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Volunteers needed for courthouse museum

by Ellen Caywood

Last week it seems I misstated the Sunday hours for the Genoa Courthouse Museum. Due to a shortage of volunteers, the hours the museum is open are often cut to 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Genoa is a busy summer tourist site and our museum is one of the main attractions. We need volunteers so we can stay open longer every Sunday. Years ago I volunteered in Genoa on Sunday afternoons. It was great fun and the people were wonderful. Please call the museum and tell Cindy you’ll volunteer one or two Sundays a month – or all four. You won’t be sorry you did.

Summer officially starts Memorial Day and we are ready. We have a lot of events planned for you this summer, as always, and we will participate in the Blue Star Museums program again this year. Blue Star Museums offers free admission to active duty military with up to five family members. This program goes through Labor Day. Tell any military families you know to come out and enjoy a tour of the museums on us.

We are offering a special event at our next Student-Senior Day, Saturday, June 1. Jobs Peak Fiber Arts Group will be at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Come learn the process of raising sheep for wool, shearing, processing and dying the fleece. Watch artisans card, clean, spin, weave, felt and knit. Exhibition will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seniors, 65 and older, and students accompanied by an adult admitted free. The June 13, lecture will feature Jim Bonar speaking on “The Lincoln Highway.” This highway, now 100 years in our history, was documented through photographs and journals by the Lincoln Highway Association. Please join Jim as he takes us on a nostalgic drive down the old rock road and experience the adventure of crossing the country on this highway in its youth. The doors open at 6:45 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.



DCHS will hold its first flea market of the year on June 15, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the CV museum. Get all your “junque” together and rent your space soon. A 10-foot-by-10-foot space rents for $20. For more information, call the historical society or see our web site under calendar of events. You can also pick up an application at the CV museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except Sunday.

And don’t forget Chautauqua in the Park on June 19, 5-8 p.m. at Mormon Station State Historic Park, Genoa. Bring the whole family and make a memorable evening out of it with a picnic supper.



The historic Dangberg Home Ranch will be the setting for a series of summer concerts showcasing local and regional acts performing a mix of rock, blues, jazz, folk and standards. The concerts are scheduled one per month in June, July and August. We’ll have more information on these and the second annual summer melodrama in future columns.

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 http://www.historicnevada.org.

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at in2my2cats@yahoo.com.