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Living history continues at Gardnerville museum

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Pat Cardinal will portray the late Grace Dangberg in the second of a series of living history presentations in celebration of Women’s History Month at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

Dangberg was granddaughter of H. F. Dangberg, who came to Carson Valley in the middle of the last century to establish a cattle ranch. He eventually owned several thousand acres comprised of several ranches.

His son, H. F. Dangberg Jr., established Minden, naming the town after the birthplace of his father.

Miss Dangberg was a respected scholar and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She wrote several books and studied the culture of the Washoe tribe.

She was a founding member of the Carson Valley Historical Society in the late 1960s. The Grace Dangberg Foundation was set up following her death. It supports educational and historic projects.

Cardinal will portray Miss Dangberg Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Exhibits and books pertaining to Women’s History Month will also be available. REfreshments will be served.

Coming next are Dr. Eliza Cook, a Chautauqua presentation by Cherry Jones and Eilly Orrum Bowers portrayed by Cathy Simpson. These two presentations will be made March 29, with Dr. Cook from 1 to 3 p.m. and Bowers from 2-4 p.m.

Dr. Eliza Cook practiced medicine in the Valley for 40 years. When she attend medical school, she was required to sit behind a screen in class. She died in the 1940s at the age of 91.

Bowers was married to Sandy Bowers. He struck it rich during the Comstock era, and the couple built the Bowers Mansion (now a public park) in Washoe Valley. He lost his fortune and died, and Bowers ended up as a fortune-teller in order to support herself.

The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center is open daily. The building was designed by Frederic Delongchamps in 1915 and it opened in 1916 as Douglas County High School.

The building was closed as a school in the 1980s and refurbished by the society from 1989 to 1995, when it re-opened as a cultural center. The building is located at 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

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