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Students, seniors get in for free Saturday

by Ellen Caywood

Saturday is the first of June and your Douglas County Historical Society is ready for summer. We’re starting out with a bang. So lace up those running shoes and head out to your local museums for summer fun and entertainment.

Let’s start with Saturday. Come to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville for Student-Senior Day and the Jobs Peak Fiber Arts Group. They will be demonstrating the process of raising sheep for wool, shearing, processing and dying the fleece. You will be able to watch artisans card, clean, spin, weave, felt and knit. The demonstrations will go on from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

We have mentioned before that Student-Senior day features free admission to seniors over 65 and students accompanied by an adult. That does not exclude all others; they are more than welcome, too. Admissions fees are low – only $3 for adults, $2 for ages 7-17 and free for kids up to 6. Don’t miss this chance to see the museum and learn all about sheep and wool.

The next event at the CV museum in Gardnerville will be our monthly Lecture Series on June 13. Most of you know that we feature an historical lecture on the second Thursday of each month. June’s lecturer will be Jim Bonar who will speak about the Lincoln Highway. This month is the 100th anniversary of America’s first paved transcontinental road. The highway went from New York to San Francisco, passing through Nevada on what is now Highway 50. Come learn more about our nation’s first highway. Doors open at 6:45 and the lecture starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.

By the time mid-June gets here, the kids will have been out of school long enough to be bored. So, moms, take them to the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park for Storytelling Days, June 12-16. The event includes a variety of storytelling for children and families, workshops, an original play and a special artifact exhibit. Contact the park directly at 783-9417 for more information.

The CV museum will also host DCHS’s Flea Market on June 15 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A 10-foot square space rents for only $20. Call 782-2555 early to rent your space as the choice spots go first. This is a great opportunity to sell all your collected treasures as we have great Highway 395 visibility. Tell everyone you know. This is better than a neighborhood garage sale because everything is in one place.

Let’s not forget events happening in Genoa. First, we have our annual Young Chautauquans performing for us in Mormon Station State Historic Park on June 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. Since January these youngsters have researched and memorized the lives of famous people. Now they are ready to perform as their chosen character. Come see them and learn things about famous people you may not have known before. This event is open to the public at no charge, so bring a group, a picnic supper and enjoy the fun.

June is Pony Express Re-ride month and the re-riders will be at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa on June 26. The approximate time for the mochila exchange is 8:30 a.m. That could change as the date nears; horses are not slaves to time like we people are. We’ll keep you posted as the date nears. Our doors will be open as we will have a Pony Express exhibit downstairs and visual presentation upstairs. Don’t miss this recreation of our history.

For more fun, do you know that a geocache is hidden on the lawn of each of our two museums? The two caches have resulted in over 300 visits by geocachers in the last two years. To learn about geocaching, visit http://www.geocaching.com, the official geocaching site. And to view the museum caches enter GC2ANBR (for the CV museum geocache) and GC2AR44 (for the Courthouse Museum in Genoa geocache) into the search box on the home page. Geocaching is a rapidly growing sport that is fun, and free!

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.