Museum activities heat up in June |

Museum activities heat up in June

by Ellen Caywood
Bob Moore rides Casey on Highway 50 at Stateline during the annual Pony Express re-ride in 2013.
Shannon Litz file photo |

As the old song says, “June is busting out all over.” And we at DCHS are just bursting at the seams with things to do this month. We have parades and re-rides and Chautauqua; we’ll tell you all about it.

In the last couple of columns we have told you about our June lecture, the Pony Express Re-ride and the Carson Valley Days Parade. It’s time to go in depth on some of the other events going on.

First, tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month. This used to be student-senior day, but there are more age groups in Douglas County than school kids and grandparents. So we changed the day to Family Day where the whole family can come out to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for free. Grandparents, parents and kids can spend the day together at the museum enjoying the special programs we will have each month. So, plan to visit us between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow and every first Saturday from now on.

Next we want to tell you about this year’s Young Chautauqua performances. We would like all of you to join us 6:30 p.m. June 17 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Our Young Chautauquans will portray historic figures, such as Dat So La Lee, Sarah Olds and Meriwether Lewis. In addition the winners of the Sesquicentennial Essay contest sponsored by the Bessie Minor Swift Foundation will read their winning essays. Bring a picnic supper and blankets or chairs to sit on and enjoy an evening of free performances given by some of our very talented youth.

Also this month you can attend our lecture series 7 p.m. Thursday at the CV museum. As always, our doors and our bookstore will be open one hour earlier. Our speaker is Jack Folmar and his topic is the life of Adolph Sutro and his years before digging the Sutro Tunnel. Admission is free for DCHS members; $3 for all others.

June 12 is also the day scheduled for the Pony Express Re-ride through Genoa at approximately 11:30 a.m. We cannot encourage you strongly enough to bring the kids out to this event. While the Pony Express only existed for 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861, it has lived on in the romantic history of the West. Come see the mochila exchange, the Pony Express exhibits at the Courthouse Museum and all the other events that will take place. It will be a day your kids will never forget.

June 14, the Carson Valley Days Parade will go right past our front lawn. We have entered the parade this year and hopefully will have some of our DCHS members and fans march with us. After the parade, head over to Genoa to celebrate Nevada’s Sesquicentennial. Daytime activities will include historical presentations, demonstrations, and workshops.

Gardnerville’s Third Thursday Wine Walk is June 19 and the theme is Hawaiian. Dig out those Hawaiian shirts and stop by the CV museum to show them off.

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

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