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February events at the museum

Ellen Caywood

The first weekend in February is going to be a big one. That’s the weekend of this year’s melodrama, “Rolling Down to Gardnerville.” Were you aware that this is the sixth melodrama the Douglas County Historical Society has put on for the museums? There were three different “Whistlestops” and two “Minden Hotels.” This year we’ve ventured into a new title and a larger undertaking. Don’t miss this one.

The characters are bigger and better. Some you might recognize from previous melodramas. Some are brand new to this melodrama. The story line will have you laughing all the way into March and the music will have you singing your way as well.

Now, you know we have opened up the Thursday, Feb. 3, dress rehearsal. We’ll open the front doors of the Gardnerville museum at 6 p.m. For only $7 per person, DCHS members and non-members alike, you can rush for seats. The first ones in line get the best seats. So, be here at 6 p.m. and get in to see this year’s melodrama. The program starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The Douglas County Historical Society’s lecture on Feb. 10 features Bob Nylen, who is curator of history at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City. He has been involved for the last 30 years doing research, writing and lecturing about Nevada’s rich history. Bob worked for seven years at the Nevada Historical Society and has been employed at the museum for 27 years. During this time, he has helped to curate many of the fine exhibits. Bob’s topic will be the USS Nevada.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park interpreter Mark Jensen offers a free, 3-hour class on the techniques and materials used in the storage of historic documents and photographs including writing storage inventories and safe handling. Anyone working to organize and preserve family or business records will benefit. The class is 1-4 p.m. Feb. 12 and again March 12. Advance registration is required at 783-9417.

The Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville offers the free use of Ancestry.com. In addition, we would like to let you know about the Heritage Faire on Feb. 26 in Redding, Calif. This fair is open to the public and is an all-day seminar for anyone interested in tracing their family tree. There will be more than 20 classes with 10 outstanding instructors at the Redding Family History Center. A donation of $10 includes classes, handouts, and hot lunch. Information at (530) 222-4949, (530) 241-7254 or http://www.reddingfamilyhistorycenter.org.

Information about the Douglas County Historical Society at http://www.historicnevada.org or the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville at 782-2555. Remember, DCHS and its two museums in Gardnerville and Genoa don’t receive any regular state or county funding. It’s up to our members and friends to help keep our doors open.

Contact Ellen Caywood at in2my2cats@yahoo.com or 790-1565.