Don’t miss the Women in History reception |

Don’t miss the Women in History reception

by Ellen Caywood

Daylight Savings Time – did it seem too early to switch to you? Or were we oblivious to the month of February due to rehearsals and performances of the melodrama? And does anyone else spend the first two weeks of DST saying, “Yea, but it’s really only…” and then quote the standard time? Hmm.

Whatever you do with DST, don’t be late for the Women In History reception March 22 at 2 p.m. The program this year will different from prior years. Since this is the 100th anniversary of Women’s suffrage in Nevada, we are going to feature four Chautauquans portraying women who made a difference. Kim Copel will portray Lillian Virgin. Laurie Hickey will portray Dr. Eliza Cook. Kathy Noneman will present Bird Wilson. Holly Van Valkenburgh will be Anne Martin.

Since most of us know that Lillian Virgin is credited with starting Genoa’s Candy Dance and Dr. Eliza Cook was Nevada’s first female physician, we won’t tell you more about them. You’ll need to come to the reception to learn their history. However, Bird Wilson and Anne Martin may not be familiar names to all. Bird Wilson was an attorney and women’s rights activist. She began practice in Manhattan, Nevada – now a Nye County ghost town – where she did general civil law, mining and contract law. Anne Martin was a spirited young woman who was on the faculty at UNR and very active in women’s suffrage.

These four women were instrumental in bringing Nevada women the vote several years before the rest of the nation followed suit. To honor them and us today, plan to attend this Chautauqua performance and reception. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. See you there.

Where will you be on April 26? We hope with us at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center enjoying our Second Hand Rose Fashion Show and Luncheon. This year, The Loop and Sweet Repeats consignment stores will be showcasing their fashions. We will even have a runway for our models to walk. Salads will be served as well as tea and delicious homemade dessert. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Get your tickets early and reserve your table as seating is limited. Call 782-2555 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday to buy tickets with your credit card or come into the CV Museum during those hours.

May is Historic Preservation Month and the Douglas County Historical Society will celebrate the best of preservation by presenting the 2014 Douglas County Preservation Recognition Award to an organization whose contributions have demonstrated outstanding excellence in historic preservation and/or to an individual or group who have renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building. The Historical Society invites our members and the community to nominate an individual and/or organization deserving of this award. Nomination form and details are available at our front office or on our website at Interested parties can also contact the award coordinator, Marlena Hellwinkel at 775-721-9599. Deadline for submission of the nominations is May 1, 2014.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100% tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and occasional grants from public and private sources. 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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