Historical society seeks to attract new volunteers

The Douglas County High School display in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center features Red Swift’s tiger.

The Douglas County High School display in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center features Red Swift’s tiger.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

The Douglas County Historical Society is actively searching for volunteers and museum docents to assist with special event programming, organizational publications, and front desk operations. Those interested in learning more about the many programs sponsored by DCHS are invited to their Volunteer Coffee Social 9 a.m. Monday.

DCHS Volunteer Coffee Socials are typically held the first Monday of each month at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Main St. in Gardnerville. This first social of 2023 was moved to the second Monday due to the New Year’s Day observance taking place on Jan. 2. The next social is scheduled for Feb. 6.

DCHS Board President Linda Lechien said attendees can enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries as they hear about the organization’s events and activities planned for 2023. She said most of the programs offered by DCHS are made possible through the efforts of volunteers and that there’s plenty of variety to choose from regarding when and how a person gives their time.

“We’ve always got something fun going on,” Lechien said.

DCHS is a private, non-profit corporation with a mission “to enrich lives by preserving and collecting local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors.” They operate the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville and the Genoa Courthouse Museum, located at 2304 Main Street in Genoa.

For more information about DCHS or the upcoming volunteer social, log onto historicnv.org or call 775-782-2555.

Pet adoption event Jan. 14

If you’re looking to add a furry friend to your family in this new year, Douglas County Animal Services and Douglas Animal Welfare Group are here to help.

The two organizations are partnering to host Betty White’s Birthday Adoption Event on 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jan. 14 at 921 Dump Road in Gardnerville. This is the second year for the event, held in honor of animal lover and advocate Betty White, who passed away on New Year’s Eve 2021 at the age of 99.

Last year, animal service organizations all around the nation held adoption events in loving memory of White. The local 2021 event was well-attended and resulted in a number of successful pet placements.

Dogs and cats of all ages are available at this year’s event, and anyone interested in adopting a pet is invited to attend, meet the animals, and see if there’s a potential match.

The day also offers an opportunity for those interested in volunteering to learn more about DCAS and DAWG and the services they provide in support of animal wellness and community education and support. Light refreshments will be served.

More information can be found at communityservices.douglascountynv.gov/animal_services. The DAWG web address is dawgrescue.com. For questions about the upcoming adoption event, call 775-782-9061.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.


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