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Volunteers needed for front desk duties at museums

On Aug. 22, the Nevada Museum of Art will open an exhibit which will include the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's Dat-So-La-Lee basket.
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Last week we told you everything you could ever want to know about membership in Douglas County Historical Society and our two museums.

Hopefully we got you hooked, because this week we want to talk to you about volunteering at one or both of those museums.

There are a lot of jobs open to volunteers, but perhaps the most important is working our front desks.

The volunteer at the front desk is the first person our visitors meet. That volunteer sets the tone for the visitor’s entire stay.

Are you someone who likes greeting the public and likes meeting new people? If you are, call 782-2555 to volunteer for front desk duty.

You can volunteer once a week, once or twice a month or as a substitute on stand-by.

You can volunteer at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville or at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa or both.

In the continuing saga of the Carson Valley Days pins, we have received numerous calls and now have a complete set of pins 1978-2014.

We are still missing 1973-1975, and 1977. We have learned that 1973 was the first year for the pins.

Thank you to all who have called to donate pins to complete our collection. If you would be willing to donate those missing from the 1970s, we would be thrilled to have them.

Call Gail at 782-2555 for more information.

On Aug. 22, the Nevada Museum of Art will open an exhibit which will include our Dat-So-La-Lee basket. Many of you may not have known that DCHS has a basket woven by Dat-So-La-Lee. Louisa Keyser, or Dat So La Lee (ca. 1844/55 – Dec. 6, 1925) was a celebrated Native American basket weaver.

A member of the Washoe people in northwestern Nevada, her basketry came to national prominence during the arts and crafts movement and the “basket craze” of the early 20th Century. This exhibit should run for a while so we can plan to go to Carson to see it.

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 designed by famed architect Frederic deLongchamps.

Festivities begin at 1 p.m. with a reception including an open microphone for graduates to share their memories of the time spent at the school. At 3 p.m. we will take a group photo on the front steps of all graduates in attendance. Beverages and light refreshments will be served.

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 http://www.historicnv.org.

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