Seeking fashion show volunteers |

Seeking fashion show volunteers

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at or at 790-1565.

According to the old adage, March is supposed to come like a lion. No matter what the weather does, we have some lion-sized events coming up at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Starting March 1, Governor Sandoval will announce a contest for all Nevadans to participate in. We will be instructed to go to to select our favorite Nevada treasure (tourist spot, scenery, etc.) in each of the five regions of Nevada. The governor will then visit the most favorite attractions. Go to starting March 1 to vote for your favorite treasure. Choices include the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center and the Courthouse Museum Genoa. If we get enough votes, the governor will then be visiting us. You can vote as often as you like.

Then on Thursday, March 8, Bob Ellison will be the speaker for our lecture series. Ellison is a long time resident of Carson Valley and the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles and three books on Nevada history, “Territorial Lawmen of Nevada,” “First Impressions, the history of the emigrant trail through Carson Valley from 1848-1851” and “Longbeard, the story of Warren Wasson.”

Bob will tell us of Laura Marie Naileigh Ellis Dittenreider, a frontierswoman well known to her contemporaries, but forgotten to our generation. She was one of the first six women to settle along the Carson River. Some of Nevada’s earliest history comes from her diary. As the name implies, Laura outlived three husbands. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. and is free for DCHS members, $3 admission fee for all others.

April brings our Second Hand Rose Fashion Show, Salad and Dessert Bar. It all starts next week when you can begin to bring in your donations of gently used clothing (please no underwear or items needing repair or cleaning) and accessories such as jewelry, hats and purses. Donations will be accepted until Saturday, March 31, at the Gardnerville Museum between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We will need to borrow some clothing display racks. Two ladies have volunteered to be models, but we need four more and we need a couple of more volunteers to go through and price clothing. Cashiers are also needed, hopefully enough so we can have shifts. That’s a big wish list, but if you can help, please call Mary Jane Harding at 265-7074 or email her at

Tickets for Second Hand Rose are now on sale at the Gardnerville Museum for $15 per person. What is new this year is that there will be table reservations made according to when you purchase your tickets and groups of six may reserve an entire table. This event takes place on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. when the shopping starts with the luncheon buffet at 12:30 p.m.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The 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