Main Street Bookstore sells collectibles, too |

Main Street Bookstore sells collectibles, too

Merry Christmas to all our members, friends and column readers. May this be a season of great joy for you all.

If you haven’t seen our Gallery of Trees in the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, please stop by between now and the end of the year to see all our beautiful trees and vote for your favorites. Check out our gingerbread houses and, if you stop by today, you may still be able to vote for your favorite there as well. Our Main Street Bookstore is still featuring sales items and collectibles for your holiday decorating fun.

While you’re there, pick up your 2014 melodrama tickets. Someone was commenting just the other day that it’s only December yet the Saturday night tables are already half sold out. Our melodramas always sell out. It could be because they are such good laughs, poking fun at the goings on in our town. Or, it could be that there is nothing else going on in the dead of winter and we all want to get out for an hour or so of laughs. Whatever motivates you, get your tickets and prepare for a great time.

January will be here in just a bit over a week and we really do have events planned for you. First, Jan. 4, is student-senior day, where seniors (65 and older) and students accompanied by an adult get into the museum for free. There is a museum scavenger hunt for the kids with prizes. This is a great opportunity for adults to introduce kids to the history of Carson Valley, Nevada and the West.

DCHS invites all students third to eighth grade to participate in its Young Chautauqua program beginning Jan. 7. If your child is interested in drama, speech, history or costumes, this may be for them. This program is free of charge. For more information call Iris Blaisdell, program director, at 392-1772.

Bob Ellison will be our lecture speaker on Jan. 9. Bob is a longtime resident of Carson Valley and the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and three books on Nevada history: “Territorial Lawmen of Nevada,” “First Impressions, the history of the emigrant trail through Carson Valley from 1848-1851” and “Longbeard, the story of Warren Wasson.”

Bob will be telling us the story of Richard Sassaway Watkins, forgotten pioneer, born in Maryland in 1826. With the discovery of the Comstock, Watkins came to the East Slope of the Sierra as one of our early pioneers. He became the first man to claim the ground where Carson City’s airport and hot springs are. When the Paiute Battle of 1860 arose, Watkins led the Silver City Guard in the first encounter. He was wounded, but survived.

The lecture will be at the CV museum, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open around 6 p.m. and the bookstore is open for your browsing and buying pleasure. Admission is $3; free to DCHS members.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

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