by Ellen Caywood

Flea market, student-senior day Saturday

September arrived but brought with it more of these smoky skies. It may well be that this smoke is with us until winter storms can help extinguish the Yosemite Rim fire. It still seems so strange to not see our beautiful mountains or our glorious blue skies.

Tomorrow is a busy day for us. First, Saturday is Student-Senior Day where students accompanied by an adult and seniors 65 and over are admitted to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center free. Students can win a prize by completing a museum scavenger hunt. Doors are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Second, Saturday is our flea market, which is scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the CV museum parking lot. Spaces are 10-feet square for $20. You can call 782-2555 for last minute information on space availability. Otherwise get here early and bring money. Garage sale buyers: This is the ultimate garage sale. You drive to the museum, park and shop your hearts out. Everything is in one place.

Next Thursday, historian and author Steve Frady will be our speaker at the Sept. 12 lecture series. His topic will be the history of fire departments of Virginia City and Gold Hill and will feature his book “Red Shirts and Leather Helmets.” Steve is the retired police and fire public information officer for the city of Reno. CV museum doors open at 6:45 and our lecture starts at 7 p.m. Lecture admission is $3; free for DCHS members.

Sept. 14 promises to be as busy as this coming one. Our home tour will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 2 p.m. The homes open for viewing will be located on Douglas Avenue and Eddy Street, with parking available at the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot on Douglas and Mill streets. Tickets are now on sale and are limited. Call 782-2555 or visit the CV museum for your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets may be charged by phone and picked up the morning of the event. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for DCHS members. Woodett’s diner is giving all tickets holders 10 percent off breakfast or lunch the day of the tour; their hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have all been invited to join the Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County in its efforts to prevent suicide. We are invited to join their 7th annual Walk in Memory-Walk for Hope on Sept. 14 at the CV museum. The walk will be preceded by a “breakfast for hope” at 8 a.m. on the museum front lawn. The suggested breakfast donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children (under age 10). The suggested donation for the suicide prevention walk for hope is $20 per person which includes one T-shirt. You can also register online for the walk at For more information about the walk, or to request registration forms, please call Debbie Posnien, executive director 783-1510.

We’ve all been touched by suicide in one way or another. Please help support the Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County by attending the breakfast or by participating in the walk or just cheering on those who do. We can help by being there.

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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