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‘Curse of the Hanging Tree’ benefits Douglas County Historical Society

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"Curse of the Hanging Tree" cast members, from left, Jenny Hemsath with Brandon Hemsath, Janet Fischer, Ken Miller, Dave Bauer, Kelly Kite and Dee Bauer invite the community to see their play in Genoa.
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The Douglas County Historical Society’s “Curse of the Hanging Tree” is July 19 and 20.

Performance times are 6:30, 7 and 7:30 both nights. Tickets are $15 per person. Advanced tickets are recommended as seating is limited.

“The darkest day in the history of Genoa was the lynching of Adam Umber from a tree on Genoa Lane in 1897,” organizers said.

“A cry went up from all over the country that lawlessness was rampant in Nevada. The Governor of Nevada offered a $500, reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons, who lynched one Adam Uber at Genoa, Douglas County. The lynch mob was never indicted and went unpunished by the law, but not by the curse.”

It is said the curse of the hanging tree to this day haunts the descendents of those who took part in the horrific lynching of Adam Uber.

“‘The Curse of the Hanging Tree’ is a moving living history spoof based on the most infamous lynching in Nevada History,” organizers said. “Ticket holders will have an opportunity to visit some of the actual sites where events took place in 1897. No two performances are alike, as each performance is improvised, the actors are often more surprised than the audience at the turn of events.”

The actors are all members of the community who donate their time. “The Curse of the Hanging Tree” is a major fundraiser for the Douglas County Historical Society and helps support both local museums.

“The Historical Society is self supporting and we are extremely grateful to everyone that takes part in the play and purchases tickets,” organizers said.

Tombstone Tap & Grill in Genoa will donate a 10 percent off food coupon with every ticket purchased.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville, or by calling 782-2555.