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History of Nevada Day

An Admission Day (Nevada Day) parade entry from Genoa prior to 1944. Mrs. Percy (Agnes) Train, then owner of the Pink House, is in the center with the tea cup and is wearing Lillian Virgin Finnegan's wedding attire.
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Happy Nevada Day, fellow Nevadans. Today we celebrate 151 years as a state. The first known observance of Nevada Day (originally known as “Admission Day”) was by the Pacific Coast Pioneer society during the 1870s. It was not until 1933 that the state legislature designated Oct. 31 as Nevada Day and a state holiday. Nevada Day is now observed on the last Friday in October. But most of the big events in Carson City, including the parade, occur on the following Saturday.

Have you ever wondered why California (31st state) and Nevada (36th state) were admitted to the union so far ahead of other western states like New Mexico (47th state) and Arizona (48th state)? Follow the money. California had all the gold and Nevada had all the silver to help the North win the Civil War. You know the state song if you have ever attended one of our Melodramas. We sing “Home Means Nevada” at the end of every performance.

Tomorrow is the Nevada Day Parade in Carson City and Halloween for all the trick-or-treaters. Turn your clocks back before going to bed because Sunday, is the start of standard time.

From now until New Years’ is going to seem like a roller coaster ride. There are so many things to do, so many chores to get done and time will seem to fly past. We’ll start with next weekend. Nov. 11 is Veterans’ Day and we at DCHS plan to honor the holiday with a reception at the CV Museum. We will also feature several special patriotic decorations on display. In honor of all veterans and active duty military the DCHS is offering free admission and light refreshments to be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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. The snow globes are waterless and are dioramas in a jar. Dennis Little and Cindy Rogers from DCHS will demonstrate the techniques involved between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Our Annual Holiday Gala is Dec. 5, starting at 10 a.m. However, if you want to enter any of our contests, you will need to submit an entry form (no charge for entries) before that. Thanksgiving weekend is when all the decorated trees, gingerbread houses, snow globes, etc. come into the museum. Stop by the front desk or visit historicnv.org for entry forms and dates for entries to be in place. Then spend a bit of your holiday with us on Dec. 5. We will have our annual cookie walk, selfies with Santa, and all the other events you have come to expect. And we have the best viewing area in town for the Parade of Lights that evening.

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 (775) 782-2555, DCHS@HistoricNV.org or visit our website at http://www.historicnv.org.

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