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Historical society in need of photo identification help

by Ellen Caywood

We have three special events happening at the museum this Sunday starting at 1 p.m. And we are offering free admission to those attending these events, hoping that you will bring your family and friends with you. Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

At 1 p.m. the exhibit committee will unveil their newest Main Street diorama, a salute to the Nevada thirst parlor, our own CV Saloon. This exhibit is reminiscent of the early 20th Century bar and gaming culture of Carson Valley. It combines both historical and stylized elements and complements our profile of early life in the Valley. Given the recent announcement that the East Fork Hotel will be demolished this spring, this exhibit is so timely in reminding us of the need to preserve our history.

Next we will visit the grand opening of the Washoe Gourd Project, an exhibit of hand-painted gourds dedicated to the memory of Danny Wyatt and the Washoe Language Preservation Program. Painted by artist Charles Munroe each gourd represents one of the Washoe Tribal Elders and serves as tribute to Wyatt’s dedication to the preservation of the Washoe language. The exhibit will open with an artist’s Meet & Greet where Mr. Munroe will discuss his work and efforts in the preservation of the Washoe Language.

The afternoon culminates with “A Blast from the Past.” Our collections manger has an assortment of photographs, many of which are from recent times here in Carson Valley, but we do not know who is in them. Even if you do not know all the faces of Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe, these photos are a treat to see. Your contribution of even the smallest bit of information can help.

What would a January Main Street Moments column be without a report on the melodrama? We are moving right along with rehearsals and we have even started tossing in some of our infamous ad libs. However, there is the matter of tickets. If you have a special performance that you prefer to attend, you had better get tickets for it now. There are some performances which are nearly sold out – likely the very performances you want to attend. You can call 782-2555 and charge our tickets, but remember that four of the six performances are reserved seating. For the best choice of seats, come into the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday to buy those tickets.

Our Feb. 13, lecture speaker will be Dr. Gene Hattori. Dr. Hattori is Curator of Anthropology at the Nevada State Museum. He will speak on Nevada’s oldest petroglyphs. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. with the doors and the Main Street Bookstore opening at 6. Admission is free to members, $3 for nonmembers.

Our new website, http://www.historicnevada.net, is up and running. Check it out. It looks great.

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 http://www.historicnevada.net.

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at in2my2cats@yahoo.com.