Carson City Historical Society


Mailing address: 112 North Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703
Address for Foreman-Roberts House Museum: 1207 North Carson St., Carson City, NV

"Dedicated to Preserving Carson City's History"


Carson City Historical Society

The Carson City Historical Society (EIN 94-2565777) is located at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada. Our mailing address is 112 North Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703. The Carson City Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates and maintains the Foreman-Roberts House Museum.

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Due to fire damage, the Foreman-Roberts House Museum is closed until further notice. We are working to rectify this situation. The adjoining Carriage House building is in good condition, but not generally open to the public while we are involved in clean-up operations.

Jim Thorpe Video Collection in Carriage House
July 2017

Photograph of Jim Thorpe video collection

Many of Jim Thorpe's video tapes have a new home in the Carriage House starting this month. Over a span of many years, Jim video recorded numerous meetings, lectures, ceremonies, sporting events, Nevada Day parades, concerts, and other events in Carson City, mostly on VHS and Super VHS tapes. In an April 8, 2014, interview, Jim claimed to have about 4000 tapes, some of which were personal ones which he did not wish to share with the public. However, most of them were of Carson events, and he kept an index of his recordings on a series of yellow legal pads. We are storing about 1072 of these tapes and the index that Jed Block acquired for CCHS from Jim before his death, and we hope to eventually obtain some of his other tapes related to Carson City history from his family. The tapes are not necessarily well organized at this time, but they reflect a wide range of interesting topics.

A sample of tapes from one randomly selected box includes the following: Nevada State Museum tapings of "Slot Machine History by Marshall Fey" (1999), "Mammoths of the Black Rock Desert" (1999), "Native American Basket Collection" (1999), "Historic Archeology of the Carson City, US Branch Mint" (1999), "A Cowhand's Song: Crisis on the Range" (1999), "The Lives of Nevada's Women in History" (2000), "The Silver Service of the Battleship U.S.S. Nevada" (2000), and "200 Years of Doll Makers and Their Art" (2000); a Leisure Hour Club taping of "The School Bond Issue" (2002); a Nevada State Railroad Museum tape on "Snowbound Streamliner" (2000); and a Carson Middle School tape on "Flag Retiring Ceremony & Veteran Commemoration" (2002).

It will not be an easy process to properly handle this legacy of Carson City history. The likely first phase of dealing with these tapes is to organize them and do a proper inventory. Because of the unstable nature of the VHS media, we eventually want to transfer many of these tapes to more modern and stable media, such as hard drives.

July 2017 "Newsy Letter" Available On-line

The July 2017 edition of our the CCHS "Newsy Letter" is now available online at Copies are being mailed to CCHS members around July 15.

Emphasis on Early History of Carson City
Seeking Authenticated Items, Documents, etc.

Photograph Abraham Curry, Founder of Carson City

April 2017: The emphasis of Foreman-Roberts House Museum is to showcase early history of Carson City and Ormsby County. We are hoping you, your relatives, or your friends may have authenticated items, documents, or whatever that can be exhibited in the house. Please call Gary Cain, President, 775-885-7643, with information or questions on possible historical items available, or come to the next Board meeting on Monday, May 8, 1:30 p.m., in the Carriage House. This is an advance notice, as it will probably be fall before the Museum is ready to be refurnished. Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Shown at right is Abraham Curry, Founder of Carson City.

Annual Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Photograph of xxx

The annual CCHS Ice Cream Social is Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (new time this year) at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 2107 N. Carson St., Carson City. Free entertainment will be provided by the Millennium Bugs. The Carson City Historical Society sponsors this event.

Enjoy ice cream and other refreshments for only $3. Exhibitors will will be at the event to discuss their projects and interests.

The Ice Cream Social is during the second weekend of the Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival. For more information about the festival, go to

Further details were still pending as of April 10. If you have questions, contact Gary Cain at 775-885-7643.

Mailing Address for CCHS

Image of a mailbox

The mailing address for the Carson City Historical Society (CCHS) is:

112 North Curry Street
Carson City, NV 89703

The physical address for the Foreman-Roberts House Museum is 1207 North Carson St., but that address is not our official mailing address.

Important Notice:

The Carson City Historical Society is a Nevada nonprofit organizations. Due to technical reasons, it is currently not recognized as a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are currently not tax deductible pursuant to section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCHS is working to re-establish its 501(c)(3) statuses.

CCHS board meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum.

If you are interested in being put on the CCHS e-mail list, please send an e-mail to and put "CCHS Membership Addition" in the subject line. We will inform you about upcoming events of the Society via e-mail.

The Carson City Historical Society (formerly the Nevada Landmarks Society) is located at the Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada 89702. E-mail

Foreman-Roberts House - The Foreman-Roberts House Museum is open by appointment only and for special events sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society. To tour the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, please call Paula at 775-887-8865 for an appointment. Cost is $5 per person. View Map for the Foreman-Roberts House

If you would like to join the Carson City Historical Society, our application is located on this website. Please print out and mail to:

Carson City Historical Society
112 North Curry St.
Carson City, NV 89703
Membership is $25 per person or $35 for family and includes our newsletter plus an opportunity to attend many historical events. Click here for application form.

For the history of the Roberts House, click on James D. Roberts History (at left). Better yet, come and visit us. We have quite a history to tell.

CCHS Officers for 2017

Gary Cain

First Vice President CCHS:
Jed Block

Second Vice President CCHS:
Debbie Lane

Mike Williams

David Bugli

This page last updated 7/15/2017

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