Genoa Courthouse Museum closes its doors on Thursday |

Genoa Courthouse Museum closes its doors on Thursday

Did anyone doubt that fall would arrive? We shouldn’t have. Starting last Saturday with all that beautiful rain, our temps have been down in the fall range and leaves are blowing all over town. Makes us want to put on a pot of soup and sip hot cider.

With fall and the end of October comes the closing of the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. The official close date is Thursday, as Oct. 30 is a state holiday honoring Nevada Day. The museum will open again in May 2016.

Oct. 31, is the actual Nevada Day when our state was admitted into the union. This is the year to head up to Carso City for all the festivities and the Nevada Day Parade. Nevadans have the distinction of holding the largest statehood celebration in the nation with events all weekend, the highlight being the parade. Parade day kicks off with an 8 a.m. hot air balloon launch on Carson Street near the Carson Mall. At 10 a.m. a flyover of military aircraft signals the start of the parade. The parade concludes around 1 to 2 p.m.

That Sunday morning is Nov. 1. In addition to all the Nevada Day festivities, we have to remember to turn back our clocks on Saturday night because daylight savings time ends Nov. 1. We “fall back” and pick up that hour of sleep we lost last March.

Nov. 7 is the first Saturday in November and our Family Day. This Family Day is offering demonstrations of gingerbread house and snow globe making so your family can enter our Holiday Gala contests. Gingerbread houses can be made the traditional way with gingerbread or with an alternative craft such as felt or yarn. Last year we had an adorable gingerbread house that had been crocheted. The snow globes are waterless and are dioramas in a jar.

Now is also the time to be considering entering our Gallery of Trees contest. Entrants can be individuals, clubs, businesses or schools. Some of the best trees in past years have been decorated by our kids. Applications for all our contests are on our website at

The next event in November is our second Thursday lecture, Nov. 12. Wayne Scarpaci, artist/author was born into a Navy career family. While growing up the family was stationed mainly in the Washington D.C. and San Diego areas where he developed his lifelong interest and love of ships and trains. In 2002, he relocated to the Eastern Sierra, moving to Gardnerville in 2005, where he started a full-time art studio. In 2007, Scarpaci began writing about the ships he had painted, publishing his first book in 2008. His naval art encompasses warships and merchant ships of all types and of all eras with particular emphasis on battleships of the World War II and Cold War years 1933-1990. The doors open at 6 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission $3; free for DCHS members.

All monies donated to the Douglas County Historical Society are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The DCHS subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and 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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