Cookies on the menu for annual Holiday Gala |

Cookies on the menu for annual Holiday Gala

Douglas County Historical Society hosts a cookie walk during its annual Holiday Gala on Saturday. These are cookies from last year's walk.
Special to The R-C |

It certainly is looking a lot like Christmas around the CV Museum. All the trees are in and decorated. There are gingerbread houses, waterless snow globes, decorations, wreathes and garlands everywhere you look. And the fragrance – oh, my. All those Christmas cookies certainly perfume the air. Tomorrow at 10 a.m. we’ll throw open the doors and invite everyone in for our annual Holiday Gala.

Last Saturday was Small Business Saturday, and DCHS was a part of the festivities offering everyone 20 percent off all bookstore merchandise. We had a nice group of shoppers visit us and the winner of our Old Time Cooking Gift Basket was Rhonda Farmer. Congratulations Rhonda.

Since then we have spent the week watching tree decorating groups bring in an assortment of great trees. It seems each year is better than the last, and this year is no different. These trees are the best ever. We will judge each tree and announce the winning tree after the first of the New Year. Your vote counts; bring money and vote for your favorites with dollars or change. The tree that collects the most money will be the winning tree.

You can also vote for your favorite gingerbread house. Though the houses are judged by arts council representatives, there is a category for people’s choice. Your vote will establish the winner in that category. There will be an Artisans’ Reception on Dec. 19, from noon until 2 p.m. for all who contributed to our Gala and where the gingerbread house winners will be announced. This event is open to the public. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Another major part of our Holiday Gala is the first sales for the Melodrama, which isn’t a melodrama this year. Tickets will be available for six performances of “Murder at the Museum.” Performance dates are Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 4, 5, 6, 2016. Pick your date and buy tickets at the Gala.

Throughout the month of December everything in our Main Street Bookstore is 20 percent off. We urge you to shop with us; we have more unusual items and we are the lone remaining bookstore selling new books. We would also urge you to consider purchasing a one year membership for anyone on your gift list. Giving a membership shows your support for our museums and your regard for your friends. Besides, members receive discounted prices on events and bookstore merchandise.

And, looking forward into 2016, we also have our nomination forms available for the 2016 Women In History Remembering Award. Applications can be printed from our website, or at the main desk in the lobby of the CV Museum. Though the actual event will not take place until March, starting now will give you plenty of time to collect information on your nominee.

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. Please contact us for the full benefits of membership or any other aspect of the work done by the historical society at 782-2555, or visit our website at

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at