Still time to enter photo contest

Today is the last day to enter the Douglas County Historical Society's February photo contest. I'm hoping that some of you who attended Eagles and Agriculture will have captured really great eagle photos and will submit them to the contest. It's not too late to e-mail them to We already have several entries, but we'd love to see what you think February in Douglas County is all about.

Saturday is Student Day. We are putting on a reprise of Grace Dangberg and Bea Fettic Jones' "Portrait of a Pioneer Lady" in the downstairs meeting room of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. This is a three-person oral history describing some of the activities and domestic duties of a woman in Douglas County between 1851 and 1895.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with admission free to students accompanied by an adult. The bookletof the oral history is available at the Main Street Bookstore.

In my effort to condense the history of the vent on the museum front porch in last week's column, it seems I condensed it too much and misstated important information. The following is the correct information: "The vent came from the original Minden Livery or later known as Pioneer Motor Co. This 'barn' was torn down in 2003 (hence the saving of the vent) and is now a vacant lot. Additional information can be found in the Minden book by Wynne Maule." Thanks to Marlena Hellwinkel for the correction. Maule's book can also be found in the Main Street Bookstore.

It was brought to my attention that some people in Douglas County aren't aware that they can join the historical society. Membership is open to all for very reasonable fees. The members of the Douglas County Historical Society are a vital part in supporting the operations of the two museums, Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville and the Genoa Court House Museum. Without the members financial support we would be unable to operate.

Members are entitled to free admission at the both museums, receive a 10 percent discount on purchases in the gift shops, receive the quarterly newsletter and receive invitations to special events and discounts on special classes and educational programs. Applications for new membership can be found at or you can obtain an application at either museum. Memberships also make a nice gift for those hard to shop for people.

Remember, your Douglas County museums are self-supporting. We are the only museums in the state that do not receive any state or county money for any of our expenses. So consider joining the historical society and then look into volunteer opportunities that might interest you. We'd love to have you as a part of DCHS.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at the Carson Valley museum in Gardnerville at 782-2555. Visit our Web site at And if you have the time, the museum is always looking for interested volunteers.

-- Contact Ellen Caywood


or 790-1565.


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