Antique toy exhibit at Dangberg home ranch |

Antique toy exhibit at Dangberg home ranch

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The Dangberg's 1939 Christmas stockings.
Special to The R-C |

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park will open its annual exhibit of vintage toys and games Dec. 4-8.

The exhibit, “Home Ranch for the Holidays,” is open to the public and presents children’s playthings from the 1860s through the 1940s.

“We all think of childhood around the holidays, and many visitors find things at the exhibit that bring back good memories for them,” said curator Mark Jensen. “Someone always has an interesting story to share.”

The exhibit displays board and card games from the 1870s and 1880s that were played with by Fred Dangberg, Jr., and his siblings, as well as toys enjoyed by Fred’s five children and grandson from the 1910s through the 1940s. These include a small wood-burning cook stove, a child’s drop-front desk and a miniature tea cart. Various dolls, handmade doll clothing and doll accessories will be shown. The creative side of children’s play will be explored from 1900 to 1945.

Also on display for the first time are several Washoe woven cradleboards collected by the Dangbergs.

The park’s store will be open, with discounted pricing on jewelry, history books, photo notecards and other gifts.

The park’s volunteers will also be conducting a your-choice raffle to raise money for the nonprofit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4-8. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children 16 and younger, and free for members of the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch. Reservations are not needed.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, Minden, just south of the Carson Valley Swim Center. More information can be found at or by calling 783-9417.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley’s history that founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangbergs. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.