Nothing beats a trip to the museum |

Nothing beats a trip to the museum

by Ellen Caywood

The best kept secret last weekend was Saturday’s cash mob at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. It was mentioned in Wednesday’s R-C, too late for inclusion into this column. We are sorry you missed the opportunity to check out the interesting and historical items we stock in our Main Street Bookstore. We are also sorry we missed the opportunity to get you into our museum to see the history of Douglas County we have so carefully preserved.

Therefore, we are extending an invitation for the whole community to visit our two museums, the CV museum in Gardnerville and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. The Courthouse Museum is open daily including Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The CV museum in Gardnerville is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission for each museum is $3 for adults, $2 for children 7-17, and free for children 6 and younger. Our next student-senior day will be June 1 when students accompanied by an adult and seniors 65 and older will be admitted for free.

Beginning Memorial Day, May 27, and continuing until Labor Day, our Blue Star Museum Program will admit active duty military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve members, with up to five family members for free. We would like to encourage our active military to bring their families out to our museums for a day’s entertainment on us.

Mother’s Day is Sunday. The Lion’s Club will be serving breakfast for the whole family from 8 until 11 a.m. in the CV museum parking lot for $6 per person. This is a treat for both mom and the kids and also a benefit for DCHS.

Wednesday, May 15, is the date for our Jethro’s Bar and Grille fundraiser. Pick up our flier at the CV museum, or download it from Bring the flier and your appetite to Jethro’s where they will not only feed you, but will donate a portion of your bill back to our museums. But you must bring the flier to qualify for the donation.

May 15 is also the deadline for the 2013 Douglas County Preservation Recognition Award to an individual and, or organization who has renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building, whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation. Applications are available at or by calling the historical society.

Our annual membership meeting for DCHS members will be held on May 16 at 7 p.m. at the CV museum. All members are invited to attend and encouraged to vote for new trustees. This is your opportunity to see how the historical society works and to find your place in it. Volunteering in whatever capacity interests you is very rewarding. Call the historical society for further information on the meeting or on current volunteer openings.

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

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at