Home Ranch for the Holidays exhibit at Dangberg | RecordCourier.com

Home Ranch for the Holidays exhibit at Dangberg

by Caryn Haller
Antique board games that belonged to Katrina Dangberg (1911-1995) are displayed on a couch at the Dangberg Ranch on Thursday.
Brad Coman |

The Dangberg’s stockings are hung by the chimney with care along with other toys, games and ornaments antique and rare.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park’s toy exhibit is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today through Sunday.

“There’s a lot of old favorites people like to see like the cast iron cook stove and the cardboard farm,” park curator Mark Jensen said. “We have one tree that’s almost all Dangberg ornaments.”

Jensen said it takes volunteers two weeks to sort through the 300 artifacts and set up the exhibit.

The stockings, however, are his favorite.

“They’re the family’s stockings from 1939 or earlier,” he said. “They’re in great condition, and each one is labeled with the family members’ name.”

Jensen has been slowly pouring through the family’s personal letters to piece together exactly how they spent the holidays in order to possibly give a guided tour of the home next year with storytellers in character.

“One of the things we like to find out from the letters is what did they do? What kinds of presents did they get?” Jensen said. “One of the things we do have are hundreds of Christmas cards. Gertrude loved them.”

This is the seventh year the park has hosted the toy exhibit which draws a couple hundred visitors each year.

The exhibit is free of charge, and donations are welcome.

The park is located at 1450 Highway 88 in Minden. The entrance is about ¾ mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.

For more information call 783-9417 or visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/dangberghomeranch.