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 in 2011
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Oh, My Bonnets and Bustles! Victorian Fashion Show
Sunday, March 13, 2011
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
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
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
Dorothy Dolan died April 7, 2011
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
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.
Membership Meeting and Elections
Monday, May 2, 2011
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.
Annual Home and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 5, 2011
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,
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
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
See 'ya there!
Foreman-Roberts House Yard Sale/Flea Market
Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011
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
Reflections from the Past:
Mark Jensen to talk about Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011
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
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.
Carson City Research Group presents
"Images of Old Washoe City"
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011
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:
Dr. Maria Taylor to talk about Jane Austin
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
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
Dr. Taylor had the privilege of being the Archivist at Jane Austen's Home Museum in
Chawton, Hampshire, England, for seven years. (Click on
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 Parks & Rec awards recognition
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
The Foundation for the Betterment of Carson City Parks and Recreation
has announced the 2011 recipients of its Special Recognition Awards:
Each recipient's name will be placed on the monument in Mill Park at the
entrance to the Pony Express Pavilion.
- 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.
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.
Carson City Research Group at Foreman-Roberts House Museum
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
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.
Research Group Meets at Smail House
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
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.
Historical Society Holiday Party "The Night Sky"
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011
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.
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