Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park hires curator
The Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch has hired Mark Jensen as curator of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. Jensen will oversee interpretive activities, events, collection management, volunteers, fund raising and other aspects of the park’s operations and preservation.
“Hiring a curator to manage the Dangberg property and its extensive collection is a major milestone for the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.” said Mike Hall, president of the board of trustees of the Friends. “This collection deserves a professional curator, and we are very fortunate to be able to retain Mark, with his considerable credentials and dedication to the Home Ranch.”
Jensen is the organization’s first and only employee, though he has served as the park’s curator in a volunteer capacity since July of last year, when Nevada State Parks ended its management agreement with the county due to state budget cuts. The Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch is a non-profit that operates the park in cooperation with Douglas County. The organization is led by a nine-member board and has more than 100 members.
Jensen has been involved with the park since 2005, first as a consultant working to catalog the park’s artifact, document and photograph collection, then as the state park interpretive and curatorial ranger. In addition to independent consulting work, his career includes positions as supervising archivist for the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and as the curator of the Alf Engen Ski Museum near Park City, Utah. He is a Certified Archivist and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Utah.
“It’s always been a privilege to be associated with the Dangberg Home Ranch and help people understand this important piece of Carson Valley history,” Jensen said. “The Home Ranch is a hidden treasure, but as more people experience it through the events we have planned it will become a recognized and valued part of the Carson Valley community. The Dangbergs worked to improve the valley’s quality-of-life, and the park’s programs will reflect that tradition.”
Guided tours of the Dangberg’s historic residence are offered year-round. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 783-9417. Tour admission is $8 for adults, free for 16 and younger. The park is also available for weddings and other private rentals.
For more information, visit http://www.dangberghomeranch.org
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants. The Dangbergs were the most prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits and other public events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County.