Ex-commissioner selected museum director
Former County Commissioner Barbara Smallwood has been selected by the Carson Valley Historical Society to be the director of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
Smallwood, a 17-year resident of Douglas County, said she has always been interested in history.
“I spend my personal time learning about the the history of the community,” she said.
Glenn Logan, president of the Historical Society, said Smallwood was selected for the position by the executive board based on her knowledge of the operation of business and her willingness to work part time and volunteer part time.
She has volunteered at the Carson Valley Museum as a docent for the last six months.
Smallwood will replace Debbie Byers, who served for about a year. Byers’ husband Kent, a Bently Nevada employee, was transferred to Italy.
Smallwood will be paid minimum wage for about 20 hours a week for scheduling volunteers and other museum operations, Logan said.
“The day-to-day operation of the museum is definitely a full-time task,” Smallwood said. “I’m basically a volunteer who loves the community.”
Smallwood has been active in the community serving on the Gardnerville Town Board for 3-1/2 years and the Gardnerville Town Water Co. from 1989 to 1992 and again since January. She was elected to the county commission in 1992 and served one term.
She has also been involved with parent groups at Douglas County schools and athletic programs.
The Historical Society is a non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteer help and a number of sources for funding – mainly fund raisers, donations and grants.
The society supports the museum on 1477 Highway 395 in Gardnerville and the Genoa Courthouse Museum, which has been directed by Shirley Giovancchini for about 12 years.
Both museums are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.