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April events feature lecture, luncheon

by Ellen Caywood

Happy Easter. May this Easter bring joy to everyone’s heart.

Our Women in History presentation and reception last weekend was a huge success. Our thanks to Harrah’s, A Wildflower and Smiths for their generous support. Thanks also to our presenters, our honorees and their family and friends for such a delightful afternoon. You may just want to start looking around now for whom you could honor at next year’s Women in History event.

Next week starts the month of April and our first event will be our lecture on April 11. Nicholas Clapp will be our lecture speaker. Documentary filmmaker and author, Nicholas Clapp has studied and filmed the deserts of the world. He will be speaking about the Mojave Desert and the towns of Tonopah and Goldfield. His book “Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of the Last Frontier” will be available. Our doors open at 6:45 and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $3, or free to DCHS members.



On April 20, we will present our History Mystery Luncheon. Beginning at 11 a.m. luncheon guests will search for answers to an assortment of questions concerning various displays in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center with lunch beginning at 12:15 p.m. There will also be a Your Choice drawing and our special guest speaker, Dr. Michael Fischer. Glennis Hill and Caryl Anderson will perform a skit entitled “Welcome to Millerville” for our entertainment. Tickets are on sale now for $25 per person. Space is limited and tickets are selling fast, so get yours soon.

Cowboy poetry returns to Genoa the weekend of May 3-5. While you are enjoying the festivities, stop by the Courthouse Museum. We’ll be open and glad to share the history of Genoa with you. The Courthouse Museum will be open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October. If you have some free time you’d like to volunteer, give us a call. We’d love to have you join us working to preserve Douglas County history.



May 9, DCHS will present lecture speakers Dick and Wanda Canton. They will tell us about their book “Bodie Railway & Lumber Co., Railroad in the Sky, 1881-1917.” Dick and Wanda along with like-minded railroad fans formed the “Friends of the Bodie Railway” in the late 1990s. Their book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

On May 12 from 8–11 a.m., the Lions Club will host their Mother’s Day pancake breakfast in the CV museum parking lot. The price is $6 per person and benefits the historical society.

Then on May 15, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Jethro’s Bar and Grill in the Ranchos will hold a Dining for Dollars event to benefit the historical society. Flyers must be presented at the time of dining to earn a donation from Jethro’s. Flyers are available at the CV museum and on line at historicnevada.org.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley 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 782-2555 or visit our website at http://www.historicnevada.org.

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