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Historical society prepares for busy April

Last Saturday’s Women In History reception was quite an event. The six women honored are wonderful examples of who should be nominated each year. Douglas County may not be the largest county in the United States, but it contains more gifted women than most of the others. Thanks to all who worked on the event and congratulations to the nominated women and their families.

April 2 is Family Day where admission to the museum is free. We have planned a program featuring the Jobs Peak Fiber Arts group who will present a hands-on demonstration of the materials and techniques used in these fun family crafts including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting – anything to do with natural fibers. The demonstration will run from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The next happening at the CV Museum is our Second Thursday Lecture on April 8. Local historian Karen Dustman will speak on “History’s Mysteries: Twelve Tales from the Fredericksburg Cemetery.” Just a few miles south in Carson Valley and just over the line in Alpine County, the Fredericksburg Cemetery is the final resting place of many pioneers from the old ranching families. Learn why the oldest grave in the cemetery predated the cemetery’s opening by nearly 20 years and other fascinating tales. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the lecture starting at 6:30. Admission is $3 per person; free for DCHS members.

April 23 is Bloomers, Bustles and Bows. This is our annual spring luncheon with a historic twist this year. Jan Loverin curator of the Marjorie Russell textile collection for the Nevada State Museum in Carson City will speak to us about the history of women’s unmentionables and will have some of those historic garments on display. Tickets are now on sale at the CV Museum Bookstore for $25 per person, $20 for DCHS members. We advise purchasing tickets early as this is one of our more popular events and tickets will sell out. The luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m.

April 29, is the opening day of the Genoa Cowboy Festival and the seasonal opening of the Courthouse Museum in Genoa. The festival will run from Friday through May 1. The Courthouse Museum will be open through October.

Also coming up soon is our DCHS annual election of trustees and officers. The ballot will be in the second quarter newsletter, Museum Matters, due out April 1. Follow the instructions in the printed newsletter or the electronic version. Your vote counts. Last year one candidate won election by only one vote. Among our members your vote really does count.

As you can see, most events we mention here feature a general admission ticket price and a lower DCHS membership ticket price. That’s just one of the benefits we offer our members. We also offer free admission to our two museums, our quarterly newsletter and a discount at our bookstores. Membership is reasonably priced. Join with us in preserving the history of this amazing place we call home.

Membership in the Douglas County Historical Society helps fulfill our mission to 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. Contact us for the full benefits of membership or any other aspect of the work done by the historical society at 782-2555, DCHS@HistoricNV.org or visit our website at http://www.historicnv.org.

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