March comes in like a lion at the Carson Valley museum |

March comes in like a lion at the Carson Valley museum

by Ellen Caywood

Did everyone see that gorgeous full moon this week? The February full moon has often been called the Snow Moon because February is when most of the country gets its heaviest snows. Not true around here and we could really use the snow. It seems to be another dry year. It is officially March today, so let the March events begin. First, if you have a nominee for Women in History, today is the day you need to get your information into the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. They are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. today and can be reached at 782-2555. We need your nominations and information in advance so we can prepare exhibits depicting the lives of our honorees. The Women in History reception will be held on March 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. It is at this time that we will honor those women nominated by our friends and members. This reception is open to the public with no admission charge. Join us to see who these incredible women will be. Of course, there will be a March lecture on March 14, at 7 p.m. Our speaker will be Patty Cafferata, daughter of Nevada Representative Barbara F. Vucanovich, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1997. Patty will speak on some of the first women candidates starting when women first voted in Nevada in 1916. She will talk about candidates and office holders at all levels of government, federal, state and local. The doors open at 6:45 for this lecture and admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others.Nicholas Clapp will be our Lecture speaker on April 11. Documentary filmmaker and author, Mr. Clapp has studied and filmed the deserts of the world. Over the years, he has worked for David L. Wolper, the Walt Disney Company, Columbia Picture, all three networks and PBS. He will be speaking about the Mojave Desert and the towns of Tonopah and Goldfield. His book “Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of the Last Frontier” will be available at the lecture. As usual the doors will open at 6:45 for the 7 p.m. lecture. Admission is free for DCHS members, $3 for all others. For the past couple of years, our April luncheon event has features a second hand Rose clothing sale. This year we are doing something a bit different which promises to be a lot of fun. Join us for the History Mystery Luncheon on April 20, at 11 a.m. The event will include searching for answers to an assortment of questions concerning various exhibits in the Museum. Then enjoy visiting with friends at reserved seating luncheon. Our special Guest Speaker will be Dr. Michael Fischer. Tickets are $25 per person. DCHS members may purchase tickets starting March 11, and the general public may purchase tickets starting March 18. Call 782-2555 for more information. That brings us to May which will feature a Lecture by Dick and Wanda Canton speaking about their book “Bodie Railway & Lumber Co., Railroad in the Sky, 1881-1917,” and our next Dining for Dollars event at Jethro’s Bar and Grill in the Ranchos. Beyond that we have a whole lot of summer fun coming up just for you.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 Contact Ellen Caywood by email at