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Student, senior day offers free museum visit on Saturday

by Ellen Caywood

Once again the audiences of the DCHS melodrama have laughed, applauded and cheered over our antics in this year's production. If your tickets are for this weekend, you are in for quite a treat. If you didn't get tickets, we're sorry but we're all sold out.

Have you noticed that the second title of this year's Melodrama is "You Have a Lot of Character(s)"? That should be a clue that you will see more than a couple people on stage. We're bringing you all kinds of character(s) from Nevada's past, though altered ever so slightly in melodrama fashion. Of course you'll want to cheer the hero, boo at the villain and sigh (awww!) with the heroine. We can't wait for you to see it – if you have tickets. If not, next year get your tickets early.

Last Sunday's performance was the Elks hotdog lunch show. Thank you so much, Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670, for all you do to fill our Melodramas with great food.

Tomorrow is March 1, the first Saturday of the month. DCHS's museum is open in Gardnerville to seniors over 65 and students accompanied by an adult family member at no charge on the first Saturday of every month. Northern Nevada has some fascinating history. Come check out your local museum March 13 during the next installment in our monthly lecture series. 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 p.m. 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 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. There will also be a Chautauqua performance featuring four of the ladies who were influential in women's suffrage in Nevada. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming in May is Historic Preservation month. DCHS will celebrate the best of preservation by presenting the 2014 Douglas County Preservation Recognition Award to an individual and/or organization that has renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building, demonstrating outstanding excellence in historic preservation. We invite you to nominate an individual and/or organization that you believe is most deserving of this award. To obtain a nomination form, please contact DCHS at 782-2555 or online at

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It still gets dark early this time of year and you may not be interested in what's on TV now that the winter Olympics are over. Stop by our Main Street Bookstore and pick up a book or two for evening reading. The Bookstore is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and during special events like the Melodrama and the lecture series. We have a lot of great books to keeps you going until spring.

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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