Women in history

Scores of people turned out Sunday to honor the contributions of four Douglas County women.

This was the seventh year of the Douglas County Historical Society remembrance project "Douglas County Women: Footprints in History."

In all, 81 women from all walks and ages of Douglas County life have been honored by the historical society since 2000.

Fully half that number were recognized in the first two years of the event, but then the historical society had some catching up to do.

After all, Carson Valley is one of the first settled places in Nevada and there were 150 years of remarkable women who contributed to its history.

The honorees over the years have read like a Who's Who of Carson Valley and include such notables as Louisa Beatrice Mott, first white child born in Carson Valley, Hope Falcke and present Valley residents such as Barbara Byington and Rhoda Chichester.

Names such as Aldax, Trimmer, Cordes, Falcke, Hollister, Giovacchini, Henningsen and Smokey have appeared over the years.

The womens' names and biographies are archived in the Van Sickle Library at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

This annual event is a valuable way to remember our history and recognize those who are contributing to our community today.


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