Military families get free museum admission now through Labor Day |

Military families get free museum admission now through Labor Day

Once again we need to thank our museum visitors for their understanding and cooperation. None of those visiting the museums since our rate increase have complained. We thank you for understanding the need for a raise after 20 years of no rate hikes. We thank you for your patience and support.

Active service members, remember that you and your family have free admission to both our museums through the Blue Star Museums program which lasts through Labor Day. You can make a day of it by visiting both museums and planning a picnic lunch in Mormon State Park.

Since we last talked about membership in Douglas County Historical Society, the membership form is now available online as well as at our two museums. To obtain a form, got to and click on “Download DCHS Forms Here.” Scroll down to “Join DCHS Today,” read the information and then click on “DCHS Membership Form.” Print out that form, fill it in and mail it along with your check to DCHS, 1477 Highway 395, Suite B, Gardnerville, NV 89410-5214 or drop it by the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Got your tickets for the melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch yet? That’s coming up next weekend and you won’t want to miss this summer’s spoof on local history. Performance dates are July 25 and 26. Tickets are now available at They can be purchased at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Battle Born Wine and out at the ranch. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 16 and younger. Plan to bring a picnic supper and lawn chairs for comfortable seating.

Aug. 22 is the opening of the exhibit, “Tahoe – A Visual History,” at the Nevada Museum of Art for our Dat-So-La-Lee basket. The exhibit will run to Jan. 10 which will give us an opportunity to plan a trip to Reno to see the exhibit. The Nevada Museum of Art has organized the first major art historical survey exhibition of painting, Native baskets, photography, architecture and contemporary art dedicated to Lake Tahoe. This should be a must see for all our DCHS members and friends.

Also coming up are the August and September Second Thursday lecture series. August features “A Chronological Look at the Black Community in Northern Nevada,” on Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. Helen Townsell-Parker discusses the history of the black community in Nevada. The September Lecture features “The Gold Discovery at Aurora that Opened the Way to Settlement of Nevada Territory” on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Robert Stewart will speak on the gold discovery at Aurora that opened the way to settlement of Nevada Territory. Museum doors open at 6 p.m. for all lectures. Admission is $3 per person, free for DCHS members.

Don’t miss our Sept. 13, Centennial Open House and all class Reunion celebrating the 100th year of the old high school building and our Sept. 19 self-guided Home and Garden Tour on Mono and Esmeralda Avenues. More about these events as they get closer.

Membership in the Douglas County Historical Society helps fulfill our mission to the preserve our local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors. In addition to the benefits you receive as a member, your participation helps us maintain our educational programs promoting the cultural aspects and heritage of our community. Membership opportunities range from Student to Lifetime. Please contact us for the full benefits of membership or any other aspect of the work done by the historical society at 782-2555, or visit our website at

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