Carson City Historical Society - Past events

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



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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.

Carson City Historical Society - Past events


Annual CCHS Christmas Party at Bliss Mansion
Sunday, December 11, 2016

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2016 Christmas Party flyer

The Annual CCHS Christmas Party is on Sunday, December 11, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Bliss Mansion, 608 Elizabeth St., Carson City. We are grateful, again, for Cyndy and Steve Brenneman opening their lovely and historic home to us for this party.

A Catered Affair will again have delicious foods, Julia Bulette will talk about her life as a Virginia City soiled dove. It will be great to see you there!

The cost is $30 a person. For reservations, contact Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865.

Pictured at left: Kim Harris portraying Julia Bullette. Kim's website is at http://westernhistoryalive.com.



Historical Society Membership Meeting
Sunday, November 6, 2016

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The Carson City Historical Society invites all members and friends to a Historical Society Membership Lunch Meeting on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Red's Old 395 Grill, 1055 S. Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701. Order what you want from the menu with a separate check. Don't forget the tip. Please make your reservations by calling D.D. Spencer @ 775-741-7897 before November 1.

ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED:

  1. Foreman-Roberts House fire, repair and current status
  2. Carson City Historical Society Finances
  3. Carriage House (Certificate of Occupancy, Need volunteer to manage rental, calendar of usage, questions, etc.)
  4. Christmas Party - 12/11/2016 (Place, time, cost, speaker Julia Bulette, questions)
  5. Election of Officers - 12/11/2016
  6. Garden Tour Plans, etc.


Foreman-Roberts House Damaged by Arsonist
August 28 and 29, 2016

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We regret to report that the Foreman-Roberts House Museum was damaged by two arson attacks, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Aug. 28, and Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. The first attack was an attempt to burn the kitchen door on the east side of the building. Although the door was a total loss, most of the damage was confined to the area of the kitchen, which was not part of the original house. The Monday morning arson was to the double doors on the south side of the house (see picture). This resulted in damage not just to those doors but also to the second story balcony area. Smoke damage is a major concern since smoke is acidic and can damage historic materials in the buildings.

In addition, two windows were broken on the west side of the house prior to the arson, on Aug. 23. The Sheriff's Department are investigating these events. Officers of the Historical Society are working with insurance and restoration people. Under the Historical Society's agreement with the city, Carson City is responsible for the maintenance of the building and the Society is responsible for the contents of the building. The building is on the National Historic Register, and restoration work requires careful attention to historic details and procedures.

An article about the fires is available at CarsonNow.org. Click here.

The Museum will remain closed to the public until proper restoration work has been completed.



Annual Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 13, 2016

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The annual CCHS Ice Cream Social is Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 2107 N. Carson St., Carson City. Free entertainment will be provided by the Millennium Bugs. As in past years, the Carson City Historical Society sponsors this event.

Enjoy ice cream and other refreshments for only $3. Exhibitors will be at the event to discuss their projects and interests. The vintage clothing display will be available for your viewing. Also, get a look-see of the Carriage House.

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 JazzCarsonCity.com.

If you have questions, contact Gary Cain at 775-885-7643.



Historical Society Hosts Second and Final Yard Sale of the Summer
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

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The Carson City Historical Society is holding its second yard sale of the summer on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.

There still may be room for a few antiques, collectibles, or craft vendors. The space fee is $25 per day; the fee benefits the Historical Society.

For reservations or more information, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



Historical Society Hosts Yard Sales
July 2 and Aug. 6, 2016

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Media Release 5/17/16: The Carson City Historical Society is holding two yard sales this summer, one on Saturday, July 2, and another on Saturday, Aug. 6.

There's still room for a few antiques, collectibles, or craft vendors. The space fee is $25 per day; the fee benefits the Historical Society.

For reservations or more information, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



Historical Society Hosting Yard Sale and Clothing Exhibit
Saturday, July 2, 2016

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The Carson City Historical Society is holding its first yard sale of the year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2016, at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum park, 1207 N. Carson St.

More than 15 vendors will be offering antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and crafts. The museum will be open free to those who want to tour the downstairs of the museum and view the exhibit of vintage clothing from the collection of Tina Davis-Hersey.

The display features a mid-1870s bustle day dress and hat, an 1860 widow's mourning-style hoop dress with an original silk velvet and ostrich feather bonnet, a 1914 girl's tea dress, and an original 1908 lace and silk evening dress with a men's morning-style outfit. The clothing display can be seen in July and August. During the society's annual yard sale fundraisers on July 2 and Aug. 6, the clothing exhibit and the downstairs of the house museum will be open free of charge. After July 2, an appointment will be necessary, and there will be a $5 fee to see the exhibit and museum. Call 775-887-8865 for an appointment.

Davis-Hersey's collection also will be highlighted in the Oh, My Bonnets & Bustles! Victorian Fashion Show and Tea, presented by the Friends of the Nevada State Museum, on Sept. 24, 2016, at the Governor's Mansion.

For more information about the clothing display, call Davis-Hersey at 775-671-2364.



Victorian High Tea & House Tour
at the Historic Bliss Mansion
Friday, June 17, 2016

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The Carson City Historical Society is hosting a Victorian High Tea & House Tour at the Historic Bliss Mansion on Friday, June 17, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join us for tea, food, and a fantastic tour of the Bliss Mansion (608 Elizabeth St., Carson City), just west of the Governor's Mansion. The Tea is taking place during the Epic Rides Bike Races in Carson City.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from the Carson City Visitors Bureau, 716 N. Carson St. Seating will be on the veranda.



Carson City Historical Society Open House
Sunday, May 22, 2016

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Historical Society is hosting an open house at the Foreman-Roberts House and Carriage House museums. Members and friends of the Society will be able to see the work that has been done on the interior of the Carriage House. The Society is extremely grateful to Western Nevada Supply Co., Rick's Flooring, Inc., and Cabinets and Lighting Supply (Reno) for their generous donations.

Margaret Saltzer, a Society member, will provide entertainment in the Foreman-Roberts House Museum playing the pump organ that has stood in the parlor for many years. Light refreshments will be served.



Valentine's Day Tea
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

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You are invited to the Carson City Historical Society's Valentine's Day Tea. Enjoy a delightful menu by "A Catered Affaire" on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City.

Make your reservations early and join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Cost is $30.00 per person. Seating is limited to 18. Help us finish the Carriage House. Call DD Spencer between 10:00 am & 2:00 p.m. for tickets at (775)741-7897.



Dues for 2016
are Due Jan. 1, 2016

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CCHS works on a fiscal year beginning January 1 and ending December 31. Dues for 2016 are $25 for single membership (1 vote) and $35 for a family membership (2 votes). Dues are due January 1, 2016.

Annual dues can be mailed to CC Historical Society, 112 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703.

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. However, CCHS is working to re-establish its 501(c)(3) statuses.



"Teapots and Such":
Historical Society's Teapot Exhibit
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in January 2016

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The Carson City Historical Society is having a second teapot exhibit during the month of January 2016. The Society is seeking teapots and "such" from local residents for the display. The teapots can be elegant or funky, old or new, and will be only used for display. Creamers, sugar bowls, and other tea accessories will also be on display. Teapots for this exhibit will be entirely different from those shown last July. To loan items or for more information, call Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865.

The exhibit will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson Street. There is no admission to the exhibit, but donations will be happily accepted.

Pictured: Teapots from last summer's teapot exhibit.



Match Challenges Offered for
Carriage House Completion

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At the Carson City Historical Society Christmas Party and Annual Meeting on Dec. 6, 2015, two CCHS members announced challenge grants for the completion of the Foreman-Roberts House Carriage House.

First, Jed Block offered to match of up to $1000, dollar-for-dollar, for donations for the completion of the interior of the Carriage House. Second, David & Elinor Bugli offered a similar $1000 match for the next $1000 in Carriage House donations.

Donation may be sent to: DD Spencer, Tres., CC Historical Society, 112 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703. Be sure to mention "Carriage House donation" in the check memo.



Annual Christmas Party and Annual Meeting at the Bliss Mansion
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
Dues for 2016 Due Jan. 1, 2016

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Mark your calendars now for December 6, 2015, for the annual Christmas Party and Annual Meeting at the Bliss Mansion, 1-4 pm. Be prepared to enjoy food, speaker and general elections! A Catered Affaire has promised a delicious repast, and, of course, we'll have wine, sparkling cider or water. Admission to the event is $30 per person.

The slate for officer nominations is President, Gary Cain; First Vice President, Jed Block; Second Vice President, Debbie Lane; Secretary, David Bugli; Treasurer, D. D. Spencer. Nominations from the floor will be accepted for all offices. Only qualification for voting or holding office is to be current with dues for 2015 or 2016. First Vice President's objectives are to update our ByLaws and get the 501(c)(3) status reinstated. Second Vice President's objective is to develop the East Side's "Green Line," similar to the "Blue Line" on the west side of Carson City.

Dues for 2016 are $25 for single membership (1 vote) and $35 for a family membership (2 votes). Dues are due January 1, 2016.

Entertainment at the party will be provided by Kim Copel-Harris, who will be portraying stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst. Local infamous stagecoach driver "One-Eyed Charley" worked at times with famous driver Hank Monk. Hop on board Charley's coach as he (she?) takes you on the ride of your life. Runaway stages, robberies, eccentric passengers and ghosts! Hear of Charley's adventurous life and mysterious death.

Kim is a resident of Genoa, NV, and a longtime local to the surrounding Sierra Nevada communities. She serves on the advisory boards of the Nevada division of the National Pony Express Association and the Friends of Snowshoe Thompson Association, is Events Coordinator for the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden and is the owner and tour guide of Genoa Historic Ghost Tours. Her primary business, "Western History ALIVE!" promotes Northern California and Nevada history via historical and entertaining venues.

Please call D. D. Spencer at 775-741-7897 to make your reservation. Payment for the Christmas Party ($30 a person) and/or annual dues can be mailed to CC Historical Society, 112 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703 by November 30.



Obituary - James G. Capitrant
September 14, 2015

On September 14, 2015, James G. Capitrant, "Cap," lost his battle with cancer. Cap was a dedicated member of the Carson City Historical Society for over 20 years. While he didn't attend our various functions, he most generously supported our various efforts.

He was with the Carson School District from 1964-1991. Cap ended his teaching career as the Adult Education Coordinator after successfully handling various positions with the District. You may remember him if you or family members attended Carson schools. His generosity, dedication and friendship will be greatly missed by the Historical Society.



Obituary - Jan Perry
CCHS Vice President

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Janet Perry. She joined the Carson City Historical Society when she moved to Carson City some 20 years ago. Jan accepted the position of Vice President over 15 years ago and was quite active in planning CCHS social events. Jan was an active, energetic woman. Along with her participation in all the Historical Society events, she was part of the Tea Ladies who presented Teas at the Foreman-Roberts House some years ago; she played an important role in her PEO Chapter raising funds for women's scholarships; and was involved with the Mark Twain Garden Club, the Presbyterian Church, and other groups.

Jan will be tremendously missed by all who knew her.



Tour of the Old Nevada State Prison
Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

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CCHS, in conjunction with the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society (NSPPS) presents a tour of the old Nevada State Prison on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The cost per person is $10. Call Paula at 775-887-8865 if you want to be included in the tour. Sturdy shoes are recommended.



Sunday Afternoon Tea
Sunday, October 11, 2015

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You are invited to the Carson City Historical Society's "Sunday Afternoon Tea" on Sunday, October 11, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 North Carson Street. This delicious English afternoon tea is prepared by "A Catered Affair."

The tea is a fund raiser for the completion of the interior of the Carriage House, located on the same property as the Foreman-Roberts House Museum. Make your reservations early as seating is limited to 18. Ticket price is $30. Make your reservations early, as seating is limited to 18. Call DD Spencer between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for tickets at (775) 741-7897.



Third Yard Sale of 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015

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The Carson City Historical Society will be holding its third and last yard sale of 2015 on Saturday, September 5, 2015. More than a dozen vendors will be offering antiques, collectables, and drafts at Carson City Historical Society's sale from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 N. Carson St.

Free tours of the historic museum will be offered at the sale, whose proceeds go to the Carson City Historical Society. For more information, call Mary DeFelise at 775-882-0916.



Annual Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 15, 2015

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The annual CCHS Ice Cream Social is Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 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. Enjoy Native American artistry and project, and learn about history. Exhibitors will be at the event to discuss and demonstrate beading, "kid craft" (wood building projects for kids with Jim De Magistris), pegboard weaving, pine needle baskets, rug braiding, and long rifle manufacturing (with C.J. Birch).

Original paintings donated by Carson City artists will be raffled off. The winning tickets will be announced at 7:30 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Gary Cain at 775-885-7643.



Sunday Afternoon Tea
Sunday, August 9, 2015

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You are invited to the Carson City Historical Society's "Sunday Afternoon Tea" on Sunday, August 9, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 North Carson Street.

The tea is a fund raiser for the completion of the interior of the Carriage House, located on the same property as the Foreman-Roberts House Museum. Make your reservations early as seating is limited to 18. Call DD Spencer between for tickets at (775) 741-7897.

A future "Sunday Afternoon Teas" are being planned for October 11.



Second Yard Sale of 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015

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The Carson City Historical Society will be holding its second yard sale of 2015 on Saturday, August 8, 2015. More than 15 vendors will offer antiques, collectibles, jewelry and crafts at the yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City.

Paintings by Cyndy Brenneman, Helen Fanning, Barbara Gurney, Siegi Proctor, and Anita Treants will be displayed at the yard sale, then raffled at the society's Ice Cream Social on Aug. 15. Raffle tickets, which will cost $5 for six, will be available at the yard sale and the ice cream social. Raffle proceeds go to the completion of Foreman-Roberts House's carriage house. Free tours of the historic home will be available during the yard sale.



Carson City Historical Society Presents
Teapot Exhibit Throughout July

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The Carson City Historical Society is presenting a Teapot Exhibit at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson St., Carson City. The Museum will be open for several days in July for the Exhibit. Paula Cannon has assembled over sixty unique teapots that will be on display. The Museum is located at Admission is free. The Museum and the Teapot Exhibit will be open on the following schedule.

  • Wed., July 1, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (First day of the Exhibit)
  • Fri., July 3, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sun., July 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Tue., July 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sat., July 11, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (There will also be a Yard Sale at the Museum)
  • Wed., July 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Fri., July 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sun., July 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tue., July 21, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Sat., July 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Wed., July 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Fri., July 31, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Last day of the Exhibit)

For information about the Teapot Exhibit, call Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865. For information about other Carson City Historical Society activities, check its website at CCHistorical.org.



First yard sale of 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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The Carson City Historical Society will be holding its first yard sale of 2015 on Saturday, July 11, 2015.



CCHS General Membership Meeting at Red's
Sunday, June 28, 2015

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The Carson City Historical Society will be having its General Membership Meeting on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Red's Old 395 Grill in Carson City. The meeting will be in the private room at the northwest corner of the building. Jeffrey M. Kintop will discuss the 50th anniversary of the State Archives.

  • Jeffrey M. Kintop is the State Archivist at the Nevada State Library and Archives. He was appointed July 1, 2009, but he has been at the Nevada State Library and Archives for 32 years. He was Nevada's representative to the Library and Archives Preservation Institute, Nevada Governor's Conference on the Future of Libraries, White House Conference on the Future of Libraries and the SAA Preservation Management Institute and the Archives Leadership Institute. He co-authored What Time is This Place? (1982), Preserving Nevada's Documentary Heritage (1986), History of the State Capitol and Governor's Mansion (1986), and The Earps' Last Frontier: Wyatt and Virgil Earp in Nevada, 1897-1905 (1989). He has contributed articles to Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (2004), The Uniting States: The Story of Statehood for the Fifty United States (2004), "Mining Nevada's Legal History: Going to the Sources," in Western Legal History: Journal of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, vol. 20: 1 & 2 (2007), and the Encyclopedia of Local History (2012). He has degrees in History from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato and he has taken additional coursework at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Members and guests may order food from the extensive Red's menu. Election of officers for the upcoming year will also take place at the General Meeting. If you plan to attend, please respond to Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865.



Carson City Historical Society Seeks
Teapots for Exhibit in July

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(Dateline June 19) The Carson City Historical Society is looking for unusual teapots it can borrow for its free Teapot Exhibit from July 1 through July 31, 2015, at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City. The teapots can be unique in some fashion: quaint, various sizes, elegant or funky. Teapots on loan will be for display only. Some of the teapots on display will be from the Museum's own collection and are used for Sunday Afternoon Teas, such as those scheduled for August 9 and October 11.

Admission to the Teapot Exhibit will be free. Hours of the exhibit will be announced shortly. For for more information, call Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865. For information about other Carson City Historical Society activities, see CCHistorical.org.

Pictured at right: Four of the "resident" china and stoneware teapots at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum will be joined by other teapots on loan to the Museum for the Teapot Exhibit in July.



"Sunday Afternoon Tea" - event cancelled
Sunday, June 14, 2015

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This event has been cancelled because of its close proximity to the Garden Tour. There will be other Teas later in the year (August 9 and October 11).



Historical Society Annual Garden Tour
Saturday, June 13, 2015

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Our 2015 Garden Tour is Saturday, June 13, 2015. This walking/driving tour includes some very special Carson City homes and gardens. The self-guided tour begins at 11:00 a.m. and will run until 4:00 p.m. More than a dozen carefully selected homes and gardens, some new to the tour, some old favorites, will be available for public viewing for this special event. We are pleased to announce that the Krebs-Petersen House will be opened for your admiration. This was the location of John Wayne's last movie, "The Shootist."

A lawn party follows the tour at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum (1207 N. Carson St.) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where we will serve wine and hors d'oeurves. There will be live music by singer June Joplin for all to enjoy as the perfect end to the day. The after party, which is included in the price of the tour ticket, will feature wine, appetizers and live music by local artist June Joplin. A raffle for an original painting by local artist, Stephanie Shefrin will be held. Raffle tickets are 6 for $5.00. We hope you will join us.

The Tour will raise funds for the Foreman-Roberts House Carriage House interior work. Tickets are $15 and go on sale May 9. The can be purchased at Due Sorella (Two Sisters), 202 N. Curry St., and at the Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St. for $15 each. Additionally, tickets will be available the day of the event at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum. Tickets are also available online at BrownPaperTickets.com (a service charge applies). Will call tickets with home maps can be picked up at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum the day of the tour. Only 250 tickets will be sold, so plan early to get your tickets to attend!

For further information, contact Julie at 775-841-6211.



Garden Tour Scheduled for
Saturday, June 13, 2015

Our 2015 Garden Tour is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2015. Volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer your house and/or garden for the tour, please leave a message for Mary Dorsey at 775-297-3099. The after-tour party will be held at Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson St., Carson City.



General Membership Meeting
Sunday, April 19, 2015 (postponed)

A General Membership meeting, tentatively schedule for Sunday, April 19, 2015, has been postponed until later this year.



Sunday Afternoon Tea
Sunday, April 12, 2015

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You are invited to another of the Carson City Historical Society's "Sunday Afternoon Teas" on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 North Carson Street. Our last one, on Feb. 8, was sold out. The "Tea" will feature a menu by Chef Mauricio Leon (at right) of Capital Eats, which is located in the Westside Pour House in Carson City. He is selecting a cake recipe from The Tea Magazine, and we will be raffling it off at the end of the Tea. Chef Mauricio has over 15 years of experience and has a passion for creating delicious foods and unique menus, using locally grown produce when they are available.

Photograph of Chef Mauricio Leon The tea is a fund raiser for the completion of the interior of the Carriage House, located on the same property as the Foreman-Roberts House Museum. Ticket price is $30. Make your reservations early as seating is limited to 18. Call DD Spencer between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. for tickets at (775) 741-7897. Deadline for reservations is March 30.

Future "Sunday Afternoon Teas" are being planned for June 14, August 9, and October 11.



Sunday Afternoon Tea
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

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You are invited to the Carson City Historical Society's "Sunday Afternoon Tea" on February 8, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 North Carson Street. The "Tea" will feature a new menu by Chef Mauricio Leon (at right) of Capital Eats, which is located in the Westside Pour House in Carson City. Chef Mauricio has over 15 years of experience and has a passion for creating delicious foods and unique menus, using locally grown produce when they are available.

Photograph of Chef Mauricio Leon The tea is a fund raiser for the completion of the interior of the Carriage House, located on the same property as the Foreman-Roberts House Museum. Ticket price is $30. Make your reservations early as seating is limited to 18. Call DD Spencer between 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. for tickets at (775) 741-7897.

Give a valentine treat to your family friends, and especialy for you!

Future "Sunday Afternoon Teas" are being planned for April 12, June 14, August 9, and October 11.



Membership Dues Were Due
By Jan. 31, 2015

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Here is a gentle reminder is due that membership dues for 2015 were due at the end of January. Dues are the same amount as last year: $25 for individual, $35 for a family, and $40 for private club membership. Checks can be sent to our new mailing address: CCHS, 112 North Curry, Carson City, NV 89703.



Carson City Historical Society Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

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The Carson City Historical Society and Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation's Christmas Party is coming up. You are invited to attend the Christmas Party on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. at the Bliss Mansion, 608 Elizabeth Street, Carson City.

Things To Expect:

  • Music By The "Regency Strings
  • Dr. Michael Fischer - Describing The Life of "Samuel Post Davis"
  • Chef Mauricio - Presenting His Tasty Cuisine - Plus Wine & Cider
  • Silent Auction With Exquisite Crystal Items and More

Seating is limited - Call D.D. Spencer at (775) 741-7897 for reservations, and mail checks to 112 N. Curry St.

$30.00 per person for CCHS members. $40.00 per person for non-members. Victorian or period dress is encouraged.



Memorial Wall Ceremony in Mills Park
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation (FBCCPR) will present Special Recognition Awards for year 2014 recipients in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. at the monument at the entrance to the Marv Teixeira Pavilion (formerly Pony Express Pavilion) in Mills Park. The public is invited to attend this free, outdoor event.

The awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Years - Rex Jennings has volunteered his time performing a variety of tasks and functions at Lone Mountain Cemetery for the last 12 years. Among other duties, he has provided minor maintenance, assisted customers with questions, helped in locating gravesites, and put out and raised the flags on holidays.
  • Volunteer of the Year - Donna N. Inversin oversees the Easy Walk and Easy Bike program along with being a trail advocate. She dedicates her time to discovering new trails and possible walking and biking paths to take all who are interested.
  • Organization of the Year - The Carson City Redevelopment Authority Citizens Committee (RACC) uses allocated redevelopment funds to better serve citizens. Among recent projects funded are the LED signage in front of the Community Center, needed improvements to the Carson City Fairgrounds (Fuji Park) that enabled the hosting of the NV150 Fair, and funding for signage outside the fairgrounds.
  • Business of the Year - Sign Pro, owned by Steve Reynolds, gave the Parks and Recreation Department many hours of volunteer assistance and guidance with the new digital sign project at the Community Center, including advice on developing technical specifications, evaluating proposals, and assisting in the Special Use Permit process.

This year the Foundation will present a one-time "Special Recognition Award" to former Mayor Marv Teixeira and his two sons, Allen and Matt, for their involvement and promotion of youth sports in Carson City. The awards will be presented posthumously to Marv and Allen.

Each recipient's name will be placed on the monument in Mills Park. The selection of award recipients is a cooperative effort among the Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, and the Carson City Historical Society. In addition, the names of Eugene Paslov and Jacki T. Montgomery will be added to the Wall of Memory. For more information, e-mail David Bugli at dcbugli@aol.com, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or Jo Saulisberry at 775-841-5570, or go to CCHistorical.org.



Potluck Picnic and Annual Meeting scheduled for
Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

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Our general membership meeting and Annual Picnic is scheduled for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2014, at Ron Machado's home at 310 Meyer St., just off of Division St. in Carson City. We're asking you to bring your own drinks and a side dish to share. The society will be supplying the plates & cutlery, fried chicken, and desert.

For questions and to RSVP, please call Gary at 885-7643.

At this meeting, there will be an election of officers. We are currently seeking volunteers to serve in all offices - Membership Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and President.



Memorial Wall Nominations Sought for 2014 Awards

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(Media Release, Sept. 6, 2014): Each year, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation (FBCCPR), in conjunction with the Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, recognizes individuals and groups who contribute to the vitality of the community and Carson City's recreational environment. FBCCPR is accepting nominations of individuals, organizations, and businesses to be recognized in 2014 for their contributions to Carson City's parks and recreation. The selected names will be added to the Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion at Mills Park, followed by an awards ceremony there on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. The categories are Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteer of the Years.

The public is invited to send award nominations with a brief biography and reason for nomination for each nominee to Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1864, Carson City, NV 89702-1864 prior to Oct. 4 (not Oct. 14, as previously published). A selection from the list of award nominees will be made on Oct. 6. Please submit selections by Sept. 26. Award nominations may also be e-mailed to Dcbugli@aol.com. Please put "FBCCPR Memorial Wall" in the subject line.

Other individuals can also be remembered or recognized on the Memorial Wall. If you make a donation of $100 or more to FBCCPR we will add the name of your "loved one" to a special section of the Memorial Wall. Please provide a small biography along with the donation to the same address as above by Oct. 4, 2014.

Contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154 if you have any questions.

Pictured: Richard Tieben, center, receiving the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for his rebuilding of the historical Pierini Oven House at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Park. David Bugli, FBCCPR President, left, and Roger Moellendorf, Parks & Recreation Director, are shown presenting the award.



Second Yard Sale of 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014

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The second of two yard sales for this year will be Saturday, August 16, 2014. (The first one on July 12 was a success.). This will be a one-day sales. Please contact Mary DeFelice, 775-882-0916, for further information. Also contact Mary for any donations you may have to support the Society.



Annual Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 9, 2014

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The annual ICE CREAM SOCIAL is Saturday, August 9, 2014, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 2107 N. Carson St., Carson City. Free entertainment will be provided by the Millennium Bugs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy ice cream and other refreshments for only $3. Enjoy the challenge of guessing what some antique items are and how they were used. Enjoy "how was it made?" demonstrations and "history in action." Exhibitors will demonstrate how the early inhabitants of Nevada made duck decoys out of tule rush, such as those that were discovered in the Lovelock Cave in 1911, and will demonstrate the art of basket weaving. This event is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society.

Want to contribute to the success of this event? We are looking for people who would like to share their talent and knowledge of "how it used to be done." If you have antique items and can show how they work, please bring them! Are you a blacksmith, candle maker, soap maker or do any kind of traditional-type of hand work? We would like to hear from you. Our "Show and Tell" will be held on the lawn of the Foreman-Roberts House Museum during the Ice Cream Social. It will be a great time to view our newly built Carriage House. Please call Loretta Williams, 841-3443, to reserve a spot on the lawn.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Gary Cain at 885-7643.

Update on the event: The CCHS reports in the September "newsy letter" the following: The Ice Cream Social was...our most successful to date in that we actually turned a small profit. As you know, this activity is not primarily a fund-raising event but an opportunity to let the people of Carson City know of our existence and hopefully wish to join the Society. Many thanks to Loretta Williams for her untiring efforts in organizing a wonderful display of living history participants. Thanks for the success of the event are likewise due to David Bugli and the Millennium Bugs for their terrific jazz performance - in the face of impending storms they continued to perform until the deluge drove them from their instruments. A festive time was had by all!



"Down the Garden Path"
Garden & Historical House Tour
Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Reserve the date. The Carson City Historical Society is presenting its "Down the Garden Path" Garden & Historical House Tour on Saturday, July 19, 2014. The self-guided tour starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Photograph of Barbara Baxter At 4:00 p.m. there will be a reception for all attendees with wine and refreshments being served. The location of the reception is indicated on the tickets. Singer Barbara Baxter (pictured at right) will be providing entertainment at the reception for garden tour ticket holders from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. She will be accompanied by Max Jackson, guest guitarist; Paul January on keyboard, trumpet, and vocals; and Phil Jerome on bass and trombone.

As with last year's event, there is a raffle for an original oil painting by Local Artist, Stephanie Shefrin. Tickets will be on sale June 10th at Due Sorella 6 tickets for $5.00.

Tickets at $10.00 and may be purchased, starting on June 10, at Due Sorella (Two Sisters), 202 N. Curry St., and at the Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry St. Also, on the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, call Julie Grady at 775-841-6211 or e-mail cchistoricalgardentour@gmail.com. This event is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and is a fundraiser for the completion of the Carriage House at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson St.

Update on the event: The CCHS reports in the September "newsy letter" the following: Our Garden Tour was the most successful to date! With 100+ tickets sold and many new properties - gardens and homes both - the Tour was very well received. The Society gives Julie Grady and Stephanie Shefrin from Due Sorella, the organizers of the Tour, a heartfelt thank you for all of their effort and passion in putting on the Tour. Thank you, too, to the many volunteers who worked hard to create such a lovely Tour.



First Yard Sale of 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014

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The first of two yard sales for this year will be Saturday, July 12, 2014. (The second one is on Saturday, August 16.) Each will be one-day sales. Please contact Mary DeFelice, 882-0916, for further information. Also contact Mary for any donations you may have to support the Society.



Reno's Dark Underbelly of Prostitution
and Drugs from 1900 through the 1950s
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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  Michael Fisher portraying H. F. Dangberg Sr.

Dr. Michael Fischer will do a lecture at the Business Innovation Resource Center (the BRIC), 108 E. Proctor Street, Carson City, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014, on "Reno's Dark Underbelly of Prostitution and Drugs from 1900 through the 1950s." It's based on a talk that he gave in Reno in March. Dr. Fischer is the former director of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. He likes to research shady characters and has gathered some rarely seen photographs and long-held secrets of the Reno's dark underbelly.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and is part of the Society's "Third Thursday" series of lectures.

For more information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or check the Society's website at CCHistorical.org.

Dr. Fischer is pictured, portraying H. F. Dangberg, Sr. in a 2009 CCHS lecture.



"Third Thursday" Lecture Series in 2014

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The "Third Thursday" lecture series, featuring talks about Nevada history on the third Thursday of the month, will resume in 2014. A number of lecturers have been contacted and scheduling each of them to fit our schedule and ensure we have a presentation space is in progress. Traditionally we held our lectures at the auditorium of the Carson City Library, but that space is being repurposed by the Library. However, the Library has been able to let us use The BRIC (Business Resource Innovation Center) at 108 E. Proctor St. (just north of City Hall) for several lectures. If you wish to be notified of these events by e-mail as they are scheduled, please send your name and e-mail address to Dcbugli@aol.com.



Carriage House Update
"Cold Shell" is completed

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We are thrilled and excited to thank you for the $70,000 you worked to gather for the completion of the exterior of the Foreman-Roberts Carriage House. Our sincere thanks to all of you, our members, as well as other friends of the Society for your gracious generosity. We have completed stage one, the exterior or "cold shell" of the Foreman-Roberts Carriage House.

We've been informed that the cost to finish out the Carriage House is approximately $47,000. We already have a generous offer of a donation to match up to $5,000. We will be pursing both corporate and casino donations as well.

If you would like to tour the Foreman-Roberts Carriage House, call Paula at 775-887-8865 to set an appointment.



EVENT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY
General Membership Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Due to the illness of several individuals, the April 29th dinner meeting has been postponed indefinitely. We will let the membership know when it has been rescheduled.

A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP DINNER MEETING is being called for April 29, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at Grandma Hattie's (private room), 2011 S. Carson St., Carson City. We hope to reinstate the General Membership dinners and get to know you a little better.

There are three choices for dinner, all $15 inclusive. Your choice: 2 double pork chops OR cowboy steak with mushrooms OR crunchy shrimp and chips. Included with your entree are soup or salad, potato and vegetable, honey glazed roll, non-alcoholic drink, single scoop ice cream sundae, tax and tip. Wine or beer is extra.

Deadline for making reservation is April 25 (Friday). Please indicate on your check which entree you want and your phone number. Send your check to Jan Perry, 3080 Austin Lane, Carson City, NV 89703.



The Virginia & Truckee Railway at mid-century and beyond...a personal glimpse
A Lecture by Steve VanDenburgh
Thursday, March 20, 2014

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The Third Thursday lecture series continues. Our first program of 2014 is "The Virginia & Truckee Railway at mid-century and beyond...a personal glimpse," by Steve VanDenburgh. It will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at BRIC, 108 E. Proctor Street. Admission is free.

Steve is a life-long Westerner and a 46-year resident of Carson City. He has been specializing in railroading-related topics since 1948 (age 12).

He will display a number of photographs related to railroading. The V&T imagery is dominated by railroading-related scenes in the Carson City area from 1949, but it also includes additional views from 1953 onward. That photography is preceded by several classic non-railroad images that reveal rural and downtown settings in the Carson City area during the 1940s; they were recorded by long-time Glenbrook property owner Edmund Maute Spieker (1895-1978).



Carson City Research Group Presentation
Carson City's Lost Historic Structures by Jed Block
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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The Carson City Research Group is starting up again. Their first lecture will be one of a series on Carson City Historic Homes. This time the focus will be on those we have lost.

The Carson City Research Group is presenting a lecture and slide show by Jed Block on "Carson City's Lost Historic Homes and Buildings." The lecture will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the BRIC, located at 108 E. Proctor Street, Conference Room A. Additional discussion will be on the procedures for saving our historic homes. The Carson City Research Group meetings are hosted by Sue Ballew, Past Pages writer and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher. Lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information, please call 775-220-6278.



Carson City Historical Society Christmas Party and Annual Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

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The Carson City Historical Society and Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation's Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Bliss Mansion (608 Elizabeth Street) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and we will be very pleased if you will come. Squeek Steele will be performing excerpts of her extensive repertoire on piano. She will take requests, play a few holiday pieces, and, of course, perform pieces from her wide-ranging ragtime repertoire. Tasty finger foods will be accompanied by wine, sparkling cider, or water. If you haven't been inside the Bliss, then this is your opportunity. If you have visited the Bliss, then you know what a marvelous venue it is. We thank our friends, Steve and Cyndy Brenneman, owners of the Bliss Mansion, for sharing this wonderful venue with us again.

Cost for this event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Please send your check made payable to Carson City Historical Society, to Chuck Saulisberry, 909 Norrie Drive, Carson City, NV 89703 before December 5, 2012.

Our annual meeting will be held as part of the event. Nominations for all offices will be taken from the membership. While the current officers have agreed to continue for the next year they would certainly appreciate some new ideas! Please consider becoming an officer. In addition to the general election, reports will be provided for the membership. Questions will be answered to the best of our ability.

Members who pay their dues for 2014 at the Christmas Party will receive their membership cards, the Society's Bylaws, and a current list of members. Membership is $25 per person or $35 for family and includes our newsletter plus the opportunity to attend historical events.

We are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with you. For further information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or at DCBugli@aol.com.

Pictured: Squeek Steele will provide entertainment on the piano



Carson City Parks & Rec awards recognition
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation (FBCCPR) will present Special Recognition Awards for year 2013 recipients in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at the monument at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion in Mills Park. The public is invited to attend this free, outdoor event.

The awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Years - Scott Tully, an individual who has an impressive, sustained record of donating his time and expertise for recreation programs.
  • Volunteer of the Year - Richard Tieben, who donated his time and talents to rebuild the historical Pierini Oven House at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Park/Riverview Park.
  • Organization of the Year - "Let Them Be Kids," founded by Ian and Gina Hill, assists the Aquatics Center Staff in providing a swimming lesson program geared toward children who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.
  • Business of the Year - Resource Concepts Incorporated (RCI) has provided expert professional services to the Parks & Recreation Department in the areas including effluent water monitoring, civil engineering, natural resource management, outdoor recreation planning, and agricultural consulting for many years.

Each recipient's name will be placed on the monument in Mills Park. The selection of award recipients is a cooperative effort among the Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, and the Carson City Historical Society. In addition, the names of Bonnie K. Dietrich, Rolf A. Johnson, and Jeffrey L. Scott will be added to the Wall of Memory. For more information, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154 or Jo Saulisberry at 775-841-5570 or go to CCHistorical.org.



Special Recognition Award Nominations Sought
Awards Ceremony Will Be Nov. 12, 2013

Photograph of Jeff Potter getting award in 2012

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation (FBCCPR) is accepting nominations for its Special Recognition Awards. The public is encouraged to nominate individuals, organizations, and businesses to be recognized for their contributions to Carson City's parks and recreation. The selected names will be added to the granite Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion at Mills Park, followed by an awards ceremony there on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 4:30 p.m. The categories are Organization of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Volunteer of the Years.

The public is invited to send award nominations with a brief biography for each nominee to Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1864, Carson City, NV 89702-1864 prior to Oct. 14. A selection from the ballot of award nominees will be made at the Foundation's Oct. 14 board meeting. Please submit selections by October 9. Award nominations may also be e-mailed to Dcbugli@aol.com. Please put "FBCCPR Memorial Wall" in the subject line.

Loved ones can also be remembered on the Memorial Wall. If you make a donation of $100 or more to FBCCPR we will add the name of your loved one to a special section of the Memorial Wall. Please provide a small biography along with the donation to the same address as above by Oct. 14, 2013.

Contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154 if you have any questions.

A list of names on the Wall of Memory and of the Special Recognition Awards recipients (1994 to 2012) can be found by clicking HERE.

Photo: David Bugli (left), FBCCPR President, and Roger Moellendorf (right), Director of Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, present the 2012 Volunteer of the Year award to Jeff Potter (center), enthusiastic supporter and builder of trails on Carson City's west side, at last year's ceremony in front of the Memorial Wall.



Mary Fischer Presents "Carson City's History in Motion" Lecture
Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Mary Fischer will present a free lecture called "Carson City's History in Motion" on Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Fisher is from GROW (Gardeners Reclaiming Our Waysides). Her talk will discuss the various artistic vignettes presented at each of the gateways and interchanges of the Carson City Freeway/Bypass. The lecture will be at the Business Resource Innovation Center, the BRIC, which is a partnership of Carson City Library, Office of Business Development, Building, Engineering, Planning, and Business Licensing and is located at 108 E. Proctor Street.

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Residents and visitors of Carson City may be familiar with the large eagle sculpture at the north end of the Bypass introducing southbound travelers to the Eagle Valley. Vignettes along the Bypass to the south, as far as Fairview Drive, relate to the history of Carson City. Other vignettes are planned for Phase II of the Bypass project when the Bypass connects with Route 50 at the base of Spooner Summit.

Click here to see a brochure with a map of the vignettes in Phase I of the Bypass in a new window.

GROW is a grassroots organization that started as a cooperative effort of Master Gardener volunteers and concerned citizens of the community. GROW worked with other citizen groups and organizations to have landscaping, artwork, and a multi-use pathway included along the 580 freeway ("Carson Bypass") corridor. The goal is to develop an eye-pleasing corridor for walking, biking and other recreational activities and an attractive roadway for vehicular traffic.

Information about Mary Fischer's book, "Carson City's History in Motion" can be found at www.Blurb.com, where you can search for "Mary Fischer Grow" to locate her book.

This presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of a planned series of "Third Thursday" lectures by the Carson City Historical Society and is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Library. If you have questions, please contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.



Flea Market/Yard Sale at Foreman-Roberts
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013

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We are planning to have two flea markets/yard sales at the Foreman-Roberts House, on July 6 and Aug. 17, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendor rent proceeds from these Saturday-only sales will be donated to the Carson City Historical Society. The vendors for these sales must have items for sale that are considered antique or collectible. The CCHS will also have a table to sell donated items.

If you have antiques or collectible items to be donated, or if you are interested in setting up at these sales, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



Jennifer E. Riddle, Sena M. Loyd, and Stacy L. Branham Present
"Nevada State Prison: A History,"
a Lecture on Thursday, August 15, 2013

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A bloody palm print, footprints of monster men, the nation's first legal lethal gas chamber--all of this and more are at the heart of the Nevada State Prison story. Find out about these nuggets of history by attending a free lecture entitled "Nevada State Prison: A History" on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. Jennifer E. Riddle, Sena M. Loyd, and Stacy L. Branham, co-authors along with Curt Thomas of the recently published book, "Nevada State Prison," will be making the presentation. The lecture will be at the Business Resource Innovation Center, the BRIC, which is a partnership of Carson City Library, Office of Business Development, Building, Engineering, Planning, and Business Licensing and is located at 108 E. Proctor Street.

Founded in 1862, before Nevada was "battle born," the prison is the oldest continuously operated penal facility in the state. Over its 150-year history, the prison has been home to some of Nevada's most notorious criminals as well as some of the state's stranger events. Fossilized footprints of a "giant race of man" were found buried deep within the prison quarry. The prints gave rise to the infamous Homo Nevadensis, a supposed lost branch of the human evolutionary tree. On the more macabre side, the prison hosted the nation's first state-sanctioned execution by lethal gas. While dutifully and vigilantly serving its penal function, the Nevada State Prison has periodically garnered international attention and amassed a history worthy of study.

Please join us to take a look at unpublished images, learn a bit more about those that did get published, and explore the storied history not included in the book.

This presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of a series of "third Thursday" lectures by the Carson City Historical Society and is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Library. For more information, please see CCHistorical.org or contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

Pictured: Authors Curt Thomas, Jennifer E. Riddle, Stacy L. Branham, and Sena M. Loyd in front of the Nevada State Prison.



Carson City Historical Society Hosts Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 3, 2013

Come join the fun on a cool summer evening when the Carson City Historical Society hosts their annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson St. The event is free, and it costs only $3.00 to enjoy the ice cream and cookies.

The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. Mountain men and quilters will demonstrate their techniques. There will be demonstrations of hide tanning, wool spinning, weaving, and candle wicking. Meet a man who makes Native American flutes and hear these flutes played. You can learn about flintlock rifles - their history and how they were made - from C.J. Birch.

Starting at 6:00 p.m., the Millennium Bugs, the five-piece combo associated with the Mile High Jazz Band, will be performing until 8:00 p.m. This event is on the first Saturday of the "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival," which has been celebrated in Carson City in one form or another each August since 2004. For more information on the festival, go to JazzCarsonCity.com.

Proceeds benefit the Carson City Historical Society which, along with its sister organization, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, maintain the Foreman-Roberts House Museum and the Wungnema House. The Historical Society presents a lecture series on the third Thursdays of several months each year. For information on the Historical Society, go to CCHistorical.org or call 775-883-4154.

At right: The Millennium Bugs in a picture taken in front of the Foreman-Roberts House Museum a few years ago.



Tom Henderson and Kyle Horvath Present "Walking Lecture" on
the History of Trees in Carson City
Thursday, July 18, 2013

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The Carson City Historical Society presents a free "walking lecture" on the "History of Trees in Carson City" on Thurday, July 18, 2013. The presentation begins at the Carson City Library Auditorium, 900 N. Roop St., at 6:00 p.m. with a short movie about trees of our area. Kyle Horvath, current chair of the city's Shade Tree Council, will introduce Lee Ann Keever, former chair of the Council who was involved in the production of the movie several years ago. Then, participants will drive over to the Capitol Ground for the rest of the lecture. There, in the peaceful, evening shade of the many trees that blanket the once-barren Capitol Grounds, join Tom Henderson, a Certified Tree Risk Assessor and an ISA Certified Arborist, as he discusses the trees surrounding the Capitol and more about the history of trees. Last year, as part of the Carson City Historical Society's Garden Tour, Tom gave a similar "tree walk" in this serene, park-like setting.

The Carson area of the Eastern Sierra is home to many beautiful trees. Many of the Eastern ornamental trees planted by George Washington Gale Ferris, Sr. (father of the inventor of the Ferris wheel) in the late 1800s still adorn the Capitol grounds. Carson City is home to 25 Nevada champion trees, some on the Capitol grounds. Tom will share insights into what the fossil record shows us of some of the earliest tree species in our area.

Thomas Henderson is the President and Owner of Healthy Trees, Inc. He is also known in Carson City as founder of the Fruit Barons, a group of volunteers who pick fruit and donate the harvest to several local charitable organizations. You can find him on stage with the Carson Chamber Singers and Consort Conzona (early music), where he sings bass. He "grew up" in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived in Carson City since 1980. His website is www.healthytreesonline.com.

Kyle Horvath is head of Panacea Planning Group and an avid tree lover. He organized the June 21st Blinky Man event in Carson City.

This presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of a planned series of "Third Thursday" lectures by the Carson City Historical Society and is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Library. If you have questions, please contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.



Carriage House Project
Winning bid received on July 12, 2013

Drawing of proposed Carriage House

The bids for the Foreman-Roberts Carriage House project were received on July 12, 2013, and we are happy to report that we have a winning bid! Construction will begin on August 19, 2013. As part of the construction, the ramp to the Foreman-Roberts House Museum kitchen will be removed, and a new ADA-compliant access will eventually be incorporated into the site.

The project's public notice (request for bids) appeared in the June 19, 2013, edition of the Nevada Appeal. Information about this bid (#1213-193) can be found at http://www.carson.org/Index.aspx?page=998, general plans can be found at http://www.carson.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=36441, and grading plan can be found at http://www.carson.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=36440.

We want to thank the city for all its hard work on this project.



Flea Market/Yard Sale at Foreman-Roberts
Saturday, July 6, 2013

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We are planning to have two flea markets/yard sales at the Foreman-Roberts House, on July 6 and Aug. 17, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendor rent proceeds from these Saturday-only sales will be donated to the Carson City Historical Society. The vendors for these sales must have items for sale that are considered antique or collectible. The CCHS will also have a table to sell donated items.

If you have antiques or collectible items to be donated, or if you are interested in setting up at these sales, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



"Down the Garden Path" Garden and Historic House Tour
Saturday, June 22, 2013

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The Carson City Historical Society invites you to visit private gardens and historic homes, speak with their gardeners and hear the history of the homes on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 12 to 4:30 p.m. One of the homes on the tour will be the Bliss Mansion.

At 4:30 p.m., there will be a reception for all attendees at 214 W. King Street, in the garden. There you will have an opportunity to speak with several experts in the plant and gardening fields, including David and Julie Ruf from the Greenhouse Garden Center, JoAnne Skelly from the UNR Co-operative Extension, Tom Henderson from Healthy Trees and David Zhart the "Bee Man." Wine and refreshments will be served.

The Mark Twain Garden Club will have unique bird feeders for sale at the reception. The Garden Club has been in Carson City since 1949 and in 2010 was recognized as Organization of the Year by the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation.

Tickets are only $10 per person or $8 for Historical Society members. For details call Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865. Tickets may be purchased starting June 1 at the Greenhouse Garden Center, 2450 S. Curry or at Due Sorella (Two Sisters, antiques and gifts), 202 N. Curry.

On the day of the tour tickets can be purchased at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson Street, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. For more information call Paula Cannon, Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916, or Jan Perry at 775-884-1448.



Author Sally Mooney to Lecture on Sunnyside Ranch
Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Sally Whipple Mooney will present a free lecture called "On the Sunnyside of Life," based on her book by the same name, on Thursday, June 20, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Carson City Library auditorium, 900 N. Roop St. Her book is a fascinating collection of short stories about life on an isolated cattle ranch, Sunnyside Ranch, in eastern Nevada, where she grew up.

Ms. Mooney writes, "When I read stories of women on ranches, I wonder if I should consider myself a ranch woman at all. I lost that life when I was twenty years old. Then I realize in my heart I have never left the ranch. It is where I will always be. If you'd ever lived a cowboy life, it will forever define who you are. Those years defined who I am from my work ethic to my love of being outdoors and alone." Ms. Mooney is a retired schoolteacher who taught at Bordewich-Bray Elementary School, Fritsch Elementary School, and Eagle Valley Middle School.

This presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of a planned series of "Third Thursday" lectures by the Carson City Historical Society and is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Library. If you have questions, please contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.

Ms. Mooney's book, "On the Sunnyside of Life," is available through Amazon.



Carriage House Project Goes Out to Bid

Drawing of proposed Carriage House

The Foreman-Roberts Carriage House Project went out to bid! The project's public notice appeared in the June 19, 2013, edition of the Nevada Appeal. Information about this bid (#1213-193) can be found at http://www.carson.org/Index.aspx?page=998, general plans can be found at http://www.carson.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=36441, and grading plan can be found at http://www.carson.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=36440.

Sealed bids will be accepted until 11:00 a.m. on July 12, 2013, and the bids will be opened ten minutes later.

This is exciting news. We want to thank the city for help with this whole process.



CANCELLED
Fashion Show
Sunday, March 17, 2013

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We are sorry to report that the annual Victorian Fashion Show, originally scheduled for March 17, 2013, at the Nevada State Museum, has been cancelled.



Time to renew memberships

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Dues were due Jan. 1, 2013, for 2013. If you have already renewed, THANK YOU!!

If you have not renewed your membership for 2013, please send your check to Chuck Saulisberry, Carson City Historical Society, PO Box 1864, Carson City NV 89702. Single membership is still only $25. Family membership is $35.



Annual CCHS Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

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The Carson City Historical Society's Christmas party will be Sunday, December 16, 2012, at the Bliss Mansion from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and we will be very pleased if you will come. If you haven't been inside the Bliss, then this is your opportunity. If you have visited the Bliss, then you know what a marvelous venue it is.

We are sure to have a festive holiday afternoon with hors d'oeurves, wine, and two kinds of entertainment. Dr. Michael Fischer, well-known Chautauqua speaker, will treat us to his impersonation of Governor John Sparks. This promises to be a fun way to learn about one of Nevada's most colorful Governors. His home, The Alamo, was re-sited on Old Hwy 395. Probably you have been curious about the yellow house sitting in the curve of the hill. That's it!

Following Dr. Fischer, Consort Trio (a trio from the popular Consort Canzona including harpsichord, cello, and recorder) will perform. The trio will play music from AD 1400 to 1620. You won't want to miss this delightful performance!

Cost for this event is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Please send your check made payable to Carson City Historical Society to Chuck Saulisberry, 207 Doolittle Court, Dayton, NV 89403 before December 12, 2012.

We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas with you.



Carson City Parks & Rec awards recognition ceremony held on
Monday, November 12, 2012

Photograph of Jeff Potter getting his award

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation presented awards to the 2012 recipients of its Special Recognition Awards at a brief ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012. Several dozen people were in attendance. The awards were for the following:

  • Volunteer of the Years - Greg Davis - True leader in youth sports in general and YSA and youth soccer specifically.
  • Volunteer of the Year - Jeff Potter - Enthusiastic supporter and builder of trails on Carson City's west side.
  • Organization of the Year - GROW (Gardeners Reclaiming Our Waysides) - No other organization has made such a one-time big year splash to improve the appearance of Carson City while at the same time providing thought provoking enhancements to our Carson City Freeway project.
  • Business of the Year - Finest Fence LLC - They have had a long relationship with Carson City Parks and Recreation, and have a long history of excellent customer service.

Each recipient's name was placed on the monument in Mill Park at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion. The selection of award recipients is a cooperative effort among the Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation (FBCCPR), and the Carson City Historical Society. In addition, the names of Caden Tyler Huarte and Vickie C. Rybak were add to the wall of memory.

Pictured, from left to right, are Jo Saulisberry, Vice President of FBCCPR; David Bugli, President of FBCCPR; Jeff Potter, recipient of Volunteer of the Year Award; and Roger Moellendorf, Director of Carson City Parks & Recreation Department.



Carson City Parks & Rec awards recognition
Monday, November 12, 2012

Photograph of Mills Park in the fall

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation will be presenting awards to its 2012 recipients of its Special Recognition Awards in the following categories:

  • Volunteer of the Years - Greg Davis - True leader in youth sports in general and YSA and youth soccer specifically.
  • Volunteer of the Year - Jeff Potter - Enthusiastic supporter and builder of trails on Carson City's west side.
  • Organization of the Year - GROW (Gardeners Reclaiming Our Waysides) - No other organization has made such a one-time big year splash to improve the appearance of Carson City while at the same time providing thought provoking enhancements to our Carson City Freeway project.
  • Business of the Year - Finest Fence LLC - They have had a long relationship with Carson City Parks and Recreation, and have a long history of excellent customer service.

Each recipient's name will be placed on the monument in Mill Park at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion. The selection of award recipients is a cooperative effort among the Carson City Parks & Recreation Department, the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, and the Carson City Historical Society. In addition, the names of Caden Tyler Huarte and Vickie C. Rybak will be add to the wall of memory. There will be a brief ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2012. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Jo Saulisberry at 775-246-5570.



Annual Meeting re-scheduled for
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

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You are warmly invited to join us for lunch and our annual meeting on Sunday, September 30. 2012, at Gold Canyon Steakhouse in Dayton (160 Main Street, phone 775-246-7331). (Please note that it was previously announced that the meeting would be on Sept. 16 at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum.) If you are coming from Carson City on Highway 50, turn left onto Main Street. The restaurant is a 1/10 of a mile, on the right. Look for the building with the porch with a white post railing.

Please plan on sitting down no later than 1:00 p.m. for lunch. A brief update on Society's activities, affirmation of election status and other business will follow.

We have made arrangements for attendees to visit Dayton Historical Society's Museum following our meeting. While the tour of the Museum is free, a donation will be greatly appreciated. If you wish to tour the museum, a docent will be available.

Please make your luncheon selection and send your check, made payable to Carson City Historical Society, to Chuck Saulisberry, 207 Doolittle Court, Dayton, NV 89403. He will give your order to the restaurant on Wednesday, Sept. 26, so there will be no delay in serving you. Of course, there will be a no-host bar.

All lunch selections include lunch, non-alcoholic drink, tax & tip.

$12 Lunch Selections

  1. Chicken Salad with Fresh Berries
  2. Taco Salad
  3. Tuna Salad Sandwich with Fries
  4. Vegetarian Fettuccini

    $15 Lunch Selections

  5. Turkey Swiss Sandwich
  6. Spicy Chipotle Chicken Spinach Wrap with Fries
  7. Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Fries
  8. Ham & Blue Sandwich with Fries
  9. Philly Cheese Steak
  10. Gold Canyon Burger with Fries
  11. Classic Burger with Fries
  12. Fish & Chips

We are looking forward to seeing you again on Sunday, Sept. 30.



Park Foundation is accepting nominations

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The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, Inc. (the Park Foundation) is accepting nominations of individuals and organizations and businesses to be recognized for their contributions to Carson City's park and recreation. The selected names will be added to Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion followed by a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. at the Memorial Way.

The categories are:

  • Organization of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Years

Nominations: A selection from the ballot of nominees will be made at the Park Foundation's October 8, 2012, board meeting. Please send your nominations with a small biography to Jo Saulisberry, 207 Doolittle Court, Dayton, NV 89403 by October 1, 2012, or call 775-246-5570 for more information.

Remembering loved ones: If you make a donation of $100 or more to the Park Foundation, we will add the name of your loved one to this Memorial Wall. Please send your donation with a small biography to The Park Foundation, P.O. Box 1864, Carson City, NV 89702-1864 by October 29, 2012.



Saturday, August 11, 2012
Flea Market/Yard Sale at Foreman-Roberts

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We are planning to have two flea markets/yard sales at the Foreman-Roberts House, on July 7 and August 11, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendor rent proceeds from these Saturday-only sales will be donated to the Carson City Historical Society. The vendors for these sales must have items for sale that are considered antique or collectible. The CCHS will also have a table to sell donated items.

If you have antiques or collectible items to be donated or if you are interested in setting up at these sales, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



Carson City Historical Society Hosts Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Come join the fun on a cool summer evening when the Carson City Historical Society hosts their annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012, at Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson St.

The Millennium Bugs, with David Bugli, will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but other activities will be earlier in the afternoon. Details are pending. (This event will be on the first Saturday of the "Jazz! Carson City" music festival, which has been celebrated in Carson City in one form or another each August since 2004. For more information on the festival, go to JazzCarsonCity.com.)

At left: some of the lovely young ladies from the 2008 Ice Cream Social.
At right: some of the %^&*#@$ old guys from the Millennium Bugs.



August 2012 Newsletter Available On-line

The August 2012 edition of our the CCHS Newsletter is now available online at http://cchistorical.org/newsletters/2012_08_newsletter.pdf. Copies were mailed to CCHS members 8/1/2012.


Saturday, July 7, 2012
Flea Market/Yard Sale at Foreman-Roberts

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We are planning to have two flea markets/yard sales at the Foreman-Roberts House, on July 7 and August 11, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The vendor rent proceeds from these Saturday-only sales will be donated to the Carson City Historical Society. The vendors for these sales must have items for sale that are considered antique or collectible. The CCHS will also have a table to sell donated items.

If you have antiques or collectible items to be donated or if you are interested in setting up at these sales, call Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916.



C.J. Birch Presents "Flintlock Rifles in Early America"
Monday, June 11, 2012

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C.J. Birch will present "Flintlock Rifles in Early America" at the Carson City Library on Monday, June 11, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Birch makes reproductions of historical rifles. He will show and discuss his reproductions of flintlock rifles that have historic significance. Among these reproductions are the rifle given to George Washington when he retired from the presidency, the rifle that Edward Marshall used when he did the "Walking Purchase" of 1737 (claiming the land that is now Pennsylvania), Daniel Boone's gun, and the Lancaster rifle used by Natty Bumppo, the fictional hero of Last of the Mohicans. He will also display hunting bags and powder horns.

Mr. Birch is a former band director at Carson High School and has studied gun making with Jim Chambers and Jim Klein. Although he is not a reenactor himself, he attends civil war reenactments. Several of his rifles reflect his Kentucky roots.

The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Carson City Historical Society in cooperation with the Carson City Library.



Garden Tour
Saturday, June 9, 2012

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The Carson City Historical Society invites you to visit private gardens, talk with their gardeners, and tour the new Greenhouse at Carson High School, on Saturday, June 9, 2012, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Talk with gardeners of those gardens and purchase established plants and other starts. At 4:30 p.m., be at 214 W. King Street garden to hear a talk, with questions and answers called "Put the Garden Tour to Bed" by JoAnne Skelly (pictured at right), Extension Educator for the UNR Cooperative Extension. There will be wine and refreshments. In addition, there will be artists' demonstrations at the Foreman-Roberts House.

Tickets are only $10 per person. Advanced tickets sales will be at Greenhouse Garden Center and Westwall Militaria. Tickets will also go on sale at the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson Street, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on June 9. For more information call Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865, Mary DeFelice at 775-882-0916, or Jan Perry at 775-884-1448.

The Mark Twain Garden Club will have available established plants and starts. The Garden Club has been in Carson City since 1949 planting around the Brewery Arts Center, Governor's Mansion, the old Carson-Tahoe Hospital, Mills Park, and other locations. In 2010 it was recognized as Organization of the Year by the Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation (The Park Foundation).

The Carson City Historical Society is sponsoring the gardens-only tour. The Society will appreciate members attending the garden tour.

Additional information: The tour this year features a Tree Walk of our Capitol Grounds by Tom Henderson of Healthy Trees. Before the Garden Tour, from 10 a.m. to about 11 a.m., Tom will stroll our Capitol's arboretum discussing the historic background of these venerable trees. Stop for a bite to eat at the downtown Farmer's Market before or after the Tree Walk, then begin the Garden Tour at 1pm.

(Posting updated 6/8/12.)



Research Group Meets at Carson City Library
70 year anniversary of "The Remarkable Andrew" -- movie viewing
Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Here is a message from Sue Ballew concerning the Carson City Research Group:

We're going to have a Carson City Research Group meeting Saturday, May 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carson City Library. While I was doing "Past Pages" this week, I ran across a story about the showing of "The Remarkable Andrew" and the opening scene of the movie shows the old post office, now the Laxalt Building. Also shown is the Rinckel Mansion. This was filmed partly in Carson City in 1942 and shown in the theater here which used to be was at the corner of Carson and Robinson. I have been able to gain access to use of the movie through the Carson City Library who is sponsoring the event along with the Carson City Research group.

Wouldn't it be fun to step back in time to 70 years ago and see what Carson City was like? There are a few photos from the time the movie was made in Carson City also. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring a beverage. There will be a short meeting just prior to the showing of the movie. All of our meetings are free and should be a lot of fun!

The film is 81 minutes long and stars Brian Donlevy, William Holden, Ellen Drew, and others. Here is a brief summary: When Andrew Long, an accountant played by William Holden, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see.

Hope you can come.

Pictured at left is William Holden



Thursday, May 17, 2012
Jed Block to do "Now and Then" Slideshow

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Jeb Block will be doing a slideshow/talk on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Carson City Library. The title of the talk is "Now and Then: a Pictorial Analysis of Carson City Changes." Mr. Block has collected numerous pictures of Carson City's Carson Street and downtown area from earlier periods, such as the 1950s and 1960s, and compares them to recently taken photos of the same locations. These comparisons reveal a lot about the history of Carson City and the colorful people who shaped its future. The event is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Carson City Historical Society in cooperation with the Carson City Library.

Jed Block is a third generation Nevadan born and raised in Carson City, Graduated from Carson High School, BA in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Currently (or recently) he sits on the Board of Equalization, the Carson City Cultural Commission, is/was Vice President of the Brewery Arts Center, and fills the Carson City Chamber of Commerce seat for Redevelopment Authority Citizen Committee. He is very interested in Carson City History and would one day like to have a City Museum or a wing of the Nevada State Museum. His family owned business, State Agent and Transfer Syndicate, Inc., was formed here in Carson in 1903.



Research Group Meets at Carson City Library
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Event cancelled

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The Carson City Research Group will meet on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carson City Library.

The Research Group meetings are free and open to the public. They are hosted by Sue Ballew, "Past Pages" writer, and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher.



Research Group Meets at Carson City Library
Saturday, March 17, 2012

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The Carson City Research Group will meet on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop. Topics will include architectural review, "then and now" photos of historic homes (Powerpoint presentation) and a mini-tour of the east side.

The Research Group meetings are free and open to the public. They are hosted by Sue Ballew, "Past Pages" writer, and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher.



Victorian Fashion Show
Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3-6 p.m. to attend the third annual Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles! The Daily Grind of 19th Century Women Fashion Show held at the Nevada State Museum. Tickets are $30 and will be available beginning Feb. 1, 2012, at the Nevada State Museum store. Only 90 tickets will be sold in order to maximize the experience for attendees, so make sure to get yours soon! Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the NSM and the Carson City Historical Society.

The event will highlight women's fashions from the 1850s through the early 20th century, roughly the same time period that Queen Victoria reigned in Britain - hence the "Victorian" Era. The fashions for the event come from the collection of Tina Davis-Hersey and Carolyn Davis. The collection includes original outfits as well as costumes created by the mother-daughter duo from historic patterns. The show will follow a series of vignettes of daily Victorian life, from dressing in the morning to dancing in the evening.

The Museum's most recent exhibition, Dress and Designer, features the inaugural ball gowns worn by First Lady Kathleen Sandoval and designed by fashion designer and UNR art professor Virginia Vogel. Mrs. Sandoval had two gowns made, one she wore to the ball in Las Vegas and the other in Reno. Both gowns use the same fabric, with similar skirts, but the design and cut of each bodice and jacket are very different.

Curator Jan Loverin of the Marjorie Russell Textile Center has installed two cases featuring women's winter wear from the 1910s and 1920s, located in the slot machine gallery. Dramatic in black and white, each case features beautiful black silk velvet outerwear and accessories.

A reception with refreshments and raffle will follow the show. Music will be provided by the Silver Strings, a quartet of musicians from the Carson City Symphony. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for the event.

Contact Tina Davis-Hersey at 671-2364 for further information.



Mike Thomas to Speak on "George Washington, American Hero"
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

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Mike Thomas will give a presentation entitled "George Washington, American Hero" on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, (Washington's birthdate) from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Carson City Library. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. This slide-show lecture examines the life of the "Father of Our Country." It is the story of a gentleman farmer who stepped up and served his country when it needed him the most. You will see why his life demonstrates the true meaning of the phrase, "Duty, Honor, Country."

Mike Thomas is a popular lecturer who provides History & Science presentations in the Northern Nevada & Northern California region. He is the President of the Western Nevada Astronomical Society, which is the operating group for the Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College. Mr. Thomas is known for his entertaining & educational programs.

The lecture is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and is free and open to the general public. For information, call 775-887-8865.



Research Group Meets at Carson City Library
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 - CANCELLED

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The February 18 meeting of the Carson City Research Group has been CANCELLED due to family illness. See you in March!

The Carson City Research Group will meet on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Carson City Library.

The Research Group meetings are free and open to the public. They are hosted by Sue Ballew, "Past Pages" writer, and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher.

NOTE: The Sierra Writer's and Publishers Group on February 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. IS STILL ON. Pat Cuellar will be coordinating everything for that afternoon, and Bob Reid will be there to speak.



Research Group Meets at Smail House
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

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The Carson City Research Group will meet on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at White Cat Antiques, which is located in the historic Smail House at 512 North Curry, in Carson City. The topic will be, "A Kid on the V & T" and will feature a surprise guest speaker. Find out what Carson City was like in the 1950s when a kid could ride on the Virginia and Truckee, see photos of the old days and the old times when the V & T was still here. It will also be a continuation of "The Mystery of Curry Street" and will entail a short guided tour of historic homes and locations on Curry. It'll be so much fun!

The Research Group meetings are free and open to the public. They are hosted by Sue Ballew, "Past Pages" writer, and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher.



Allen Rowe to speak on Numismatics
Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Allen Rowe is speaking at the Carson Public Library on Thursday, January 19, 2012, in a presentation called "Numismatic Talk." Mr. Rowe is the owner of the Northern Nevada Coin stores, both here in Carson City (across from the Nevada State Museum) and in Reno on Plumb Lane.

Mr. Rowe is a member of the professional Numismatics Guild and a columnist for the Nevada Appeal. His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auditorium doors will open at 6:00 p.m. A question-and-answer session will be at the end of the presentation, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Rowe's talk is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and is open and free to the public. For further information, please call 775-887-8865.

Northern Nevada Coin's web site, at http://www.brokencc.com, contains a minute-by-minute price of gold, silver, and platinum. The website also has links to pages concerning information on the Carson City Mint, the coins minted there, and the No. 1 press that is located there.



Historical Society Holiday Party "The Night Sky"
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011

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Photograph of the Richard Elloyan

The Carson City Historical Society has a heavenly theme for this year's Christmas Party on December 11, 2011, 6-8 pm, at the lovely Bliss Mansion, 710 W. Robinson St., which will be decorated in full holiday regalia for the occasion.

Guests at the second annual Christmas Party will enjoy a catered dinner with wine, the opportunity to bid on historical items through silent auctions, and exceptional entertainment.

The evening will begin with a talk on "Jews in Nevada" by our esteemed retired State Archivist, Guy Rocha. Mr. Rocha is currently consulting with PBS on a new documentary about Carson City's Jewish history. So prominent were Jewish businesses in 1800s Carson, that the sky "went dark" during high Jewish holidays.

After dinner, guests will enjoy an intimate concert by local cowboy poet, Richard Elloyan. Mr. Elloyan is known for his lyrical and visually graphic stories of the modern West, some humorous, many about our "Big Nevada Sky," and all reflecting his love for Nevada. Richard has recently released his fourth CD and was honored by Governor Brian Sandoval at the 2011 Inaugural Arts and Culture Celebration this past January.

Tickets are limited to 50 people; $50 for CCHS members, $65 for non-members. Entrance for the party will be on Elizabeth Street.

Please call Chuck and Jo Saulisberry at 246-5570 to make reservations and payment.

For credit card payments and additional information, please call Gary at 885-7643.



Research Group Meets at Smail House
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

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The Carson City Research Group will meet on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at White Cat Antiques, which is located in the historic Smail House at 512 North Curry, in Carson City. There will be a brief tour of the home and a talk about its history, architecture, the history of the area, and the mystery of Curry Street. The architecture of Carson City's early homes will also be presented. If you have questions, or want to know more about the area, this is a good place to start.

The Research Group meetings are free and open to the public. They are hosted by Sue Ballew, "Past Pages" writer, and Eleanor Kolbe, researcher.



Carson City Research Group at Foreman-Roberts House Museum
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011

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On Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 am the Carson City Research Group will meet at the Foreman Roberts House at 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City. There will be a brief slide presentation showing the home in 1865 as it was located in Old Washoe City. Come and see photos of the family that once lived there -- James Doane and Annie Roberts and four of their children, Josie, Mary, Richard and Thurman -- and tour their home. (Some of the Roberts are pictured on the left.) The meeting is hosted by Sue Ballew and Trent Dolan who write "Past Pages" and by Eleanor Kolbe, researcher. If you love Carson City history and want to learn more, please come and join us. Its free and its fun. Refreshments will be served.



Carson City Parks & Rec awards recognition
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Photograph of Mills Park in the fall

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation has announced the 2011 recipients of its Special Recognition Awards:

  • Organization of the Year, Kiwanis Clubs of Carson City: Kiwanis Clubs were awarded for their various community service projects benefitting the park system. They hold an annual Carson River Cleanup event and have adopted Blackwell's Pond Park as part of the Adopt-a-Park Program. They have a monthly work day at the park from May to October.
  • Business of the Year, Vidler Water Co.: Vidler is recognized for donating 39 acres and a half-mile trail along the Carson River to the Carson City Parks Department.
  • Volunteer of the Years, Michael J. Fischer, M.D.: Fischer was a major promoter of the Carson Tiger Sharks Swim Team from 1986 until 2001 and was a swim coach. He chaired the "Quality of Life" ballot Question 18, which passed in 1996 and which provides money to build new facilities for the community parks. The new swimming pool was one of these facilities. Many volunteer hours were given to park projects.
  • Volunteer of the Year, Ilona Strull: Ilona is the president and driving force of the non-profit organization Parks 4 Paws, whose mission is to raise funds to build a dog park at Fuji Park. In 2011, they raised money enough to see this become a reality. The dog park at Fuji Park will open in early November.
Each recipient's name will be placed on the monument in Mill Park at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion.

There also will be a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2011. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Jo Saulisberry at 775-246-5570.



Reflections from the Past:
Dr. Maria Taylor to talk about Jane Austin
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

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Jane Austen scholar Dr. Maria Taylor will speak on Thursday, October 27, 2011, at the Carson City Library starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society, and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Taylor will tell about her experiences in earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees and finally living in London, England, for eight years, receiving her PHD from Birkbeck University of London.

Dr. Taylor had the privilege of being the Archivist at Jane Austen's Home Museum in Chawton, Hampshire, England, for seven years. (Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oy935wQVQRA for a short tour of Jane Austen's home on YouTube.) Her dog Darcy, family, and friends were happy to welcome her home in Reno this month from London. Dr. Taylor lectures, tutors, and is writing her first novel.



Carson City Research Group presents
"Images of Old Washoe City"
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011

Photograph of Old Washoe City cemetary

Gary Ballew will provide a slide show, "Images of Old Washoe City," for the Carson City Research Group at 10 a.m., October 22, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop.

Old Washoe City (north end of Washoe Lake) was founded in August of 1861 and gradually declined in population when the railroad came through in 1874. Just a few structures still exist today. Come and find out about what was once a thriving city - what it looked like in the 1860's and what it looks like today. Also, included in the meeting will be a discussion of Carson City's hidden historic homes to be planned as part of a walking tour. Please bring ideas you want to discuss or answers about our local history you want to know more about.

This event is hosted by Sue Ballew and Trent Dolan, (Past Pages writers) and Eleanor Kolbe, historian. History is fun... and their meeting are free!

Photo courtesy of Rich Moreno.



Reflections from the Past:
Mark Jensen to talk about Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Photograph of Dangberg Home Ranch

Mark Jensen is curator of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park in Minden. The Park is no longer a state park, but is now operated by the Friends of the Dangberg Home Ranch.

Mark will be giving a talk that will include historical Dangberg information, current status of the Park, and possible plans and dreams for its future.

You can be brought up-to-date on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop Street, Carson City. Mark's talk is free and open to the public. This is part of the Carson City Historical Society's Reflections program. For further information, call 775-887-8865.



Foreman-Roberts House Yard Sale/Flea Market
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011

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The Carson City Historical Society is bringing back the Foreman-Roberts House Yard Sale/Flea Market in the Roberts House Park at 1207 N. Carson Street on Saturday, August 6, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be 17 or more vendors offering antiques, collectibles, crafts and much more. As of this writing (7/26), vendor space is still available.

Call Mary at 882-0916 for information. This event benefits the Carson City Historical Society.



Summer Potluck/Picnic
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

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Carson City Historical Society presents its Summer Potluck/Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at 310 Meyer Street, Carson City. Please bring side dish or desert, your beverage, place setting lawn chair and folding table (if you have one). Chicken will be provided. PLEASE - R.S.V.P. by 9/21 to Jan Perry and let her know what food you will be bringing.

See 'ya there!



CARSON CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Sunday, July 31, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Come join the fun on a cool summer evening when the Carson City Historical Society hosts their annual Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson St.

The Millennium Bugs, with David Bugli, will be performing. Ice cream, cake, cookies, and pie will be available for $3 per person. (This event will be the first official event of the "Jazz! Carson City" music festival, which has been celebrated in Carson City in one form or another each August since 2004. For more information on the festival, go to JazzCarsonCity.com.)

Woodworking Specialties and their master craftsmen have worked in the area on historic restoration projects. They will be sponsoring a free building clinic for the first 50 children at the ice cream social.

The Roberts House will be open for tours. Come and bring the whole family.

At right: some of the lovely young ladies from the 2008 Ice Cream Social.



Annual Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 5, 2011

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The Carson City Historical Society invites you to tour 12 historic properties on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The locations include Bliss Mansion, Rinkle Mansion, Noteware House, Judge Samuel Wright House, Olcovich-Myers House, Hyman Olcovich House, Foreman-Roberts House, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and First United Methodist Church.

Listen to Former Supervisor Robin Williamson give a short presentation on "Historic Preservation" at 2:30 p.m. at the Bliss Mansion. Paul DaFoe will be performing at the piano from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church. Please join talented pianist Paul DaFoe as he pays tribute to long-time Tour coordinator, Dorothy Dolan, with music from Dorothy's youth.

Tickets are 10 dollars and children under 12 are free and will be available at the Foreman Roberts home on the day of the tour. Contact Gary at 885-7643 for information.

Click here for a PDF version of the tour houses' "biographies." (Note: Depending upon your computer set-up, PDF might be printable in landscape mode at 62% scale.)

Special note to membership: The House Tour will serve as the June board meeting. The next full board meeting will be on July 11, 2011.



Membership Meeting and Elections
Monday, May 2, 2011

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On Monday, May 2, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., the Carson City Historical Society and Park Foundation will have their annual nomination and election of officers at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson St., Carson City, Nevada. We will also be serving special homemade desserts, followed by a social hour.

All offices of both the Carson City Historical Society and Park Foundation are open for nominations: President of Carson City Historical Society, President of Park Foundation, two Vice Presidents of the CCHS, a Vice President of the Park Foundation, a Secretary, and a Treasurer who each serve both organizations. If you would like to make a nomination and cannot attend the May 2 function, please call Jo Saulisberry at 246-550 or Paula Cannon at 887-8865.



Dorothy Dolan died April 7, 2011

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We note with sadness the passing of Dorothy Dolan on April 7, 2011. Dorothy was a long-time supporter of the Carson City Historical Society and served as Vice President at the time of her death. Dorothy is shown, at right, at the "Christmas with Mark Twain" event at the Bliss Mansion on Dec. 5, 2010.

Dorothy's obituary can be found on the "Nevada Appeal" website at http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20110412/OBITUARIES/110419960/1045&parentprofile=1063.

The following is the text of her obituary:

Dorothy Fendrich Dolan, 89, passed away at her home in Carson City April 7, 2011. Dorothy was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Edgar and Dorothy Fendrich. Dorothy was raised in Philadelphia and moved to New Jersey where she met William "Bill" Dolan and became a "war bride" on Nov. 5, 1945. They were married in Asbury Park, N.J. She moved to Carson City that same year.

Dorothy has had a rich and full life involving herself in her community, with her tireless passion for history, public service and volunteer work. She gave her time, energy and expertise for the betterment of her adopted hometown. She worked for the Bell Telephone office in Carson City from 1945 until 1958 and was one of Carson City's telephone pioneers. Later she worked as the State of Nevada Chief switchboard operator for 28 years, retiring in 1986. Following her retirement she worked as a telephone operator at the State Legislature and volunteered at the State Library and Archives as a researcher.

Dorothy also volunteered at the Nevada Landmark Society, now the Carson City Historical Society, located at the Roberts House Museum, coordinating Carson City and vicinity Victorian Garden and Christmas tours each year sine 1969. She held the offices president and vice president. She served as volunteer genealogist for Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1927 Dorothy was one of the youngest children ever initiated into a Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution, and as a adult joined the John C. Fremont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1981. She served as Nevada State Regent from 1988-90 and represented Nevada in Washington, D.C., for several years at the Continental Congress. In 1991 she helped found the Nevada Washoe Zephyr Chapter of the DAR. She was past state regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Alongside her husband, Bill, she was involved in volunteer work with the Carson Host Lion's Club, Nevada Day Committee and was a member of the Leisure Hour Club. In 2006 she started a new venture as historian and antique dealer and opened up an antique shop called White Cat Antiques, a dream she always wanted to fulfill.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill who passed away in 2006, and a granddaughter, Christa Ballew-Matthews also in 2006.

She is survived by her son, Trent Dolan and a daughter, Susan Jeanne Dolan Ballew (Gary) both of Carson City; one brother, Blake Fendrich (Grace) of Southern California; four grandchildren Billy Dolan (Christine), Ryan Dolan, Catha Lagere, and Mark Ballew and six great-grandchildren Eilish, Elora, and Rowen Matthews; Breanna and Jonny LaGere and Liam Dolan.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service for Dorothy at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14 at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Carson City. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Lone Mountain Cemetery.

Walton's Chapel of the Valley is in charge of final arrangements.



Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles! Victorian Fashion Show
Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Friends of the Nevada State Museum and the Carson City Historical
  Society present 'Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles,' The Daily Grind of 19th
  Century Women, A Fashion Show in Four Scenes - Nevada State Museum,
  Sunday, March 13, 2011, 3 to 6 p.m., $20

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 13, 2011, 3-6 p.m. to attend the "Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles!" Fashion Show held at the Nevada State Museum. Tickets are $25 and will be available beginning Feb. 1, 2011, at the Nevada State Museum store and White Cat Antiques. Only 90 tickets will be sold in order to maximize the experience for attendees, so make sure to get yours soon! Proceeds will benefit the NSM and the Carson City Historical Society.

The event will highlight women's fashions from the 1850s through the early 20th century, roughly the same time period that Queen Victoria reigned in Britain - hence the "Victorian" Era. The fashions for the event come from the collection of Tina Davis-Hersey and Carolyn Davis. The collection includes original outfits as well as costumes created by the mother-daughter duo from historic patterns. The show will follow a quartet of vignettes of daily Victorian life, from dressing in the morning to dancing in the evening.

A reception with refreshments and raffle will follow the show. The CCHS will offer for sale historic copies of the Territorial Enterprise; medallions and coins struck on the historic coin press at the museum will be offered for sale; and the Friends of the NSM will have a photo station where guests can have their photograph taken with a performer in costume. Music will be provided by the Silver Strings, a quartet of musicians from the Carson City Symphony. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume for the event.

Jan Loverin, Curator of the Marjorie Russell Clothing Textile Research Center, will have on display several items of historic significance to Nevada. These pieces of clothing range from a late 19 th century wedding gown to a 1970's casual dress. All were originally owned by women who made a noteworthy impact in Nevada, politically or historically.

Contact Tina Davis-Hersey at 671-2364 for further information.

(Link to the Feb. 27 article in the Nevada Appeal about the event here.)



CHRISTMAS WITH MARK TWAIN
at Bliss Mansion, Dec. 5, 2010

Photograph of David Bugli & McAvoy Layne

The Carson City Historical Society presents, "Christmas with Mark Twain" at the Bliss Mansion in Carson City, Sunday, December 5, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event includes an evening with Mark Twain (McAvoy Lane), dinner and a tour of the Bliss Mansion. David Bugli and Mark Twain will present a piano-and-narrator version of "Becoming Mark Twain." Guy Rocha, former Nevada State Archivist, will also be a speaker at the event.

The dinner includes tri-tip, celebration shrimp with lemon pasta, three-cheese tortellini alfredo, roasted herb and garlic red potatoes, wine and dessert. Cost for the event is $50 per person ($40 for CCHS members). Please make reservations by calling Gary Cain at Westwall Militaria (775-885-7643) or Sue Ballew at White Cat Antiques (775-841-1975). Checks may be mailed to Carson City Historical Society, P. O. Box 1864, Carson City, Nevada 89702, or tickets may be purchased at those locations and at "Play Your Own Music" at the Carson Mall.

Please make reservations early - there are 75 spaces available. Deadline for reservations is November 30. The Carson City Historical is a nonprofit organization. Funds from this project benefit the "Carriage House" project.

NOTE: McAvoy Layne wrote a follow-up article of this event called "Pine Nuts: Christmas at the Bliss Mansion for the Dec. 7, 2010, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza." The article can be read at http://www.tahoebonanza.com/ARTICLE/20101207/NEWS/101209934/1061/RSS.

Pictures from the event at the Bliss Mansion can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=33470&id=145780918797757&l=c76f86875a. Thanks go to Rusty Goe for providing the pictures.



Volunteers are acknowledged

Logo for the Park Foundation

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation announce this year's recipients of Special Recognition Awards

Organization of the year - For planting trees in Mills Park, planting flowers at the Roberts House and donating $150 to the Fish Pond the Organization of the Year award goes to the Mark Twain Garden Club. The garden club has been in Carson City since 1949 planting around the Brewery Arts Center, Governor's Mansion, old Carson Tahoe Hospital, Mills Park, etc.

Business of the Year - For the years of support of the Arlington Ice Skating rink program the Business of the Year award goes to the Carson Nugget.

Volunteer of the Year - For his many years of promoting the Urban Fishing Pond project. The Volunteer of the Year award goes to CK Baily. CK has spent a lot of his raising funds for this project accumulating nearly $475,000.

Volunteer of the Years - For his dedicated work as a volunteer for many Carson City non-profit organizations more notably as the treasurer of the CC Historical Society for the last 20 plus years, a volunteer in the Jr. Ski Program for over 40 years, and a member of the Carson City Sheriff's Aero Squadron since 1968. The Volunteer of the Years award goes to Chuck Saulisberry. Chuck has been a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol for over 40 years.

In recognition of their many contributions to the Carson City Park system, each recipients name will be placed on the monument located in east Mills Park at the entrance to the Pony Express pavilion. There will be a dedication ceremony on Veterans Day November 11th at 2pm at the monument.



Park Foundation is accepting nominations

Logo for the Park Foundation

The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation, Inc. (the Park Foundation) is accepting nominations of individuals and organizations and businesses to be recognized for their contributions to Carson City's park and recreation. The selected names will be added to Memorial Wall at the entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion followed by a ceremony on Veterans' Day, November 11, 2010.

The categories are:

  • Organization of the Year
  • Business of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Years

A selection from the ballot of nominees will be made at the Foundation's October board meeting.

If you make a donation of $100 or more to the Park Foundation, we will add the name of your loved one to this Memorial Wall.

Please send your nominations or donation with a small biography to The Park Foundation, 181 Heidi Circle, Carson City, NV 89701 prior to the first Monday in November. Nominations are due by Oct. 2, 2010, and may be e-mailed to Fred@Stanio.Carson-City.NV.US.



CARSON CITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Saturday, August 14, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Come join the fun on a cool summer evening when the Carson City Historical Society hosts their annual Ice Cream Social. Special ice cream and cookies will be available for $4.00 per person -- and children attending will be able to build their own birdhouse courtesy of Jim DeMagistris of Woodworking Specialties. The evening will be filled with music as the "Millennium Bugs" will be playing during the event. The Ice Cream Social will be held Saturday, August 14, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson, Carson City.

The Carson City Historical Society is a nonprofit organization. The proceeds from the event benefit the Carson City Historical Society "Carriage House Project."

At right: some of the lovely young ladies from the 2008 Ice Cream Social.



"How to Write and Publish Your Own Book"
June 22 and 23, 2010

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The Carson City Historical Society presents "How to Write and Publish Your Own Book" a workshop by Pat Cuellar June 22 and 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Pat Cuellar is a freelance writer and author of "Your Life in Print Story by Story," booklets and poetry. She is also an outdoor photographer. She has taught non-fiction writing and self-publishing for over 12 years through adult education programs and other venues, most recently at the Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival." "Your Life in Print Story by Story" will be available for purchase and signing.

The June 22 workshop will cover ten steps to "build" and organize your book, book cover, title, target market and much much more. The June 23 workshop will cover self-publishing basics, subsidy press, website and marketing.

The lecture is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and the Carson City Library.



"Through the Garden Gate"
Tour and Antique Sale, June 6, 2010

Photograph of girl at a garden gate

On Sunday, June 6, 2010, from noon to 5:00 p.m., the Carson City Historical Society will be having their annual "Through the Garden Gate" tour with six locations. Those on tour this year are the Bliss Mansion, and Foreman-Roberts, Krebs-Peterson, Colcord, and Crisler Houses. In addition, there will be an antique show and sale at the Barber-Belnap home. Tickets will be $15 per person.

The Society is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the event. If you are interested, please call Sue Ballew at 882-5594.



Amelia Earhart, photo courtesy Library of Congress

Tue., May 18, 2010
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart (Part 2)

On Tuesday, May 18, Wally Earhart will present a lecture on solving the mystery of Amelia Earhart as part of the Carson City Historical Society's "Reflection" lecture series. The lecture will take place at 6:00 p.m at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City, Nevada. Wally, who is a relative of Amelia Earhart, has traveled far and wide and done extensive research. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She lost her life during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 and disappeared in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

The lecture is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and the Carson City Library. It is free and open to the public. (Part 1 was presented on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.)

Photo credit: Library of Congress



Annual Nominations & Elections
Sunday, May 2, 2010

Drawing of a voting booth

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 2:00 p.m., the Carson City Historical Society and Parks Foundation will have their annual nomination and election of officers at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 North Carson St., Carson City, Nevada. We will also be serving special homemade desserts, followed by a social hour.

All offices of both the Carson City Historical society and Parks Foundation are open for nominations: President Carson City Historical Society, President Parks Foundation, Vice Presidents (2) CCHS, Vice Presidents (2) Parks Foundation, Secretary, Treasurer (1) of both organizations. If you like to make a nomination and cannot attend the May 2 function, please call Jo Saulisberry at 246-550 or Paul Cannon at 887-8865.



Amelia Earhart, photo courtesy Library of Congress

Tue., April 20, 2010
The Mystery of Amelia Earhart (Part 1)

On Tuesday, April 20, Wally Earhart will present a lecture on solving the mystery of Amelia Earhart as part of the Carson City Historical Society's "Reflection" lecture series. The lecture will take place at 6:00 p.m at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City, Nevada. Wally, who is a relative of Amelia Earhart, has traveled far and wide and done extensive research. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. She lost her life during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937 and disappeared in a Purdue-funded Lockheed Model 10 Electra over the central Pacific Ocean near Howland Island.

The lecture is sponsored by the Carson City Historical Society and the Carson City Library. It is free and open to the public. (Part 2 is Tuesday, May 18, 2010.)

Photo credit: Library of Congress



Sat., March 27, 2010

The Carson Tahoe Regional Health care Auxiliary is sponsoring a V & T Wine/Cheese/Dessert Train. The ticket includes wine, cheese, dessert tasting and train ride to and from Virginia City, tour of "The Way it Was" Virginia City Museum Tour, lunch at the Pizza Palace, shopping discounts, shuttles for transportation. Event: V&T Wine/Cheese/Dessert Train Date: March 27, 2010, Time 10 am to 3:15 p.m. Place: Carson City Eastgate Depot to Virginia City, Cost: $65 per person. Funds benefit the Carson Tahoe Regional Hospital Auxilary. Call Delsye Mills at 775-883-1532 for more information and reservations.



Sun., March 7, 2010

Book signing of Early Carson City by Susan J. Ballew and L. Trent Dolan AND celebration of Hank Monk's Birthday. Come and enjoy these two events -- meet Hank Monk a character in the book from our past and help celebrate his March birthday. Come and see the historic Foreman-Roberts House, also featured in the book "Early Carson City." Books will be available for sale and authors there to sign. Here is your chance to buy a book, step back in time and visit our past and benefit the Carson City Historical Society. Event: Book signing and Hank Monk birthday...

Date: March 7, 2010
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Place: Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada.
Cost: the event is free, Books are $21.99

Carson City Historical Society membership is $25 for single and $35 for family. 20% discount on book if you join CCHS.



The Friends of the Nevada State Museum and the Carson City Historical
  Society present 'Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles,' The Daily Grind of 19th
  Century Women, A Fashion Show in Four Scenes - Nevada State Museum,
  Sunday, Feb 21, 2010, 3 to 6 p.m., $20

Sun., February 21, 2010
Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles!

The Friends of the Nevada State Museum and the Carson City Historical Society present Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles, The Daily Grind of 19th Century Women, A Fashion Show in Four Scenes at the Nevada State Museum, Sunday, Feb 21, 2010, from 3 to 6 p.m., $20.

Tickets are available at the Nevada State Museum (600 N. Carson St.) and at White Cat Antiques (512 n. Curry St.



Sat., January 30, 2010
Victorian Valentine Workshop

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A Victorian Valentine Workshop will be held by the Carson City Historical Society at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum (1207 North Carson) on January 30, 2010. There will be two workshops: one from 10-12 noon; the other from 1-3 pm.

Seating is limited for the $20 workshop so reservations are required. Please call Paula at 887-8865 to make your reservation, and to learn what you should bring to the workshop to make your individual valentines.



Sun., December 6, 2009

The Carson City Historical Society presents "A Sugar Plum Victorian Christmas Tour" Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a walk through tour of six homes in the historic district in Carson City. The homes are decorated for Christmas and this year feature treats from Schatz Bakery, music by Chris Bayer and Mary Law, and characters from the past -- Hank Monk and Abe Lincoln. Five of the homes open this year are within close walking distance of each other. They are the Bliss, Krebs-Peterson, Bender mansions and the Chartz (Bliss Bungalow) and Colcord Home. Also included in the tour on the east side is the Roberts Foreman House. The Bender mansion is new to the tour this year.

Pre-sale tickets are $8. Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $10. Children 6-12 are $6 and children five and under are free. Tickets are available at the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau (1900 S. Carson), Greenhouse Garden Center (2450 S. Curry), White Cat Antiques (512 N. Curry), Westwall Militaria (412 N. Curry) and Essential Kneads (377 S. Nevada). More information is available on our website at http://cchistorical.org or by calling White Cat Antiques at (775) 841-1975.


Sun., December 6, 2009

Our Christmas dinner will be on Sunday, December 6, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. at the Creekside Deli, 1795 College Parkway. There will be an ornament contest and the winner will get a free dinner. The dinner will be tri-tip, garlic mashed potatoes or rice pilaf, mixed vegetable, tossed green salad, rolls and butter, and dessert.

Reservations are needed by November 30. Please contact Gary Cain at 775-885-7643 if you are coming.


Wed., October 21, 2009

The Carson City Historical Society presents
Rusty Goe's PowerPoint Presentation:
Harold M. Budd, Sr. - The Ambassador of Carson City Coin Collecting
in The First Half of the 20th Century

6:00 p.m., Carson City Library, 900 N. Roop St.
Free presentation

Harold M. Budd, Sr. moved to Los Angeles, Calif., from Connecticut in the early years of the 20th century. He immediately developed a passion for the western heritage of the United States. Carson City, Nev., became one of his favorite destination spots. He assembled one of the finest collections of "CC" coins in history, and he made many trips to Nevada's capital.

During his last trip to Carson City in 1950, he planned to lend a special set of "CC" coins to the Nevada State Museum. His friend Ed Stiles, a former Carson City resident who worked as a photographer for the Nevada State Highway Department, accompanied him on this trip. Headlines in local newspapers in northern Nevada conveyed what happened to Harold M. Budd on this trip to Carson City.

Decades after his death, Carson City Mint historian Rusty Goe, has linked some of the most famous coins from Nevada's storied mint to Harold M. Budd. Goe has also uncovered interesting information about Budd's relationship to Carson City and about what happened to his wife and children after he died.

Goe's PowerPoint presentation captures the important events in Harold M. Budd's life, especially as they relate to Nevada. Pictures include examples of Budd's most notable "CC" coins, documents that connect Budd to Carson City, and scenes from northern Nevada in the 1940s.

Goe is the author of two fact-filled books related to the Carson City Mint and life in Carson City during the time of the Mint: "The Mint on Carson Street" and "James Crawford: Master of the Mint at Carson City - A Short Full Life." His website is http://www.southgatecoins.com.


Wed., Sept. 23, 2009

The Carson City Historical Society presents
a free Lecture by State Archivist Jeff Kintop:
A New Look at Nevada's Territorial Courts
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Carson City Library

Territorial courts have long been considered the weakest branch of territorial administration. Nevada reputedly was one of the worst for judicial corruption. We have accepted this for years based on the resignation of the three judges weeks before the voters approved the new constitution. We also accepted it based on newspaper allegations, statements by Senator William Morris Stewart, Nevada Attorney General Robert M. Clarke and Eliot Lord's Comstock Mining and Miners. It has been repeated in the historical literature since Sam Davis' History of Nevada, to Michael Bowers' Battle Born.

With so many sources and reputed historians saying it was so, it was easy to repeat. The judges were seemingly faceless men were appointed by a president as patronage appointments. They were only briefly part of Nevada's history. "History is not written by the victors, but by the surviving witnesses," and when Nevada's history began to be written in the 1880s, the surviving witnesses were few. But, there is an abundance of information left in the court houses, newspapers and archives to tell a different story.

Jeffrey M. Kintop, State Archivist, Nevada State Library and Archives - Jeffrey M. Kintop is the State Archivist at the Nevada State Library and Archives. He has degrees in History from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, Mankato and he has taken additional coursework at the University of Nevada, Reno. From 1979 to 1983, he was a research historian at the University of Nevada, Reno where he wrote history textbooks, prepared educational materials for classrooms and taught teacher workshops. He has been at the Nevada State Library and Archives for 26 years and has been in charge of all the special projects of the State Archives, including 30 grant projects for arrangement and description, preservation needs assessments, special studies, exhibits planning, workshops and conferences.

He co-authored What Time is This Place? (1982), Preserving Nevada's Documentary Heritage, (1986), History of the State Capitol and Governor's Mansion, (1986, 1988 and 1991 editions) and The Earps' Last Frontier: Wyatt and Virgil Earp in Nevada, 1897-1905 (1989). He has contributed articles to Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State (University of Nevada Press, 2004), The Uniting States: The Story of Statehood for the Fifty United States. (Greenwood Press, 2004) and "Mining Nevada's Legal History: Going to the Sources," for a future issue of Western Legal History


Wed., Aug. 26, 2009

The Carson City Historical Society presents
a free Lecture by Kent McAdoo
Basque Herders - the End of an Era
6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Carson City Library

Kent McAdoo, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Certified Professional in Rangeland Management, lived and worked with Basque herders for 13 months in the early 1970s. His presentation will show their migrant lifestyle as they followed the sheep bands. McAdoo will discuss life in the sheep camps, the men and their language, reasons for the decline of Basque herders, and the cultural influences of the Basque people.

See linked Eusko News article, "Ethnic Industries for Migrants: Basque Sheepherding in the American West," by Gloria Totoricaguena Egurrola.


Sat., Aug. 16, 2009

The Carson City Historical Society presents The Annual Ice Cream Social, Sunday, August 16, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson St.

The Millennium Bugs, with David Bugli, will be performing. Ice Cream, cake, cookies and pie will be available for $3 per person

Woodworking Specialties and their master craftsman have worked in the area on historic restoration projects. They will be sponsoring a free birdhouse building clinic for the first 50 children at the ice cream social.

At right: some of the lovely young ladies from the 2008 Ice Cream Social.


Dangberg Ranch House

Dangberg Talk and Ranch Tour
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009

Carson City, Nev. The Carson City Historical Society is presenting two events for its members and the public regarding H. F. Dangberg, Sr. and his Ranch House (pictured at left).

On Thursday, July 30, 2009, Dr. Michael E. Fischer, Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs Director, will make a presentation as H. F. Dangberg, Sr. at the Carson Public Library, 900 N. Roop Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. This talk is free and open to the public. Mr. Fischer is a talented speaker, and this event should be quite entertaining.

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., a tour of the Dangberg Ranch House will be given. The house is completely furnished, and it seems as though the family just stepped outside. Advanced reservations are required. Reservations are limited to 30 people and cost $3 for each person.

Dr. Michael E. Fischer, a native Nevadan, has served as the Director of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs since January 2007. Dr. Fischer has been a long time supporter of cultural programming. An active Chautauquan, he portrays both John Sparks and H. F. Dangberg, Sr. He is developing a performance of Nick Abelman, early Nevada gambler.

To make tour reservations please call Paula at 775-887-8865. Since the tour is limited to 30 people, it is recommended to make reservations early. For information on either even, call 775-887-8865.


Smail House

Sunday, May 31, 2009

"Through the Garden Gate" Tour
The Carson City Historical Society presents the Annual Victorian Home/Garden Tour, May 31 from noon to 6:00 p.m. 10 locations are open, two that are new this year:

  • Crisler Home (Garden only--this location is new)
  • Judge Gregory Home (Home and Garden--this location is new)
  • Foreman Roberts House
  • Barber-Belnap Mansion (home and garden)
  • Bliss Mansion
  • Olcovich-Meyers (garden only)
  • Greenhouse Garden Center
  • Smail House (pictured at right)
  • Governor Colcord's House
  • Krebs-Peterson Home

The CCHS opens the gates and doors to nine historic homes for its annual home and garden tour.

The garden of the Crisler House, at Carolyn and Minnesota, will be open this year. Now owned by Julie Maxwell, it was built by William "Silver Bill" Crisler about 1875. In the 1870s Crisler served as the captain of the watch at the Carson City mint, constable, sheriff, assemblyman, and conductor on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.

Tickets are $12 adults; $10 seniors and students; $6 children 6-12; children 5 and younger free. Details: 841-1975.

Gov. Colcord's home at 700 West Telegraph

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008

Victorian Christmas House Tour (see link at left or click here)
Tour homes in the historic district that will be decorated in their traditional Victorian Christmas granduer. For additional information call 775-687-7410 or 775-882-1805. (Pictured at left: Gov. Colcord's home at 700 West Telegraph.)


Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

Annual Christmas Party at 1:30 p.m. Our Annual Christmas Party will be held at the home of Chuck and Jo Saulisberry at 207 Doolittle Lane, Dayton, NV (View Google Map) (in the hangar). It will be a potluck with the Historical Society providing the main course. Please call Jo Saulisberry at 246-5570 or Janet Perry at 884-1448 and let one of them know you are coming and what you are bringing. They will also provide you with some ideas of what is needed for the dinner. Reservations must be in by December 1. Please bring your own drinks; coffee will be provided. If you are providing a dish, please provide serving utensils. And, we encourage you to bring a guest.

Directions to Jo's house: Take U.S. 50 east to Dayton, turn right on Main Street, turn right on Dayton Valley Road, turn right at Lakes Blvd., turn left at Lakeview Drive, turn right at Doolittle Court, destination will be on right.


Drawing of Mark Twain

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Ron James on "Mark Twain and the Comstock Connection," 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Library
The Carson City Historical Society's last lecture for this season will be November 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City. It is free and open to the public. The lecture is part of Carson City Historical Society's "Reflections of Carson City" series. It presents Ron James, State Historic Preservation Officer, and the topic will be Mark Twain and the Comstock connection. This is a first-time lecture as Ron has done research at Bancroft Library on some new Mark Twain material. Call 882-1805 for info.


Picture of Fred Stanio as Hank Monk

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fred Stanio presentation on Hank Monk, famous Carson City stage coach driver, 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Library


Picture of Frank Bell

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Wally Earhart as Nevada Governor Bell in "An Evening with Gov. Bell," 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Library

The Carson City Historical Society presents "Reflections of Carson City - An Evening with Governor Bell." On Thursday, Sept. 25, Wally Earhart will portray Nevada's Gov. Frank Bell at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop St., Carson City. The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Gov. Bell was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 28, 1840, and later came to Nevada. He took part in the construction of the transcontinental telegraph through Nevada in 1858. The Carson City Historical Society invites you to come and learn about the telegraph to Washington, D.C. in 1864 and about Gov. Bell - the first foreign born governor of the state.

(At left, a picture of Gov. Bell.)


Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

CCHS Sale in the Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House


Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ice Cream Social at the Foreman-Roberts House, 6:00-8:00 p.m. with the Millennium Bugs (jazz) and Wally Earhart portraying Lincoln


Picture
Photo of J.P. Meder, courtesy of Elinor Berger

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

David Bugli presents a lecture on J.P. Meder, Carson City Composer, 6:30 p.m. at Carson City Library
Click here and read about Carson City's J.P. Meder and his compositions


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Picnic at Ron Machodo's from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, June 11, 2008

"Through the Garden Gate" Home/Garden Tour


Picture of Chris Bayer

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Chris Bayer presentation on Major Ormsby at Carson City Library
The Carson City Historical Society will hold a lecture on Major Ormsby by Chris Bayer at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop St.

Bayer will tell a story of political intrigue, profit and war along the Eastern Slope, and talk of the vigilante committee that created Nevada Territory and set Carson City in place as its capital.
Read Chris Bayer's essay on Major Ormsby on the Nevada Appeal site:


Part one (opens in separate window)
Part two (opens in separate window)


Monday, May 5, 2008

Membership Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Foreman-Roberts House


Sunday, March 9, 2008

"Hank Monk's 182nd Birthday Party," 2:00 p.m.


Sunday Dec. 16, 2007

Annual Christmas Luncheon


Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007

Victorian Christmas Home Tour


Reflections of Carson City
Presented
"Virginia City -- Tourist Mecca"
with Bert Bedeau of the Comstock
Historic District and Preserve Nevada
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at 7 p.m.
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop, Carson City, NV

Bert Bedeau presently serves as District Administrator for the Comstock Historic Commission in Virginia City. Prior to moving to Nevada, he was Associate Deputy SHPO and Architectural Historian with the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, from 1996 to 1999, and Architectural Historian for the South Dakota State Historical Preservation Center, from 1990 to 1996. Bert is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in History, and of Boston University, from which he holds an M.A. in Historic Preservation Studies. He also has a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Some other web resources concerning Bert Bedeau:



Our Membership Meeting and Membership Drive was held Sunday, September 23, 2007, at 3:00p.m. at the home of Gary, Jennifer and Josie Cain, 412 N. Curry St. This is also the home of Westwall Militaria. The audience got to hear the history of the Hyman Olcovich House at this free event.
Gary and Jennifer provided the history of the historic home and information on various items from his Military Museum. Upcoming Carson City Historical Society events, newsletters and photos were displayed, and refreshments were served.
Click for map to Westwall Militaria.


"Might is Right: The Rise and Fall of the Comstock Miner's Unions"
by Guy Rocha
Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street

Most Nevadans have heard of the great gold and silver discoveries that sparked Westward migration in the 19th century, and led to the settling of what would become Nevada. Much has been told of the fortune of silver and gold ore extracted from the Comstock Lode that turned the humble mining town of Virginia City into an economic force that helped build San Francisco. Massive fortunes were made and lost virtually overnight, and countless individuals went from rags to riches to rags again. Recent generations have grown up with the popular TV series Bonanza, whose heroes led lives of adventure, galloping to and from their fictional hometown of Virginia City. And yet, in all the color and drama, one story has been largely neglected with regard to the laborers who toiled underground.


"Reflections of Carson City -- The Legend of Julia Bulette"
by Susan James
Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Historian Susan James has published articles on Nevada topics for over twenty-five years. James began researching the story of Virginia City's famous prostitute, Julia Bulette, in the early 1980s. In 1998, Nevada Magazine reprinted her 1984 article "Queen of Tarts" in The Historical Nevada Magazine: Outstanding Historical Features From the Pages of Nevada Magazine. Her introduction to "Julia Bulette's Probate Records" appears in Uncovering Nevada's Past: A Primary Source History of the Silver State, published in 2004.

James and her husband, Ron, are co-authors of the book, Castle in the Sky: George Whittell Jr. and the Thunderbird Lodge. She has served since 2003 as the scholar-in-residence for the Fourth Ward School Museum in Virginia City. She is a former University of Nevada, Reno, history lecturer.

Thursday, April 24, 2007

The Carson City Historical Society presents "Reflections of Carson City -- Entertainment and Recreation During the Carson Mint's Glory Years" with author and speaker Rusty Goe. The lecture will be at the Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street, Carson City, Nevada at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2007. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Preview of Rusty's lecture on Favorite Forms of Entertainment
and Recreation During the Carson MintŐs Glory Years (1875-1885)


From the beginning residents of Carson City loved all forms of entertainment and recreation. The community's leisure-time activities were rapidly cultivated during its first quarter century in existence. By the 1870s, in concurrence with the Comstock boom, Carson City's calendar of arts, entertainment, and recreation events was full all year round.


Local author, coin dealer, and Carson Mint historian, Rusty Goe, will present a PowerPoint lecture on the most popular forms of entertainment and recreation in Carson City during the 1870s and 1880s.

Through words, images and sounds, Goe will depict indoor and outdoor activities experienced by Carsonites in town and out of the local area during the period 1875 to 1885.

As part of his talk on indoor activities Goe will discuss Carson City's theater life, its social clubs, its parties and balls, and its fraternal organizations. You will hear about Shakespearean plays, minstrel shows, and Gilbert and Sullivan musicals; and you will be introduced to a few of Carson's local artists.

As for Carson's outdoor activities Goe will focus on picnics, sporting events and circuses.

Continuing his presentation, Goe will shift outside of Carson City as he shares how special was Lake Tahoe to residents in northwestern Nevada. You will learn about Glenbrook's prominence as a tourist destination, and also hear about other popular points of interest at Tahoe, including McKinney's Landing, Emerald Bay, and Tallac House.

Goe will conclude his lecture with brief mentions of a few popular California getaways to which Carsonites traveled.
"Preservation European Style"
by Susan and Jurgen Matthes
Wednesday, August 30, 2006, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street


"Superintendent of the Mint, James Crawford's Most Frightening Experience"
by Rusty Goe
Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at 7:00 pm
Carson City Library, 900 North Roop Street

NOTE: Many of these programs are video recorded and presented on public access television in Carson City. Click here for Brewery Arts Center Television, and check the Channel 10 schedule for rebroadcasts of these lectures.

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