Young Chautauquans perform Saturday |

Young Chautauquans perform Saturday

by Ellen Caywood

Spring is here and with it comes the backyard. Most people love spring gardening, watching the yard come back to life. I ventured out into my little yard this morning. Up came a breeze which blew the door from the garage shut – shut and locked. It’s the only way out of my yard other than through the house, which was also locked. Obviously, I was finally rescued, but not before being humbled by my total helplessness.

You are probably smart enough to know to check those back doorknob locks before venturing into the yard. You are most likely also aware that our own Young Chautauquans are performing with the Great Basin group on Saturday at the library at 900 Roop Street in Carson City. Their performance starts 2 p.m. and is free to the public. These young kids put a lot of work and practice into their characters. Take a drive up to Carson and cheer them on.

Next weekend is the Genoa Cowboy Festival in Genoa. We will be celebrating our seasonal opening of the Courthouse Museum on May 4, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. While you are enjoying all the cowboy festivities, stop by the museum and catch up on the colorful history of the area. See exhibits featuring the Pony Express and the old courtroom and basement jail. Step back in time as you visit an early Valley parlor. The museum has faithfully captured Douglas County history and even sells great gifts to take home to the kids.

May is Historic Preservation month and the Douglas County Historical Society will celebrate the best of preservation by presenting the 2013 Douglas County Preservation Recognition Award to an individual and/or organization that has renovated or preserved a Douglas County historic building, whose contributions demonstrate outstanding excellence in historic preservation.

The Historical Society invites you, the community, to nominate an individual and/or organization that you believe is most deserving of this award. As part of your nomination please include a concise description of the project, program, organization or individual that is being nominated. If possible include before and after pictures. Deadline for submission of the form is May 15.

A jury will be selected by the Historical Society to review the nominations and select the recipient for this 2013 Historic Preservation Recognition Award of Excellence. To obtain a nomination form, please contact the office of the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555, or visit our Website ( For additional information, call Marlena Hellwinkel at 721-9599.

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

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