Trunk to be opened May 15 to benefit Genoa museum |

Trunk to be opened May 15 to benefit Genoa museum

Staff reports

In celebration of National Historic Preservation week, a trunk owned by Eliza Park Hansen, niece of the famous Dr. Eliza Cook, will be opened at the Genoa Courthouse Museum, Friday, May 14 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family treasures that have been locked inside for decades will be taken out and hung up for display over the weekend, said Laurie Hickey, who along with Janice Hansen is planning the evening.

Champagne will be served and cost is $5. Call Hickey, 782-2893, for reservations.

On Saturday and Sunday, the contents of the trunk will be on display during museum hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items in the trunk date from the 1730s to the 1950s and feature items ranging from silver serving pieces to camisoles, slips and pantaloons. There are photos, quilts and adults’ and children’s clothing as well as shoes, belts, aprons and a program from the Carson opera.

“We want to share my grandmother’s keepsakes. There are years and years and generations and generations of stuff in that trunk,” Hansen said. “Then we are going to pack them away maybe in a few years we’ll do it again.”

Admission to the display over the weekend is $3 per person. All proceeds benefit the museum.

The Genoa Courthouse Museum is operated by the Carson Valley Historical Society.