Thanks for a great melodrama |

Thanks for a great melodrama

by Ellen Caywood

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This year’s melodrama was a huge success thanks to all who participated. DCHS thanks the cast, crew, volunteers, audience and all those who contributed to this year’s production. We especially want to thank Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge No. 2670 and members Roger and Jeannie Barragan and Jim and Kathy Tavernier for everyone’s favorite hotdog lunch. And dear laughing, cheering and booing audience, you have no idea what fun it is to bring you these melodramas each year. While it is a lot of work, it is also a great pleasure. You can bet we will all be back next year to entertain you with our zaniest antics. Now, as promised, back to normal. Our March 14 lecture speaker is Patty Cafferata. She will speak on women in early Nevada politics. As we mentioned in a previous column, Patty is the daughter of Nevada Representative Barbara F. Vucanovich, who served in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1997. Patty has had a diverse career in politics, law and as an author. She is an attorney and former Nevada State Treasurer (1983-1987), State Assemblywoman (1981-1983) and district attorney of Lincoln, Lander and Esmeralda counties in Nevada. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. with the lecture starting at 7 p.m. As usual, our members are admitted free of charge; nonmembers $3 per person. Also coming up on March 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., DCHS will be honoring your nominees for Women in History. We know that several of you have picked up nomination forms, but we have yet to see these completed forms returned. We need for you to return those forms to us so we know how to prepare for the reception. So please get those forms in to us as soon as you can, by no means any later than March 1. Nicholas Clapp will be our lecture speaker on Thursday evening, April 11. Documentary filmmaker and author Nicholas Clapp has studied and filmed the deserts of the world. He has a master’s degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. Over the years, he has worked for David L. Wolper, the Walt Disney Company, Columbia Pictures, 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 for purchase. On Thursday evening, May 9, the Historical Society will present lecture speakers Dick and Wanda Canton. They will tell us about their book “Bodie Railway & Lumber Co., Railroad in the Sky, 1881-1917.” Dick and Wanda along with like-minded railroad fans formed the “Friends of the Bodie Railway” in the late 1990s. The Cantons live in the Carson Valley and have a cabin near Mammoth Lakes. They have worked to keep the history of this railroad alive. Their book will be available for purchase. 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