by Ellen Caywood

Historical society preps for museum opening

Happy Easter to everyone. May this glorious spring weather hold through the end of this month.

The Douglas County Historical Society is in the final stages of preparing for the seasonal opening of the Genoa Courthouse Museum. Though the doors will be open starting on May 2, the official grand opening reception will be held 1 to 3 p.m. on May 4. The festivities begin with the presentation of the combined exhibits of antique wedding gowns and hand painted gourds honoring the Washoe Tribal Elders. Artist Charles Munroe, the creator of the hand painted gourds, will be on hand to explain his work. Admission to the reception is free and light refreshments will be served.

Meanwhile, the courthouse museum will be open during the fifth annual Genoa Cowboy Festival. The festival promotes the cowboy way and the unique history and culture of the beautiful Carson Valley. Headliner concerts are held Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon. In addition to the music and poetry, visitors can enjoy ranch tours, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, western dancing, Chautauqua presentations, and western shootouts. While you are at the festival, stop by the museum and see a replica Pony Express station, the Genoa Jail and all the other great exhibits. The courthouse museum will be open daily through October.

The Second Hand Rose Luncheon and Fashion Show is next Saturday. We have heard that the clothes are great and the food will be outstanding. Arrive early enough to mingle a bit before sitting down to lunch at noon. We’re looking forward to a delightful time.

From 8-11 a.m. on Mother’s Day, the Lion’s Club will offer a $6 pancake breakfast in the CV museum parking lot. It’s a special treat for mom and the kids and the proceeds benefit DCHS. Stop by before or after church for really great pancakes.

May is Historic Preservation Month and DCHS will celebrate the best of preservation by presenting the 2014 Douglas County Preservation Recognition Award to 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. The Historical Society invites our members and the community to nominate an individual and/or organization deserving of this award. Nomination form and details are available at our front office or on our website at Interested parties can also contact the award coordinator, Marlena Hellwinkel at 721-9599. Deadline for submission of the nominations is May 1.

Since 1961 DCHS has been preserving the history of Douglas County. The Van Sickle Research Library, located at the CV Museum contains a wealth of historical information on the people and places of Douglas County. In addition, we are pleased to offer you an internet connection to where you can begin your own family research. Stop by and start your research soon.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100% 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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