by Ellen Caywood

Happy July Fourth from the historical society

Happy July Fourth, everyone. Enjoy whatever activities you have planned for this weekend, but please – before you head out – put out your flag. This is our nation’s 238th birthday.

Tomorrow is our July edition of Family Day at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. we will be open free of charge to families who come by to see the museum and enjoy our programs. This month we will feature a demonstration on painting gourds by artist Charles Munroe. Again, admission is free so come out and spend some time enjoying your museum and the history of Douglas County.

On Sunday, join the Greater Genoa Business Association Cocktail Walk from 1-4 p.m. Douglas County Historical Society has been selected as this month’s recipient of the proceeds, so come out and support us. For more information, see

Our second Thursday lecture series on July 10 will feature Jim Bonar, past president of the Nevada Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association. Jim will speak on the 1919 military convoy coming across the USA. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members; $3 for all others.

The summer melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch is set for July 26 and 27. This year’s title is River of Dreams or “Water You Doing in Carson Valley.” It is a farcical story of the infamous water wars that have plagued Carson Valley and Nevada – and still do today. It’s a story of a ruthless villain with a clever scheme to steal water, and a heroine who takes a liking to him even while he abducts her. Tickets are $10 for adults, and are currently available at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry and Battle Born Wine, cash or check. Children 16 and younger are $5, payable only at the gate. Get your tickets early; let’s see if we can completely sell out both performances.

Aug 2 is our annual Taste of the Towns. If you’re new to our area, this is where we walk to the various venues around the CV museum in Gardnerville to sample their food or wares and meet the owners and others in our neighborhood. Our restaurants always treat us to the very best of their menus and our shops are a delight. They often serve hors d’oeuvres and a beverage to keep us going between restaurants. Join us to find out why eating and shopping locally is the only way to go.

Tickets are on sale now at the CV museum in Gardnerville at $20 for DCHS members and $25 for non-members. The evening will start around 5 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8 p.m. Call 782-2555 for more information or to order tickets by credit card.

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 Douglas County from the Valley to the Lakes 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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