It’s not a strong box from their stagecoach, but for the Douglas County Historical Society, a check for $6,000 from Wells Fargo Bank was just as good.
The community grant is just what the organization needs to complete the replacement of its dilapidated and cumbersome wooden risers with five sturdy, yet lightweight, mobile stage sections.
“Audience members, presenters and actors will no longer fear that someone will fall through the stage,” said melodrama writer and director Dave Thomas. “It’s also good that our volunteer stage crew won’t have to strain themselves moving those heavy wood stage sections up from the basement each time we need them.”
The new 4x8-foot carpeted stage sections fold up into 2x4-foot units on casters that makes moving them easy for one person to move from place to place. “Our volunteers aren’t getting any younger, and storage space is very limited at the Carson Valley museum where they’ll be used most of the time,” said Historical Society President Grace Bower.
Branch Manager Thor Teigen and Investment Officer Mary Kay Metzger at the Minden office of Wells Fargo Advisors presented the check to Bower and Thomas last week.
The Historical Society will add $2,500 from melodrama proceeds, member dues and individual contributions to complete the purchase.