Historical society honors seven women
April 21, 2005
The Douglas County Historical Society recently honored seven Douglas County women during its sixth annual Women’s History Remembering Project.
This project was inspired by the National Women’s History Project and the Nevada Women’s History Project.
It is the goal of the historical society to gather history of Douglas County women who have made a significant historical contribution to the quality of life in Douglas County.
The biographies of these honorees are archived in the Van Sickle Research Library at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, as well as with the Nevada Women’s History Project in Reno.
This year’s theme was “Douglas County Women: Guardians of Us All.” Women honored were Louisa Beatrice Mott, nominated by Bea Jones; Vera Gesselman, nominated by Jane Lehrman; Virginia Kizer, nominated by Lenora Kizer; Lois Brooks Hailey, nominated by Linda Reid; and Marcella Oxoby, nominated by Kathryn Oxoby.
Each honoree recieved a certificate from the historical society with a red rose.
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During the program, the Historical Society was accepted into the Nevada Women’s History Project Roll of Honor.
Accepting certification from NWH first vice-president Cherry Jones was Hap Fisher, DCHS president.
Flowers for the occasion were donated by Just Roses, Suzi MacMillian and A Wildflower.
Participants in the historical society’s Young Chautauqua Women’s program greeted the public while handing out programs.
Ladies from two groups of the Red Hat Society acted as honor guards and Joan Thran donated time and film as the events photographer.
The Carson Valley Lions Club donated use of chairs and the Record-Courier newspaper continued its support with articles about the project.
There was a reception after the ceremony in the changing exhibits room of the Museum and Cultural Center. Guests enjoyed the delicious deserts provided by Harrah’s/Harvey’s Resort Casino.
Memorabilia of the honorees is part of the display in the room holding the Women in History exhibit.
In addition to other exhibits throughout the museum are the new Glennbrook Inn photo exhibit and the addition of pictorial Ranch Boards in the Agricultural room.
The Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Additional information about the program is available by calling 782-2555.