you have liked least?" Essays should be typed, between 250 and 350 words, and should include an entry form available at school offices or at the CV museum office. Please submit the essays to the CV museum office no later than April 15, or mail them to the museum at 1477 US Highway 395, Gardnerville, NV 89410.

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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