Melodrama murder mystery on its way |

Melodrama murder mystery on its way

It has been a sad start to 2016 for DCHS members and staff. First, on Jan. 19 Richard Smith passed away. Richard was DCHS president Pat Maebe’s husband and DCHS facilities manager for many years. Then on Jan. 20, Mike Murphy passed away. Mike was a Pony Express re-rider as well as our singing Irish tenor cowboy in both the summer and winter Melodramas. Our love and prayers go out to the families of both men. Their passing leaves giant holes in our organization and in our hearts.

Next Monday is the first of February which means that “Murder in the Museum” is only four weeks away. The first weekend of performances is Feb. 26, 27 and 28. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members and there is no reserved seating. Curtain time is 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening and 2 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Doors will open one hour prior to each performance. Present your tickets and we will give you reserved signs to place on the seats of your choice.

It has been brought to our attention that some of you are hesitant to buy tickets because you are afraid “audience participation” means you will have to go up on stage with the actors. Not true. You will have a say in who committed the murder but you won’t have to be on stage. However, if you do really want to be on stage, contact the director or Dave Thomas. We are always looking for actors for our productions.

Next weekend is our February Family Day. On Feb. 6, starting at 10 a.m. we will be presenting this year’s Young Chautauqua program. Bring your children aged 8 and up and learn how they can participate in this free educational program. This program is for both home schoolers and public schoolers. As we have said before, if your child has a flair for the dramatic (and what child doesn’t?) bring them to the museum this Saturday for the start of the Young Chautauqua program for 2016.

Other upcoming events include our Second Thursday Lecture series on Feb. 11. Helen Townsell-Parker is the founder of the Westbrook Foundation and author of “A Cry For Help,” the story of the struggles and victories of the Black Springs community of Northern Nevada. Her book chronicles the 50 years of documented history, of a once small but mighty black community where an African American could not buy a house, get a mortgage, a construction loan or purchase property in Nevada. Again, the lecture starts at our new time, 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members and $3 for non-members.

Nominations for Women in History Remembering Project will be accepted until March 1. Applications are available at the CV Museum front desk and online at Nominees need to have lived in Douglas County at some point and contributed to the quality of life here.

There are seats to be filled on the DCHS Board of Trustees at the end of our fiscal year in May. Nominations for prospective board members open Feb. 1. Please call the DCHS office, 782-2555, or visit for more information as of Feb. 1. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1.

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