Summer brings many activities to the museum |

Summer brings many activities to the museum

by Ellen Caywood

Summer is shaping up nicely. We have all kinds of events, entertainments and fundraisers for you. You can take your pick according to what interests you, or you can attend them all.We’ll start with this Thursday’s lecture on the Lincoln Highway. Jim Bonar will be talking about this 100-year-old historical wonder. Doors will open at 6:45 and the lecture will start at 7 p.m. Just a reminder, admission is $3, DCHS members get in for free.

June 14 to 16 at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park are storytelling days featuring fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales, and more. To get your tickets, call the ranch at 783-9417 for more information or visit This event is for the whole family.

June 15 is the Carson Valley museum’s flea market. We’ll open at 8 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Buyers, get there early as those treasures won’t be around long. Sellers, we have excellent Highway 395 visibility for your treasures. Rent a 10-foot-square space for only $20. Applications are available at the museum, 782-2555, or online at

Again this year some of our melodrama players and crew will be joining with the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park for a summer melodrama at the ranch. We will bring you a tale about the Pony Express complete with heroes, heroines and villains. Performance dates are July 13, and July 14. Both performances will start at 5 p.m. Call the park directly or visit their website for ticket information.

Speaking of the Pony Express, the annual re-ride is scheduled to be on June 26, at approximately 8:30 in the morning. The re-ride will start in St. Louis this year on June 17 and in just 10 days, riding day and night, reach Sacramento on the 27th. After the mochila exchange in front of the courthouse museum in Genoa, visit the courthouse museum to see our Pony Express exhibit and visual presentation. Then head over to Mormon Station State Historic Park. There will be a mochila exchange demonstration and more. This event is free to the public and something you and the kids will never forget.

The month of June also features our annual Young Chautauquans at Mormon Station State Historic Park. On the evening of June 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. our youngsters will give presentations on the historical characters they have been studying since January. This is an excellent opportunity gather the family for a picnic supper in the park. You can learn more about Young Chautauqua, a place where your kids can learn to express their own creativity. This is another free event open to the public.

What would summer be without concerts? The Dangberg Home Ranch is featuring a series of summer concerts this year. The first concert features the Mark Sexton Band and will be held on June 23, beginning at 5 p.m. on the park’s east lawn. Tickets are $10 for adults, free for 16 and younger, and are available locally at Joyce’s Fine Jewelry, Battle Born Wine, Plant It Nursery and The Entertainer.

June is the favorite month for weddings. Call 782-2555 to reserve the courtroom in the Genoa Courthouse Museum for your small wedding or rededication of vows. The rental fee is reasonable and your event will be most memorable.

Summer doesn’t stop after June and neither do we. In addition to the melodrama at the Dangberg Home Ranch in July, the Curse of the Hanging Tree returns to Genoa on July 19 and 20. Aug. 3, is the annual Taste of the Towns at the CV museum. We’ll have more information about these events and others as the summer progresses.

All monies donated to DCHS are 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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