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New exhibit at Carson Valley Museum

by Ellen Caywood

Tomorrow is Saturday, and it is student-senior day at the DCHS museums. We have quite a treat for you at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. We have a brand new exhibit in the Changing Gallery depicting various stages of our local Minden-Tahoe Airport. They are celebrating a milestone anniversary and we will even have a glider on the front lawn in their honor.

The airport was built in 1942 as a military training base. Today it serves the area for such diverse aviation uses as sport aviation, emergency services and corporate flying. Our Valley is recognized as one of the best locations in the world for soaring, bringing enthusiasts here from all over the world. Come out and help us celebrate 70 years of aviation right here in our own backyard.

Come on out to Mormon Station State Park in Genoa on June 13, at 5 p.m. for or annual presentation of Chautauqua in the Park. Bring a picnic supper and the family and enjoy our youth as they portray various historical characters. As always, this is a free event.

June 14, is the annual Pony Express Re-ride. The mochila exchange will be held at the Mormon Station Stockade. While you’re there, don’t miss the Pony Express exhibits at the Courthouse Museum across the street.

Thursday night, come to the Gardnerville Museum for our next lecture series, “Light Circus.” Will Durham will be doing a slide presentation illustrating vintage Nevada neon signs that he has rescued and collected over the years. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members and $3 for nonmembers.

June 16 we will be having the first of our summer flea markets in the Gardnerville Museum parking lot. Call now, 782-2555, to rent a space to sell your treasures. The market will start at 8 a.m. and go until 2 p.m. and all are welcome to come, browse, shop and enjoy the summer sunshine. DCHS will have its own booth and will be selling a large collection of Olympic pins that have been donated to the Society. The pins are from Sarajevo, Moscow, Los Angeles 1984 summer Olympics, and many more. There are complete sets of Coca Cola, Xerox and other corporation pins.

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Then on June 23, come out to our favorite summer event, the Historic Barn Tour. Stop by the Gardnerville Museum or call 782-2555 to get your tickets. Then set aside the morning to tour the historic barns open for the tour. Some of these barns have weathered over 100 years of sun, snow, wind and rain serving the farmers of our Valley. After the tour join the ice cream social and tour our two museums for free. There are many other special events going on in conjunction with the tour, so don’t miss out. Call or get your tickets as soon as possible as admission is limited. Tickets are $25 per person, $20 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

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