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Going into a busy time for Carson Valley museums

We have arrived at April which means that one quarter of the year is already gone. We'd better get going on some of our DCHS special events. We don't have a lot of time left.

The first thing you need to make sure is on your calendar for April is the historical lecture next Thursday at 7 p.m. Documentary filmmaker and author Nicholas Clapp will be our speaker. He will speak 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 for sale. Doors open at 6:45 and admission is $3 per person; free to members.

Next on the April agenda will be our History Mystery Luncheon, April 20. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with a search for answers to an assortment of questions concerning various displays in the Museum. For those of you who haven't lived here long, this valley has quite a history and descendants of the valley pioneers still live here today.

A typical historical question could be: In 1921, Carson Valley Meat Market owner August ______________ built a new brick building and moved his butcher shop from the _________. If you are the fourth or fifth generation of your family in the valley, you probably already know the answer to that question. For the rest of us, the museum will give us the answers as we search the pertinent exhibits.

Following this fun quest for valley history, there will be a luncheon set in our main gallery. For entertainment we have planned a skit entitled "Drillers in Millerville" and we will hear special guest speaker Dr. Michael Fisher. This promises to be a fun and informative day so call 782-2555 for your tickets. Tickets are $25 per person and seating is limited.

The Genoa Cowboy Festival is the weekend of May 3-5 and we will open the Courthouse Museum in time for the fun. The Courthouse Museum features exhibits on the Pony Express, Snowshoe Thompson and a Victorian sitting room with furnishings right out of Genoa's past. Stop by during the Cowboy Festival and be sure to see the jail downstairs. We'll be open seven days a week through October.

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Speaking of the Courthouse Museum, did you know that you can rent out the upstairs courtroom for small weddings and renewal of vows ceremonies? If you know a bride who would like something a bit out of the ordinary for her wedding, have her contact Cindy at 782-2555 for a brochure and prices. There are meeting rooms available for rent at the CV Museum as well.

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 theopportunity 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.