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Get your melodrama tickets early

by Ellen Caywood

There are lots of things going on at your local museums this winter, but we still need to remind you to get those melodrama tickets ASAP. We know the people of this Valley, and we know that you get busy and put off buying your melodrama tickets. We understand life happens quickly and there is nothing you can do to slow it down. However, buy those tickets first. Then you won’t have to worry about getting them later. Call 782-2555 and order them by credit card. They’ll be waiting for you at show time.

First, and most important to us at DCHS, our new website,, should be up and running sometime this week. However, we aren’t done yet. Over the next few months we will be adding more conveniences to the site. Check back often to see how we are progressing.

A new “Thirst Parlor” will soon be joining all the other Main Street businesses at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. The exhibit committee has been busy the past few months transforming a downstairs storage area into the newest business on our Main Street. The Saloon is located across from the Mercantile. A grand opening will be held 1 p.m. Jan. 26. Even though you won’t actually be able to belly up to the bar, we will certainly serve appropriate beverages upstairs in the Main Gallery. Everyone is invited and there will be no admission fee.

Feb. 13 will be the next installment of our Lecture Series. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture, which will feature Gene Hattori speaking on Nevada’s oldest petroglyphs, will start at 7 p.m. Quoting Dr. Hattori, “Rock art is a common term used to describe images painted on stone, ‘pictographs’ or those that have been chipped, abraded, or carved into stone, ‘petroglyphs.’” According to experts, these petroglyphs in Nevada may be some of the oldest in the country. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.

What happens after the February lecture? The melodrama, of course. Do plan to join us at one of our six performances this year to cheer Nevada as we celebrate 150 years as a state. Cheer the heroine, boo the villain and just laugh at the rest of the antics. You have no idea what you’ll miss if you aren’t there.

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 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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