First lectures of 2015 feature Carson City history in motion |

First lectures of 2015 feature Carson City history in motion

by Ellen Caywood
The first chapter of the History in Motion story was Eagle Valley located at the North Carson Street Interchange. The soaring eagle and its corresponding shadow is reminiscent of Eagle Station, where the valley got its name.
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We at DCHS wish a happy and healthy New Year for everyone. May 2015 be the best yet.

Who won the best tree in the Gallery of Trees? We won’t know that until next week, but you can be sure we will let you know as soon as we know. We’ll also let you know who won the People’s Choice of the gingerbread houses.

We have a brand new year with a lot of interesting events planned. We’ll continue with some favorite events, like the Second Thursday lecture series, and we’ll add some new events as well. We’ll also continue to improve on all we do so you enjoy spending your time at our museums.

Tomorrow and every first Saturday of the month is Family Day where admission is free for everyone. We often feature demonstrations of crafts or artistries. Bring the whole family; there are several activities for the kids and the adults will enjoy the history of Douglas County we have preserved for you.

The January Second Thursday lecture features Mary Fischer speaking about Carson City History in Motion. Have you noticed the sculptures along the Carson City bypass and on the overpasses? Vignettes along the bypass to the south as far as Fairview Drive relate to the history of Carson City. Other vignettes are planned for Phase II of the Bypass project when the Bypass connects with Route 50 at the base of Spooner Summit. The lecture will be on Thursday, with doors opening at 6 p.m.; the lecture begins at 7. Admission is $3 per person, free to DCHS members.

The upcoming lecture in February will feature Jack Hursh recounting his experience refurbishing a late 19th-century Gothic Revival home in Reno. March will feature Phillip Earl discussing Hollywood in the Wild West.

March is also Women In History month. We are celebrating six women who have made a difference in Douglas County at our reception on Saturday March 21, from 2-4 p.m. If you know of someone who has made a contribution and would like to nominate her, please go online to our website at and print out an application. We will need a picture, biography and a few objects from her life to display at the museum. You may also pick up an application at the CV Museum front desk. The deadline for Women In History submission is March 2. Admission to the reception is free and refreshments will be served. Call 782-2555 for information or email us at

There’s a melodrama coming in late February. When the dead of winter hits and there is nothing to do, we put on a melodrama spoof of our local history mixed in with events of today. We can’t describe it, but if you’ve ever seen one, you know what we mean. Tickets are on sale now, but don’t wait too long. We will sell out; we always do. Call 782-2555 for details.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent 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 Douglas County from the Valley to the Lakes 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

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at