Saturday boasts Family Day at Valley museums |

Saturday boasts Family Day at Valley museums

Thanks to all you Melodrama fans, the Dangberg Home Ranch summer Melodrama was a huge success. Large crowds enjoyed each performance and marveled at the antics of our Carson Valley Melos. Thanks to the audiences who cheered them on and thanks to the CV Melos who outdid themselves one more time.

On a more serious note, DCHS needs our volunteers to step up and help out with front desk duty, particularly at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. The Courthouse Museum is supposed to be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Do you know how many years it has been since we have been open those hours on a Sunday? We realize that giving up a part of your Sunday isn’t always fun, but if everyone pitched in, each one would only have to give up three hours once every month or six weeks. Can you help? Call 782-2255 and tell them you’ll step up and help.

Tomorrow is the first of August and thus Family Day. The first Saturday of each month has been designated Family Day where families are offered free admission. This is a great opportunity for everyone to check out what is available at your local museum. Home schooling parents, there is no better place for your children to learn the exciting history of Nevada that in the place where that history is preserved. Given enough volunteers, both museums will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Active Military members, you don’t have to wait for Saturday. Our Blue Star Museum Program participation give you free admission every day we are open through Labor Day.

Our August Second Thursday Lecture features “A Chronological Look at the Black Community in Northern Nevada”. Helen Townsell-Parker will discuss the history of the black community in Nevada. Our speaker will share fifty years of documented history of a once small but mighty black community located north of Reno, called Black Springs. In 1954, an African American could not buy a house, get a mortgage, a construction loan, or purchase property in what was called Mississippi of the West. The lecture is August 13, at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for non-members.

On September 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., DCHS is hosting an All Class Reunion for everyone who has ever left a fingerprint on the old high school building which is 100 years old this year. 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.

Remember the ferocious wind storms last December? Many of us lost portions of fences, roofing or whatever else was not tied down. Our Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center lost our front lawn flag pole which had been erected in 1925. Soon we will tell you the whole story, but for now the pole has been replaced, thanks to our friends and supporters.

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, email or visit our website at


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