Blue Star Museums program ends Labor Day |

Blue Star Museums program ends Labor Day

by Ellen Caywood

Blue Star Museums program ends Labor Day. Rserve and active-duty military receive free admission to the museums until then.
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A million thank yous go to Chili’s for their three-day Dining for Dollars fundraising event for our museums. We went Tuesday for lunch and tried their new flat bread pizza. Wow! We headed right back on Wednesday for more. Thank you, Chili’s, for your great food and generous heart.

Labor Day, Sept. 2, is fast approaching. That will be the end of this year’s Blue Star Museums program. This program has offered free admission to our museum to both active duty and reserve military personnel and their families. If you haven’t taken advantage of this, please come on out to the courthouse museum in Genoa or the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville before the end of Labor Day weekend.

Also on the first Saturday of every month, the CV museum in Gardnerville is open to students accompanied by a family member with no admission charge. Prizes are given to students for completing a museum scavenger hunt.

Our second flea market 2013 is scheduled 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the CV museum parking lot. We have great Highway 395 frontage and always draw a crowd from the passers-by. Spaces are 10-feet square for $20. Sign up soon by downloading an application from our website or dropping by the museum. Don’t miss this opportunity to clear out the garage and reload it with all the great things you find at our flea market.

Historian and author Steve Frady will be our speaker at the Sept. 12 lecture series. His topic will be the history of fire departments of Virginia City and Gold Hill and will feature his book “Red Shirts and Leather Helmets.” Steve is the retired police and fire public information officer for the city of Reno. He is a former editor of the Nevada Appeal, a past chief and an exempt member of the Virginia City Fire Department, and a founding trustee and current vice chairman of the Comstock Firemen’s Museum that opened in 1979. Doors open at 6:45 and our lecture starts at 7 p.m at the CV museum in Gardnerville. Lecture admission is $3. Members of the historical society are admitted free.

The Douglas County Historical Society is sponsoring a tour of six historical homes in Gardnerville as a fund raising event. The Douglas Avenue and Eddy Street homes will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept.14. Tickets can be purchased at the CV museum for $20 per person, $15 for DCHS members. Tickets can be charged by credit card at 782-2555. The morning of the tour, “will call” and tickets sales will be at 1478 Douglas Ave. Tickets will not be mailed and no refunds given.

Parking is permitted at the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot on Mill Street. No interior photos of homes will be allowed. Volunteers will be on site to check tickets and guide you through the homes. It is suggested that soft soled shoes be worn, no high heels or boots. Woodett’s diner is giving all tickets holders 10 percent off breakfast or lunch the day of the tour. They are open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For additional information call Marlena Hellwinkel at 721-9599 or Grace Bower at 265-6097. 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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