December lecture features James Haines |

December lecture features James Haines

by Ellen Caywood

Here we are at Nov. 22. Next week is Thanksgiving and next month is Christmas. What a wonderful time of year. Each year we hope and pray for that white Christmas that generally passes us by. Maybe we’ll get one this year.

You know what’s coming up at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. That’s right; the Holiday Gala starts at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7. Santa and his elves will be at the front door ready for photos. The cookie walk will be downstairs at the rear entrance. Decorated trees and gingerbread houses will fill the main gallery and other exhibit rooms. If you don’t have the Christmas spirit yet, you will once you see all we have for you.

Cookies will be available at the cookie walk starting at 10 and going until we run out which is usually around noon. What a great idea this is. You buy a container then fill it with the cookies you like. You can get three of this kind and seven of that. If you were to try to bake a variety of cookies, you’d have at least three dozen of each. This works ever so much better.

Remember to bring money. You’ll need money to buy the container for your cookies. You’ll need more money to vote for your favorite trees. Each tree will have a container near it for you to put money in – the folding kind or coin – to vote for the ones you like the most. You can vote for all the trees, some of them or one or two. The trees with the most money in their containers will win and the winners will be announced here right after the first of the year.

Our December historical lecture will be on Dec. 12. Laurie Hickey will be speaking about James Wallace Haines. He was a delegate to the Nevada State Constitution Convention in 1863 and served several terms as a state senator from Douglas County. The Haines’s home located just outside the town limits of Genoa has a bit of its own history involving movies and television.

Throughout the month of December our Main Street Bookstore will offer a 20 percent discount off all regularly priced items. Plus there will be a special bookstore sale on Thursday evening, Dec. 12, after the historical lecture. Think about giving someone the gift of our unique history this year and shop our bookstore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Want something fun to do with the kids or grandkids over the holidays? Check out the geocaches hidden on the lawn of each of our two museums. The two caches have resulted in over 300 visits by geocachers in the last two years. To learn about geocaching, visit, the official geocaching site. And to view the museum caches enter GC2ANBR (for the Gardnerville museum geocache) and GC2AR44 (for the Genoa Courthouse Museum geocache) into the search box on the home page. Geocaching is a rapidly growing sport that is fun, and free.

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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