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Washoe stories a new staple

If there is any doubt about summer being here, all you need to do is check the high temperatures for the last week or two. If the thermometer says 90, it has to be summer. We at DCHS have some “cool” events coming up for your summer pleasure.

Did you get over to the CV Museum for the Washoe stories and legends program on Tuesday? We are pleased to announce the development of this new program at the Carson Valley Museum: Washoe People Story Telling. Come hear the stories and legends of the Washoe People in their native language with translations into English. The program was created to promote both learning and appreciation of the Washoe language including an appreciation of Native American culture. The program is held the first and third Tuesday of each month throughout the summer. The next one will be on June 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Free Admission.

This weekend is Carson Valley Days. The Borges Family has graciously arranged for us to use their old style hay wagon for Carson Valley Days. We are inviting all families and kids to ride with us. This year’s theme is, “A Pirates Life” and we are adding the tagline, “We Have the Treasure, Past Present and Future” recognizing the youth of our community. We hope you will dress as a pirate or in a historical costume. If you would like to ride with us in the parade please check-in at the front office,775-782-2555.

Earlier this year we told you about Historic Preservation Month and our Preservation Recognition Award which would be presented to an individual and/or organization that has renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building, while demonstrating excellence in historic preservation. The winners have been announced and the awards presented to them. They are COD Casino and Farmers Bank in Minden and The Pink House in Genoa. Congratulations to all and thank you for preserving our history.

The Pony Express Re-Ride will leave Sacramento on June 15, at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Genoa on June 16, at 11 a.m. You can follow this historic re-ride two ways. First, the Nevada Telephone Hotline number will be 1-855-809-8589 and will be active June 16-18, 24 hours per day. Recorded messages from Mobile Radio teams will announce time and location of the mail as it travels across Nevada. Second, a GPS unit will be carried in the mochila along with the letter and personal mail. The unit will transmit the location of the mail all the way to St. Joseph, pinging every 20 minutes. The device is the size of a small cell phone. You can follow the progress of the mail on the trail on the Pony Express Tracking Map. For more information, search for “Pony Express Re-ride 2016” on the internet.

The Great Race will be here on June 19 at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Though not a DCHS event, this special event is being held in our back yard. Heritage Park will be filled with hundreds of classic cars. Participants in the 2017 Great Race will be making a lunch stop in Gardnerville and will arrive around 12:30 p.m. We hope you will visit this event and also stop by the CV Museum. We’re doing a special opening to accommodate the event and admission will be free.

Membership in the Douglas County Historical Society helps fulfill our mission to the preserve our local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors. In addition to the benefits you receive as a member, your participation helps us maintain our educational programs promoting the cultural aspects and heritage of our community. Membership opportunities range from Student to Lifetime. Contact us for the full benefits of membership or any other aspect of the work done by the historical society at 782-2555, DCHS@HistoricNV.org or visit our website at http://www.historicnv.org.

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