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Happy Nevada Day from the historical society

This weekend we celebrate Nevada Day and the 147th birthday of our state. Nevada became the 36th state on Oct. 31, 1864, under President Abraham Lincoln. The name Nevada means “snow-capped or snow covered” in Spanish, referring to our mountains. Luckily the name “Nevada” was chosen over other options, like Esmeralda. Aren’t we glad to be celebrating Nevada Day instead of Esmeralda Day?

With Halloween on Monday, be sure to check throughout this paper for all the Harvest Festivals and safe Halloween parties our churches and communities provide for our kids. Douglas County cares about our kids and makes every effort to keep them safe.

After that, we are into November and the holidays. But before heading out to get this year’s Christmas tree, we have a whole host of events going on at the Gardnerville Museum. First, our November lecture will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Richard Potashin and Nancy Hadlock will speak on the Basque culture and the history of Aspen tree carving and sheepherding. Admission is $3 per person, free for DCHS members.

Friday, Nov. 11, is the Knights of Columbus fundraiser at St. Gall Catholic Church. Everyone is invited to come out and play bingo, eat, enjoy a beverage and help raise funds to keep your museums going. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bingo games start at 7 p.m. Please call 782-2555 for specific information. And remember, Nevada gaming laws forbid anyone under 21 from attending.

We have been advised that Iris Blaisdell has agreed to become the new Education Director for the Douglas County Historical Society. She already has a plan to visit the local schools with a presentation promoting our Chautauqua program. Look for interesting and educational events coming up from this welcomed volunteer.

The annual clothing exhibit at the Dangberg Home Ranch will continue this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Their annual holiday toy exhibit will be held Dec. 3-4 and 10-11. Call 783-9417 for more information and admission fees.

Speaking of Dec. 3, that’s the date for our annual Holiday Gala. There is so much going on this year that we can’t get it all into just one column. One of the main events of the day is photos with Santa. He’ll be at the Gardnerville Museum from 10 a.m. until about 3 p.m. for photos with your kids, your grandkids, even your grand dogs. We’ll have our professional photographer there to take the photo and we’ll print it and hand it to you when you’ve finished your tour of the Christmas trees and gingerbread houses. We’re hoping to enlist the services of our favorite elf, also known as Brandi Glass in a Melodrama or two, to lend a hand. Mark your calendar now for a day full of Christmas fun.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville at 782-2555. Visit our website at http://www.historicnevada.org. Remember, DCHS and its two museums, the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa, do not receive any regular state or county funding. It’s up to our members and friends to help us keep our doors open.