by Ellen Caywood

Historical society activities heat up in May

Welcome to May and a flurry of Historical Society activities. Let's start with the lecture for May 10 featuring Bob Stewart who will tell us the story of the Grosh brothers, thought to be the first discoverers of silver on the Comstock. Bob has worked in the office of Governor Mike O'Callaghan and was public affairs officer for the Bureau of Land Management. The lecture will be held upstairs at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Admission is $3/free to members. For information, call 782-2555.

Mothers' Day is May 13. Stop by the Gardnerville Museum parking lot and have breakfast with the Carson Valley Lions Club as they dish up pancakes for the whole family. Proceeds will benefit DCHS so be sure to drop by.

The DCHS Annual Membership Meeting will be held May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Gardnerville Museum. All members are invited and encouraged to vote for new trustees and officers.

May 26, DCHS will hold a half-price sale of Second Hand Rose donated clothing and jewelry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Gardnerville Museum. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society.

June is the start of our busy summer months. First, Chautauqua in the Park will be on Wednesday evening, June 13, at Mormon Station State Park. The festivities start around 5 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Bring a picnic supper for the whole family and enjoy our Young Chautauquans perform as historical characters. This event is free to the public.

The Pony Express Re-ride will be on June 14, this year. The re-ride is due to leave Woodfords at 9 a.m. and reach Genoa around 11 a.m. We'll have a better idea of the timing closer to the actual date. Plan to come out to watch the exchanging of the mochila and enjoy the fun. In honor of this event the Courthouse Museum will be open and will be showing short visual presentations covering the history of the Pony Express with no admission charge for the presentation.

That evening, June 14, is the June Lecture Series at the Gardnerville Museum. Will Durham will be doing a slide presentation called "Light Circus" illustrating vintage Nevada neon signs that he has rescued and collected over the years. As usual doors open at 6:45 with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for non-members.

The first DCHS Flea Market of the year is coming up on June 16. The spots are filling up already. Get your "junque" together and get a spot in the parking lot at the Gardnerville Museum right on Highway 395 where everyone can see you. You need to be set up by 8 a.m. and we close at 2 p.m. One hundred square foot spaces are $20. Spaces on the day of the sale are $30.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our County and State governments. 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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