Girl Scout Troop 2003 sweep gingerbread contest |

Girl Scout Troop 2003 sweep gingerbread contest

Girl Scout Troop 2003 won People's Choice and Best of Show for the gingerbread house decorting contest.
Special to The R-C |

Happy New Year to all from your Douglas County Historical Society. May 2014 bring you joy, love and prosperity.

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 2003 gingerbread house Best of Show and People’s Choice Award winner. This year’s gingerbread house entries were outstanding.

Have you voted for your favorite decorated Christmas trees in our Gallery of Trees yet? Have you voted a lot? Don’t miss the chance to vote as the tree with the most monetary votes will win. We’ll announce the winners right here, right after the first of the year.

While you are there voting for your favorite tree, stop in the bookstore and pick up your melodrama tickets. The performance weekends are Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 28-March 2. That may seem like a long way away, but you know how time flies and you won’t want to miss this year’s antics. We melos know how to make you laugh.

Bob Ellison will be our lecture speaker on Jan. 9. Bob is a longtime resident of Carson Valley and the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and three books on Nevada history: “Territorial Lawmen of Nevada,” “First Impressions, the history of the emigrant trail through Carson Valley from 1848-1851,” and “Longbeard, the story of Warren Wasson.”

Bob will tell us the story of Richard Sassaway Watkins, forgotten pioneer, born in Maryland in 1826. With the discovery of the Comstock, Watkins came to the East Slope of the Sierra as one of our early pioneers. He became the first man to claim the ground where Carson City’s airport and hot springs are. When the Paiute Battle of 1860 arose, Watkins led the Silver City Guard in the first encounter. He was wounded but survived. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $3, free to members of DCHS.

Chautauqua is a funny sounding word meaning an educational meeting with drama and music in an outdoor setting. DCHS invites all students in grades 3 to 8 to participate in its Young Chautauqua program. If your child is interested in drama, speech, history, or costumes this may be the program for them as they can pick a character from history and create a performance in costume. When finished they will perform at community events. Working meetings with group leaders are held evenings twice a month at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville from Jan. 7 until June. The program is free of charge. For more information call Iris Blaisdell, program director, at 775-392-1772. Remember the Gardnerville museum is open on the first Saturday of every month with free admission for children and parents.

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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