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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Preserving Carson City History
by Debbie Lane, Second VP, CCHS
Published online 8/25/2017

Photograph of Corbett_Fitzsimmons fight of 1897

The history of Carson City is replete with wonderful stories about local places and people, such as the Capitol, the Carson Mint, the Nevada State Children's Home, the Nevada State Prison, the Chinese who lived and worked here, Carson City residents and Nevada founders who created and shaped Nevada history (such as Abraham Curry, William Stewart, Charles W. Friend, James Nye, Duane Bliss, Hannah Clapp, Judge Clark Guild, and many others), the impact of the Comstock Lode, the V&T Railroad, the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight (see picture), and on and on. We want the CCHS to tell these stories!

The arson fires at the Foreman-Roberts House last year created an opportunity for the CCHS Board to rethink and clarify our organization's mission and collections policy. As we regretfully returned some of the contents of the house to their rightful owners (such as the Nevada State Museum) and moved the rest to the Carriage House for storage, the Board decided to align our collections policy more closely with our stated mission: "Éto collect, preserve and present the history of Carson City for research and educational purposes for the public at large." To this end, we have researched collections policies of other historical societies, had a speaker come talk to the Board about collection approaches, and subsequently decided to take a fresh approach to the Carson City Historical Society's future focus in the Foreman-Roberts House.

A committee has been formed of several Board members and interested members to review each of the items we have moved to the Carriage House to assess the "Carson City connection" of each item. Is it somehow connected to Carson City history? Where was it made? How did we acquire it? Would it help us tell a Carson City story? Items that do not seem to fit these guideline are being considered for sale or return to the original donor, if we have that information in our files. The items that we know fit our mission will be cataloged and marked and placed back into the house when it is ready. This group of volunteers has been hard at work over the summer, and we thank everyone for their time and commitment to this tedious but vital work!

If you see we have items for sale, know that each one has been carefully reviewed and assessed for its "fit" with the Historical Society's purpose. Thank you for your support of our efforts.

August 2017 "Newsy Letter" Available On-line

The August 2017 edition of our the CCHS "Newsy Letter" is now available online at Copies are being mailed to CCHS members around August 28.

CCHS 501(c)(3) Status Restored
Aug. 10, 2017

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We are happy to report that the Carson City Historical Society's 501(c)(3) status with the IRS has been restored! Donations made to CCHS are now deductible for IRS purposes.

We appreciate the efforts of Mike Williams, our new Treasurer, and of Jed Block for helping us to achieve this goal.


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.

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.

Mailing Address for CCHS

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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.


The Carson City Historical Society is a Nevada nonprofit organizations. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible pursuant to section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

CCHS board meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Carriage House of 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 - Once the Foreman-Roberts House Museum is repaired, it will be 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 10/8/2017

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