Genoa Courthouse Museum opens May 7 |

Genoa Courthouse Museum opens May 7

by Sherry Howie

After a long winter slumber, a true sign of spring is the awakening of the Genoa Courthouse Museum.

Seasonally open, and not year-around as is the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, the Courthouse Museum in Genoa is open from May until October.

The opening ceremonies are May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Parents and children will be delighted to experience the many recreated historical events that begin at 10 a.m. A flag raising ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.

Featured will be the Nevada Civil War Volunteers who will re-enact key events from the Civil War period. Dressed in period costumes, they will speak about the dress, kinds of transportation and status of slaves when President Abraham Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation that freed all slaves in 1863.

The Civil War Volunteers is a nonprofit, educational, reenactment organization based in Northern Nevada.

They accurately represent authentic activities for families in a safe environment. Their emphasis is on the fun of learning about the state of Nevada’s involvement in the Civil War events.

Accompanying the Civil War soldiers will be Paulette Grune in Civil War dress styles, complete with hoop skirt and several layers of undergarments, to demonstrate what life was like for women during those days. Grune will also model period hats, jewelry and other clothing styles that will impress visitors to the museum.

To add to the excitement, cannon demonstrations, as well as Confederate Weapons that Larry Steinberg will portray, (but not fire) will be held. Tom Lynch will set up a tent and display Union Soldier equipment and weapons. Russ Hahn, dressed as a Union Soldier, will demonstrate signal flags used by Union soldiers during the War.

Other activities, both inside the museum and outside on the courthouse lawn are letter writing as an art demonstrated by Kathy Lynch and a display and discussion of herbs and remedies used in the past that Ava Hahn will present.

There are many interesting stories about the Civil War. The early settlements in Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, were just being established when the War began in 1861. Adults and children alike will be amazed at what they will learn at the museum, especially on this Opening Day Ceremony.

The outside events are free of charge, and the delight and learning of historical times in our Valley will be priceless. All families will enjoy the opening day events on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.