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Events heat up in June

by Ellen Caywood

If you are new to this Valley, last week’s weather may have given you a scare. We who have been here a while know that Nevada weather is very changeable. But now that we are back to June, it’s time to start bringing you all those events we have been promising you.

On June 13 at 5 p.m. come to Mormon Station State Park in Genua for Chautauqua in the Park. Bring a picnic supper for the whole family and enjoy our youth as they portray various historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin and Queen Elizabeth. There is no admission charge for this event.

Come back to Genua the next morning for the Pony Express Re-ride.

The mochila exchange will be held in the Mormon Station Park stockade this year. However, the Courthouse Museum will be open for you to visit the Pony Express exhibit downstairs and a visual presentation on the Pony Express in the courtroom upstairs.

Contact the Courthouse Museum at 782-4325 for the time of the re-ride through Genua.

Then on the evening of June 14, come to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for our lecture series featuring Will Durham who will present a slide presentation on the vintage Nevada neon signs he has been collecting over the years.

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The lecture starts at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:45. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for nonmembers.

Saturday, June 16, will be our first summer flea market in the Gardnerville Museum parking lot.

Space is still available for any who would like to sell their treasures. Call 782-2555 to reserve a 10 foot x 10 foot space for only $20 prior to the day of the event.

The flea market will go from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature Olympic pins which had been donated to DCHS. Come complete your collection of pins or start a new collection. There is no admission charge for this event.

The following Saturday, June 23, is the annual Historic Barn Tour. This year the tour includes the Hellwinkel, Lampe-Jacobs, Heitman-Brunelle barns as well as the Henningsen, Sarman and Dangberg Ranch barns.

In addition to touring the barns, ticket holders will receive free admission to both museums, a local ornithology expert will be at one of the barns to speak about barn owls and discount coupons for the full tour of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will be included (reservations to be made separately).

All this and an ice cream social is yours for $20 per person for DCHS members and $25 for non-members.

Still to come this summer are monthly historic lectures, more flea markets and our annual Taste of the Towns on Aug. 4.

Bring your friends and your appetites for this one where we’ll get to taste the fare at the local restaurants.

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

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at

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