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The Holiday Season may be over but we still have one last event to report. The winners of the Holiday Gala Christmas tree decorating contest were: First place: University Women of Carson Valley, tree title: “College Bound Douglas High Women”; Second place: Knitstas, tree title: “Not a Creature Was Stirring…”; and Third place: Main Street Gardnerville, tree title: “Putting On The Glitz”. Congratulations to our winners and our sincere thanks to all who gave of their time and talent to make our museum so beautifully decorated with 17 plus trees. We say 17 plus because there were 17 decorated trees but in the back right hand corner was a special tree, The Emperor’s New Tree. Only those with special wisdom could see it. Could you see it?
And now on to 2016 events. First on our calendar is our Second Thursday lecture series. The January lecture will be on the 14th starting at 6:00 p.m. when our doors will open. The lecture will start at 6:30 – a new time for our lectures. Several of our lecture-goers thought we should start a bit earlier. Admission is still the same: Free for DCHS members; $3 for non-members.
Our speaker will be Laurie Hickey, native of Carson Valley and local historian. Her topic will be: “Would the Real Lucky Bill Please Stand Up? Folklore versus Fact and Some Things in Between.” Laurie Hickey has devoted much of her life to historical research and the support of the Douglas County Historical Society. Picking Lucky Bill as her subject offered her many challenges. Laurie tried in vain to find any actual facts about Lucky Bill’s early life before coming west. She also had a deep curiosity about his wife Maria, her maiden name, her background and what happened to her after Lucky Bill’s hanging as well as his mistress Martha Lamb. Come learn more at January’s historical lecture.
Saturday February 6 is Family Day at the CV Museum. At 10:00 a.m. we will hold our kick-off meeting for our Young Chautauqua program, a free program running from February through April which is open to all local families with youths ages eight and up. With the addition of Dianna Borges, Kim Copél and Chuck Baldauskas to the team we anticipate seeing an active, dynamic program for 2016. The season kicks off with an open house on February 6, and will give participants a firsthand introduction to what it takes to be a Chautauqua performer. To add to the fun, the team has pulled out our collection of non-accessioned historical wear for the kids to try on.
The February 11th Second Thursday Lecture speaker will be Helen Townsell-Parker. She is the founder of the Westbrook Foundation and author of “A Cry For Help,” the story of the struggles and victories of the Black Springs community of Northern Nevada. Again, the lecture starts at our new time, 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for DCHS members and $3 for non-members.
Also coming up in March is our Women in History Remembering Project. Our reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday March 19th. Nominations are open now for any woman you may feel has contributed to Douglas County and should be recognized for her involvement. Rules and an application form may be obtained at the CV Museum front desk or from our website at historicnv.org. Click on the upper right hand corner icon “Download DCHS forms here”.
Membership in the Douglas County Historical Society helps fulfill our mission to the preserve our local history and making it accessible to our communities and visitors.  In addition to the benefits you receive as a member, your participation helps us maintain our educational programs promoting the cultural aspects and heritage of our community.  Membership opportunities range from Student to Lifetime.  Please contact us for the full benefits of membership or any other aspect of the work done by the historical society at (775) 782-2555, DCHS@HistoricNV.org or visit our website at www.historicnv.org.
Contact Ellen Caywood by email at in2my2cats@yahoo.com.
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