Museum offers free student, senior admission |

Museum offers free student, senior admission

by Ellen Caywood

There is so much going on at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center these days that we need a score card to keep up. We’ve told you about some of them, but here are a few more.

First, we did tell you about the essay contest. Third through fifth graders can win prize money for their efforts. In addition to that contest, we have a new kids’ page at the museum just in time for student-senior day this Saturday. This new page has information, games and more. Grab a grandparent and come on down this Saturday. You’ll both get in free and you’ll get a fun new page designed just for kids.

When were you last at the CV museum? Have you seen the new exhibit of antique bridal gowns in the main gallery? It is well known that women of the past were of smaller build, but once our exhibit committee began to assemble these gowns, this fact became abundantly clear. Despite access to a large array of mannequins for women and young girls, all were too large to accommodate the wedding dresses in our collection. However, like our ancestors utilizing whatever was at hand to remedy a situation, our exhibit committee improvised a collection of dress forms consisting of foam padding, batting, tissue paper, duct tape, PVC pipe and a few other things probably best not mentioned. We hope you enjoy the exhibit and perhaps do a little reminiscing of your own special day.

There is an upcoming reception honoring DCHS volunteers. Attendance is by invitation only, so we’ll just remind our volunteers that it is coming really soon and we hope to see them all there.

Other upcoming events include our Thursday lecture featuring Sherry Rupert, executive director of the State of Nevada Indian Commission. Sherry will present a history of the Stewart Indian School and the current effort to preserve the school as the Stewart Indian Cultural Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and our bookstore will also be open for your browsing pleasure.

April 26 is the date for our Second Hand Rose Luncheon and Fashion show. Enjoy a delightful salad and dessert lunch, served with tea (or coffee). Live models will show fashions available for purchase from the finest local consignment shops, The Loop and Sweet Repeats. This event starts at noon and is $20 for DCHS members, and $25 for nonmembers. Advance tickets are recommended as space is limited and we usually sell out early.

May is when we open the Courthouse Museum in Genoa for the summer season. We’ll have all the opening day information in future columns.

We live in the most amazing Valley. We may all have different interests, yet we seem to complement each other. You know that we at DCHS put on an annual melodrama. What many of you may not know is that those who give their time to our melodrama also give their time to the Dangberg Home Ranch summer melodrama and Carson Valley Community Theatre. We have a lot of very talented people in this valley and we owe them a standing round of applause. Come out to the CVCT productions and the melodramas; you’ll have a wonderful time.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society subsists primarily on donations, a small annual appropriation from Douglas County, and occasional grants from public and private sources. 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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