Carson City Historical Society - Past events - 2018


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

"Dedicated to Preserving Carson City's History"


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 2018

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CCHS Dues are Due
January 1, 2018

Photograph of a piggy bank

January 1, 2018, is the beginning of our new membership year, so please consider paying your dues at the Holiday party or send them to Mary DeFelice c/o CCHS, 112 N. Curry St. Carson City, NV 89703. Dues levels are Individual member, $25; Family (couple) membership, $35: Patron, $50 to $99; Historian, $100 to $249; Curator, $250 to $499; Preservationist, $500 to $999; Curry, $1000 to $4999; Founder, $5000 or more. A membership form in PDF format is available at CCHS_Membership_form.pdf.

Presentation on Children's Home and Membership Meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bonnie's book cover

Mark your calendar for Presentation and Member meeting: On Sunday, January 28, 2018, at 2:00 p. m. in the CCHS Carriage House, Bonnie Boice Nishikawa will be presenting a slideshow and program about the Nevada Children's Home and her time there as a child in the 1940s and '50s. As you may know, Bonnie has written a book about the history of the home and her life there. DonŐt miss this fascinating, first-hand presentation! Refreshments will be served, and we will also take a final member vote on the changes to our bylaws.

Earth Day Garden Festival
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Copy of Earth Day event poster, no. 3.

The Carson City Historical Society, along with the Mark Twain Garden Club, the Desert Gardeners and the Sierra Desert Garden Club, is holding a Garden Festival on Sunday, April 22, 2018, Earth Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will be in the Foreman-Roberts House Park, 1207 North Carson Street. In addition to displays by the garden clubs, there will be a video presentation of the four seasons of Carson City gardens in the Carriage House. The Bee Club will give a presentation and answer questions concerning bee keeping, and the Greenhouse Garden Center will be available for questions and information. The Greenhouse Project at Carson High will also be represented. The Foreman-Roberts House Museum will be open for free tours for the first time since it was damaged by fire in 2016.

There will be a raffle of 25 lovely gift baskets with the intriguing titles of "Never Promised You a Rose Garden...So Grow Succulents!!," ŇGnome is Gardening," and "Tote of Knowledge." Tickets for the raffle are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Included in the raffle are gift certificates from RedŐs Old 395 Grill, Due Sorella, The Greenhouse Garden Center, Touched by Angels and others.

Vendors will also be selling antiques, collectibles and crafts at a flea market on Rice Street adjacent to the Foreman-Roberts House Park. Food and drinks will be available from John Hurzel's Nevada Nosh Food Truck.

For more information contact Paula Cannon at 775-887-8865.

Strategic Planning/Visioning
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Let's plan for the future

Where do we want to go as a Historical Society? On Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Carriage House, we will be conducting a long-term visioning session that is open to all members and interested friends of CCHS. We will be under the leadership of consultant Michelle Schmitter as we look at our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) and create a vision of the future for the organization.

The arson fires and subsequent changes with the Foreman-Roberts House, as well as the completion of the Carriage House, have offered us a chance to review and reshape or retain our current focus.

Please let President Debbie Lane know if you would like to join us for this working session on our future direction so we can be prepared for how many will participate.

Three Open House at the Historic
Foreman-Roberts House House this Summer!
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Sunday, August 19, 2018

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See and hear highlights of Carson City history and the families that lived in this historic house on a free, docent led tour of the Foreman-Roberts House (1207 N. Carson St.), and also tour the recently completed Carriage House.

Displays and artifacts from the era of the original owners (1860s) and fascinating historical information about Carson City are displayed. Light refreshments will be available.

Be among the first to experience the new exhibits and new combined museum/historic house settings and format.

Summer's Three Open House Dates:

  • Sunday, June 24 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11 - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 19 - 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Tours and admission are free - no reservations are required. Sponsored by the members of the Carson City Historical Society.

Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

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The Carson City Historical Society presents their annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful grounds of the Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson Street in Carson City.

Enjoy a bowl of ice cream with your favorite toppings for $3 and then bring your own chair or use one of ours to hear the Millennium Bugs play many favorite jazz tunes. The event is part of the 17-day-long Jazz and Beyond Carson City Music Festival.

Foreman-Roberts House Open House
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Photograph of an open-house sign

There will be an Open House event at the Foreman-Roberts House on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The address is 1207 North Carson St., Carson City.

Some Carson City history and stories about the Foreman and Roberts families who lived in this historic house are presented on this free, docent-led tour. You will see a house museum and artifacts representing life in the 1880s through early 1900s. After touring the House, enjoy light refreshments and see the recently completed Carriage House and the informative new historical exhibits on display there.

This will be the last Open House of the summer, so please come and enjoy a step back into Carson City history. For the Open House, admission is free and no reservations are required. This event is sponsored by the members of the Carson City Historical Society.

September CCHS Board meeting changed from
Monday, Sept. 10, to
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Because of scheduling conflicts, the September Board meeting is being changed from Monday, Sept. 10, to Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. Board meetings are held in the Carriage House and are open to the public.

CCHS Members Meeting Scheduled for
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018

Picture of a gavel

The Carson City Historical Society is proud to offer a new exhibit of nine pen and ink drawings of historic Carson City houses and buildings drawn by Carson High School art students in the early 1990s. These wonderful renditions are accompanied by historic descriptions of the architecture, people and stories of these locations and are on display in the Carriage House of the Foreman-Roberts House at 1207 N. Carson Street, Carson City.

In conjunction with this new exhibit, Jed Block, a Carson City native and local historian, will present a program entitled: The History of Carson City in Pictures, Then and Now, a photographic tale of Carson City through the years showing "then and now" depictions of many iconic buildings in Carson City. He will highlight the exhibit buildings as well as other well-known city locations.

This event will take place on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 2:00 in the Carriage House and is open to the public for a donation of $5.00. Attendance by Society members is free. Seating is limited and light refreshments will be served. A brief member meeting will be included in the program. If you have questions, please call Debbie Lane at 775-841-4456.

If there are any bylaw changes members want to make, the proposal should be presented to Pres. Debbie Lane by that date since it takes two membership meetings to confirm any bylaws changes. Let her know if you want to propose a change (like sending membership cards to everyone).

October Lone Mountain Cemetery Tour
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Photograph of Jennie Clemens' grave marker

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Historical Society member, Nick Wentworth, a Parks and Recreation employee and sexton of the Lone Mountain Cemetery, will be leading a one-hour guided walk of the Lone Mountain Cemetery. This tour will include visits to the gravesites and family plots of many well-known Carson City residents including the James Roberts family of the Foreman-Roberts house (home of the Carson City Historical Society), Abe Curry, Jennie Clemens (Mark Twain's niece), Hank Monk and others.

To participate, meet on Beverly Drive outside the east gates of the cemetery, opposite the Senior Center, just before 9:00 a.m. This will be a joint program with the Muscle Powered Tuesday morning walking group. For questions, Call 775-841-4456.

Afternoon Tea Luncheon
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018

Flyer for Afternoon Tea Luncheon

Join us for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at a special Tea Luncheon in the historic Foreman-Roberts House, 1207 N. Carson Street, Carson City. The Tea Luncheon will be catered by Bella Vita restaurant and will include High Tea favorites: seasonal soup, salad, scones, a variety of finger sandwiches and special dessert bites, along with a variety of teas.

The cost is $30 per person, with the proceeds going to help various projects of the Carson City Historical Society. Make it a party and bring a friend! Wear your tea party clothes or come casual. Reservations are required and must be made and pre-paid by Saturday, October 20, 2018. For reservations and more information call: 775-841-4456.

Historical Society Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Picture of a tree

Our traditional Holiday party and member meeting will be on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the Bliss Mansion from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A lovely luncheon will be served and a special program by well-known local historian, Bob Nylan, will be presented. As usual, a member meeting and election of officers will take place. The Bliss Mansion is at 608 Elizabeth Street in Carson City, across from the Governor's Mansion.

More details will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars now for this annual special event!

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