Second Hand Rose fashion show Saturday |

Second Hand Rose fashion show Saturday

With the start of 2014 the Douglas County Historical Society has been working to expand their programs to include activities that will be sure to please all our Douglas County residents. Our committees are looking at special programs and events to showcase the historical aspects of our entire community from Lake Tahoe to Topaz Lake and the often forgotten Pine Nut Range and beyond. No matter where you live in Douglas County, we want you to know that these are your museums and this is your historical society.

If you are with us, we have so very much to tell you this week. Let’s start with the Second Hand Rose luncheon and fashion show noon Saturday in the Carson Valley Museum main gallery. We are featuring great food, fashions from two of our best consignment shops in town, The Loop and Sweet Repeats, music and great fellowship. If you’ve got your ticket, we’ll see you there at noon.

The May lecture series, on Thursday, May 8, features the return of Dr. Gene Hattori to speak on the history, legends and mystery of the Fremont Cannon. The doors open at 6 and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. We suggest arriving early as the last time he spoke, it was standing room only.

Senior-Student Day is being revised to Friends and Family Day. The first Saturday of every month is now a free admission day to the CV Museum. Combined with the free admission, DCHS will be hosting community demonstrating and special programs during the day and our Education Committee will be presenting programs and activities for children. This officially begins on June 7 with a “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the museum allowing visitors access to places normally off limits to the public. Places where they can see the many workrooms and facilities necessary to run the museum. Make plans to join us then.

June means the start of summer and once again this year our two museums will be Blue Star Museums offering free admission to active duty military with up to five family members. This program begins on Memorial Day and goes through Labor Day. If you have any questions, please call 782-2555.

May 2-4 is the opening of the Genoa Courthouse Museum. We will be open to help Genoa celebrate the Cowboy Festival with our grand opening 1-3 p.m. May 4. Come out to the festival and enjoy all things cowboy including our Pony Express Exhibit and the Genoa Jail. The courthouse museum will be open through October.

Most of you are aware of our summer activities. We have Chautauqua performances, our Taste of the Towns, our lecture series which, this year, will be in keeping with Nevada’s 150th, to mention just a few. This year we are adding a new attraction: Farm to Fork Harvest Dinner. Targeted to occur this fall, we are negotiating with our local farmers and merchants to orchestrate a dinner produced solely with produce and meats from within Douglas County. We are still working on the final details, but this is one event not to be missed.

Don’t miss a week of this column. We’ll keep you up to date on all the exciting events coming your way.

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 Douglas County from the Valley to the Lakes 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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