Now is the time to join the Douglas historical society |

Now is the time to join the Douglas historical society

For the first time in 20 years Douglas County Historical Society has found it necessary to raise our museum admission rate for adults. As of Wednesday, the rate increased from $3 to $ 5 per person at both the Carson Valley and Genoa Courthouse museums. This price is in line with other museums in the area. There is no rate increase for children 17 and younger.

This is just one more area where membership in DCHS saves you money. Entrance to our museums is free for DCHS members. Visit the museums four times as a non-member and you will have paid for your $20 single senior annual membership. Membership also means free admission to our monthly Second Thursday Lecture series. As a rule, our event tickets are always less for members. Membership also gets you a discount in the bookstore and first right to event tickets before the public is invited to buy tickets. Membership definitely has its benefits. We encourage you to join; membership applications are at the front desk of both our museums.

Both our museums are open for your pleasure during the summer. The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Courthouse Museum in Genoa is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Both museums are Blue Star museums offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. If you wish a formal tour of either museum, contact Cindy at 782-2555 to make arrangements. She will appoint a docent to conduct your tour.

Thursday is the date for our next Second Thursday Lecture series. We invite you to join author Paul Franklin as he discusses his book on mining history, assayers and ingots. Follow an investigation of a mysterious ingot and the three mining engineers and assayers on a journey that takes you back to the early mining days of the West. Their careers, spanning the second half of the 19th Century, intersected much of the early mining history in California and the territories of Arizona and Nevada. You’ll also be introduced to some of the important figures of the period and learn fascinating information about mining and silver and gold production, and the true importance of it in the booms of the west. Museum doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for nonmembers.

Our CV melos, cast and crew, are hard at work rehearsing for what has become the annual melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch. Performance dates are July 25 and 26 at 6 p.m. for the Battle of the Towns or “Are you a Mindenite or a Gardnervillain?” Tickets are now available online at They can be purchased in person 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 comfort.

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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