First on the agenda this week is to let you know about our newly modified email and website addresses. Our email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is now www.historicnevada.net. Note that everything is the same except we are now “.net.” Please make a note of this change if you have bookmarked our web address or have our email address in your address book.
We are also working on a new user-friendly website that should be in place soon. You will be able to see all the new things that have been added, such as the ability to order books, buy tickets to programs, pay membership dues on-line and much more. We tried to access the new website earlier this week and were unable to do so. If it isn’t finished yet, it will be soon. Keep trying.
Meanwhile, next weekend is Haunted Weekend, beginning on Thursday, and continuing through Oct. 20. This year’s schedule of haunted adventures begins with a free meet and greet the ghost hunters on Thursday night at the Historian Inn Market Café and Lobby, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A short lecture will be presented about haunted sites in Carson Valley.
The Haunted Gardnerville Ghost Walk is 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Tours depart from the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, and tickets are $5 per person. Following the Ghost Walks at 9 p.m. there will be a séance at CV museum. Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters and Afterworld Paranormal will see if they can conjure up some paranormal activity. Tickets are $15 per person and will be limited; pre-purchase is suggested.
Our Haunted Mottsville Cemetery Tour is 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 19.
Mottsville Cemetery is all that remains of the Emigrant Trail settlement. Guided tours depart approximately every 15 minutes; tickets are $5 per person. From 9 to 11:30 p.m. that evening there will be “A Real Ghost Investigation” at the historic Genoa Courthouse Museum. The investigation will be conducted by Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters. Tickets $15 per person and will be limited, pre-purchase is recommended.
We conclude 10 a.m. Oct. 20 with the “Haunted Genoa Ghost Walk.” Meet at the courthouse museum for a step back in time to learn about the early settlers of Nevada’s first permanent settlement. Tickets are $5 per person.
Karen Dustman will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 14 lecture. She will speak on Silver Mountain City. Originally called “Kongsberg,” it was founded in the late 1850s-early 1860s by Scandinavian miners prospecting for silver. By 1863, the name was changed to Silver Mountain City and by 1866, the town had a population of 3,000. It was the county seat of Alpine County from 1864 to 1875, but mostly abandoned by 1886. Doors open at 6:45 with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 per person; free for DCHS members.
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 www.historicnevada.net.
Contact Ellen Caywood by email at email@example.com.