Museum fund-raisers generates $8,000 |

Museum fund-raisers generates $8,000

by Laurie Hickey

The Douglas County Historical Society’s “Holiday Gala” fund-raiser was a huge success the society raised over $8,000 in sales and donations for the continued operation of both Douglas County Historical Society Museums.

The holiday season is a time of giving and we are very grateful for all the generosity shown by the members and friends of the Douglas County Historical Society, who donated so willingly to the Holiday Gala that took place at the museum on Dec. 5.

We want to express our heart felt thanks and gratitude to The Oakmead Foundation and LindaTurria CPA, PC for their donations you have known idea how much we appreciate your generosity and support.

Everyone attending the Holiday Gala where greeted at the door by Mike Maloney and Doris Thran dressed in Victorian costumes. They handed everyone attending a lovely brochure made and donated by Myllie Cordes Hoover that covered all the days activities.

The annual “Cookie Walk” sold out again everyone loved the beautifully decorated quart and gallon containers donated by Dick’s Fuller Paints and Lowe’s to load with wonderful homemade Christmas Cookies made by members and friends of the Douglas County Historical Society.

The Cordes Cousins handcrafted wreaths and garlands made from fresh cut Sierra greenery was a big hit in front of the museum. The Cordes family, have kept alive a tradition that was started almost 50 years ago by their Aunt Frieda Cordes Godecke. They all gather a variety of mountain greenery after Thanksgiving and meet at a location to make wreaths and garlands for their own homes, and special friends and family.

This year the Cordes Cousins worked for three days to make several dozen that they sold at the Museum, donating all the proceeds to the Douglas County Historical Society.

Charlotte Godecke, daughter-in-law of the late Frieda Cordes Godecke, donated a large wreath that was auctioned during the Christmas Tea.

Holiday tree’s and artwork will continue to decorate the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center through the month of December. The beautifully decorated trees have been provided by A Wildflower Florist and Joyce’s Jewelry and Antiques, Berean Church, Beta Sigma Phi, Laurett Lu Chapter, Carson Valley Doll Club, Carson Valley Kiwanis, Douglas County Republican Women, Minden Electric, Paradise Cafe, and Partnership of Community Resources are located in the main gallery. The Sierra Telephone Pioneer’s, Douglas County 4-H and The Record-Courier trees are located in the lower level. Voting for the “Peoples Choice Tree” will continue through the month of December.

The Carson Valley Art Association and East Fork Art Gallery artists will continue to display beautiful artwork that is for sale in the main gallery of the museum through the month of December. A painting by a local artist would make a great gift for someone special.

During the holiday season don’t forget the museum store for cards, local history books or our new Audubon Bird’s with real bird calls for holiday giving.