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 2019
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January 2019 "Newsy Letter" Available On-line
The January 2019 edition of our the CCHS "Newsy Letter" is now available online at
CCHS Members Meeting - Come Celebrate
Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Carson City Historical Society will be holding a members' meeting on Saturday,
February 23, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Carriage House. Girl Scout Troop 1951
will unveil their historic display commemoorating the Nevada Children's Home. Come see their
creation and hear their presentation.
A brief business meeting will take place to take a second vote to amend the CCHS Bylaws.
This amendment will eliminate the annual distribution of a hard-copy membership card.
Refreshments will be served. CCHS Members are free! Non-members, please make a $3.00
donation. You may also renew your membership or join CCHS at the event.
Pictured: Members of Girl Scout Troop 1951 working on their Children's Home
project, using one of the stones salvaged from a gym renovation project.
A special "Blue Line" walking tour
Saturday, March 16, 2019
On Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., the Carson City Historical Society
will present a special "Blue Line" walking tour of the
historic Carson City westside neighborhood. The event is free of charge to
the public. The tour starts in the front courtyard of the Nevada State Museum
on N. Carson Street. The length of the walk is 1.5 miles. It lasts about 90 minutes
while covering Nevada and Carson City history and viewing numerous historic homes
and buildings along the way. The Abraham Curry House, the Ferris Mansion, the
Brewery Arts Center, the Stewart-Nye House, the Clemens House, the Bliss Mansion,
several former Governors' homes and the current Governor's Mansion will be included.
The tour is free but tips support the work of the Carson City Historical Society.
The tour leader is Debbie Lane, President of the Carson City Historical Society.
For questions, she can be reached at 775-350-9949.
Pictured: The Abraham Curry House in Carson City.
Sue Ballew Presentation Postponed
(Future date to be detemined)
The April 7, 2019, presentation by Sue Ballew has been postponed to a future date. We will
keep you posted for a reschedule of her interesting presentation on "Annie Roberts
Diary and Carson City History."
Another Blue Line Tour is Scheduled
Saturday, April 27, 2019
A special historic Blue Line tour of the Carson City westside neighborhood will be offered
for CCHS members, friends and the public. It will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019, starting at 10:00 a.m.
This activity is back by popular demand. (We had 60 participants on March 16!)
We will start in the front courtyard of the
Nevada State Museum on Carson Street and walk about 1.5 miles for 90 minutes, learning
Nevada and Carson City history. The Curry House, the Ferris Mansion, the Brewery Arts
Center, the Stewart-Nye House, the Clemens House, the Bliss Mansion, and several former
Governors' homes, including the current Governor's Mansion, will be included.
Special Earth Day event at Foreman-Roberts House
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Earth Day has been celebrated on April 22nd each year since 1970, but a special Earth Day event will be held in Carson
City on Sunday, April 28, 2019. "Great Basin
Beekeepers of Nevada" and
"Bee City USA #76 - Carson City" are co-sponsoring
"Carson City Earth Day Celebrates Pollinators." The event is
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts
House, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City. The event is hosted by the Carson City Historical
Bring the whole family. There will be fun and educational exhibits on gardening, integrated pest
management, and growing plants and flowers that benefit pollinators.
Exhibitors include local garden clubs, Great Basin Beekeepers of Nevada, Cooperative Extension,
Greenhouse Garden Center, and many others. Learn how you and your family can protect pollinators
and the environment. Information sessions will be on the lawn.
To view the poster as a larger PDF, click on the image at right. Image will appear in a
Historical Society Offering Eastside Tour
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Get out your walking shoes! On Saturday, May 25, 2019, starting at 9:00 a.m. in front of the Capitol building on
North Carson Street, the Carson City Historical Society will be offering a 90-minute walking
tour to view historic sites east of N. Carson Street, starting with the Capitol Mall area.
Sites will include the Capitol and the Capitol Mall, the Charles Friend Park, the historic area
called Chinatown, the old Armory, the site of the former Nevada Orphans Home, the early racetrack
and location of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight, and more. We will end at the old V&T Railroad Depot
on the corner of N. Carson and Washington Street.
The tour is free, but tips support the work of the Historical Society. Debbie Lane, President
of the Historical Society, will be the tour guide. She can be reached at 775-350-9949.
Short Movie on Inventor George Ferris
Monday, June 3, 2019
On Monday, June 3, 2019, seven members of the Carson City Historical Society hosted members
of the Bordewich-Bray Elementary School's 5th grade class at the Carriage House. Their parents, siblings,
and grandparents attended the showing of their short feature movie project on George Ferris
and the invention of the Ferris Wheel. After the showing, a game of Jeopardy was played using
the information that had been presented in the movie as the questions.
Refreshments were served
and attendees toured the Foreman-Roberts House before going home.
Three Open Houses Scheduled for the Summer of 2019
Sun., June 23, 2019
Wed., July 17, 2019
Sun., Aug. 18, 2019
The Carson City Historical Society has scheduled three Open Houses this summer. Here is your
opportunity to tour the Foreman-Roberts House and check out the historical displays in the
adjoining Carriage House. The dates are June 23 (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.), July 17 (5:00 to 7:00 p.m.),
and Aug. 18 (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.).
Mark your calendars now to you don't miss the fun.
Foreman-Roberts House Museum Open House
Sunday, June 23, 2019
The Foreman-Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., will be having an Open House on
Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights of Carson City history and the
families that lived in this historic house are presented
on a free, docent led tour of the Foreman-Roberts House. After touring the Museum,
enjoy light refreshments in the Carriage and view the informative displays.
You will see exhibits and artifacts from the Victorian era, the Roberts family and fascinating
historical information about Carson City. Enjoy the museum/historic house including the
new second floor exhibits.
This will be the first Open House of the Summer, so please come and enjoy stepping back
into Carson City history. Two other Open House events are scheduled this summer: July 17 from
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and August 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tours and admission are free - no reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the members
of the Carson City Historical Society. For questions, call 775-887-2174.
Carson City Historical Society Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019
The annual Carson City Historical Society Ice Cream Social is Saturday,
August 10, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum Park,
1207 N. Carson Street, Carson City.
Free entertainment will be provided by the Millennium Bugs. Enjoy ice cream with toppings
or a root beer float for only $3 each.
Bring a chair, use one of ours, or bring a blanket and sit on the grass to enjoy the
The Carson City Historical Society sponsors this event, and it is part of the "Jazz and
Beyond-Carson City Music Festival."
Acoustic Tiles Installed in Carriage House
Acoustic tiles were recently installed on the ceiling of the Carriage House. This has improved the quality
of sound in the building. This will make presentations and meetings a lot easier, since the
echo-y sound has been eliminated. If you are looking for a place to hold your next meeting or
presentation, considering contacting us about using the Carriage House. We can hold presentations
for up to 44 people.
Foreman-Roberts House Museum Open House
Sunday, August 18, 2019
There will be a Foreman-Roberts House Museum Open House on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019,
from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The building is located at 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City.
Highlights of Carson City history and the families that lived in this historic house
are presented on a free, docent led tour of the Foreman-Roberts House. After touring
the Museum, enjoy light refreshments in the Carriage House and view the informative displays
You will see exhibits and artifacts from the Victorian era, the Roberts family, and
fascinating historical information about Carson City. Enjoy the museum/historic house
including the new second floor exhibits.
This will be the last Open House of the Summer, so please come and enjoy stepping
back into Carson City history.
Tours and admission are free - no reservations are required. The event is sponsored by the
members of the Carson City Historical Society. For questions, call 775-887-2174.
Heritage Festival to Celebrate CCHS's 50th Anniversary
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Carson City Historical Society (CCHS) will present a Heritage Festival to celebrate the 50th year of
the Society. The event will be held at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum Park, 1207 N. Carson St.
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019. CCHS began as the Nevada
Landmarks Society in 1969. The Foreman-Roberts
House Museum will be open to tour, and the Carriage House will be open with new displays. This is a free event.
Entertainment, starting at 10:30 a.m. will include musician and historian, Chris Bayer;
Historic Chautauqua performances, depicting Abe Curry, his daughter, and Hannah Clapp, starting at
12:30 p.m. and continuing until 2:30 p.m.
At noon there is slated to be a short program starting with a city official, recognition of
significant contributions to the Society by members by Society President Debbie Lane,
and free cake and lemonade in the Carriage House.
Vintage demonstrators of "old arts" such as weaving, spinning, rug braiding, tanner, back
powder rifle maker, flint arrowhead maker, saddle maker, and more will be on the lawn for
the entire event.
Food will be available for purchase from the vintage Comma Coffee Food Trailer on site.
Transcontinental Railroad Presentation by Mike Thomas
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019
Carson City Historical Society will have a dinner and presentation on the Transcontinental
Railroad by Mike Thomas on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Thomas' lecture will focus on the events that transpired to
unify our country through the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad System. Mike Thomas is
known for his well-researched and entertaining history and science presentations. This
evening he will be presenting a dynamic lecture on the events that transpired in order to unify our country
through the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad System.
The event will take place at Bleu Café, 240 E. Winnie Lane. Doors open at 5:40 p.m., with
dinner at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person and must be prepaid by Oct. 5. Reservations are required; they are
non-refundable but transferrable. At the time of your reservation, please choose from the following:
Encrusted Chicken Breast with Dijon Cream Sauce, OR
Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy, OR
Garden Vegetarian Lasagna with Gluten Free Pasta and a salad.
(Entrees include sautéed green beans, garlic mashed potatoes and a salad, bread/butter, water, tea or coffee.)
Dessert will be Vanilla Mousse with fresh fruit.
No Host Bar is available.
Call Paula Cannon at 775-887- 8865 for reservations.
Click here to download flyer at right.
Autumn Members Meeting Presents Speaker Sue Ballew
and Discussion on the Future of CCHS
Sunday, November 17, 2019
The Carson City Historical Society will have an Autumn Members Meeting on Sunday,
November 17, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. in the Carriage House, adjacent to the Foreman-Roberts
House Museum, 1207 North Carson St., Carson City.
Come hear Former CCHS President, Sue Ballew, tell the story of Annie Roberts, wife of
James Roberts, and her journey to America at age 9 in 1854 on the ship called "The Blanche." Annie
stays in New Orleans with family, and even has a Governess... Join us to "hear the rest of the story"
of Annie's journey and life in America. Light refreshments will be served.
We will also be having an important discussion about the future of the Historical Society.
Without more help and support from our members, our future is in jeopardy. Four of six Board
positions are open, including President. The nominating committee is seeking your help!
Please come to this important meeting.
Historical Society Holiday Party at Bliss Mansion
Sunday, December 8, 2019
Carson City Historical Society cordially invites you to our
Annual Holiday Party, Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the
Bliss Mansion, 608 Elizabeth Street Carson City, NV.
The event will be a buffet lunch with wine. There will be a Chautauqua by Ron Roberts
as Governor Roswell Colcord, and the election of officers and Board members. The price is
$30 per person. Advanced reservations are required by December 4.
Checks should be made out to "CCHS" and mailed to Paula Cannon, 138 Rice Street, Carson City,
NV 89706 or call to reserve at 775-887-8865.
New and Old Board Members
Hold Strategic Planning Meeting
Monday, Dec. 16, 2019
Members of the current 2019 CCHS Board met with some new 2020 Board members and other CCHS
members on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in the Carriage House
to go over Strategic Planning for 2020 and beyond. In the first picture, Pres. Debbie Lane, standing,
gathers ideas in a brainstorming session. Pictured from left to right are Kiyoshi Nishikawa,
Bonnie Nishikawa, Andi Fant, Steve Brenneman, Cyndy Brenneman, Debbie Lane, Donna McLaren,
Sue Ballew, Jeff Loflin, Gary Yoakum, and Kathleen "Kat" Long. (Not pictured: David Bugli.)
Everybody contributed ideas. Strengths and weaknesses were identified. Various approaches
to making CCHS a better organization were presented, compared, and considered. Although
there is more planning to be done, the most likely short term actions the new Board will
promote is the opening of the Foreman-Roberts House on a more frequent basis, producing
a monthly newsletter built around events and activities, and building a closer working
relationship with groups such as the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority (especially
as it relates to the Kit Carson Trail), the Chamber
of Commerce, the Nevada State Museum, and the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society. Further
strategic planning is likely to be considered at the Board meeting on Feb. 10, 2020, at 3:45 p.m.
in the Carriage House.
Carson City Historical Society "SAVE ADELE'S" Strategy
Media Release: Friday, Dec. 27, 2019
The Carson City Historical Society Board held an emergency meeting on December 21 to discuss
the imminent demolition of Adele's, and strategized on how this historic building could be
preserved. The Board voted to pursue a fundraising campaign to work with the community to
preserve the 155-year-old Adele's building at 1112 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada.
The Board has set up a special "Save Adele's" fund, and has donated $1000 of its own funds to
the effort. Community donations towards this effort can be made through the GoFundMe site:
CCHISTORICALSOCIETYSAVEADELE'S or send
checks earmarked: SAVEADELE'S and made out to the
Carson City Historical Society. Checks should be mailed to CCHS, 112 North Curry Street,
Carson City, NV 89703. The Board's intent is to make funds available to a future building owner
in exchange for a commitment to the preservation of the historical portion of the building. Jacksons
Food Stores Inc., who recently received permission to expand onto the site, has offered the building
for free to anyone who would like to move it by March 1, 2020. The Society looks forward to working
with Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. and the future building owner to ensure the building is preserved.
The goal set for SAVEADELE'S fundraising campaign is $100,000.
This historic building was originally built by Captain Porter of the V&T workshops in 1874
and purchased by Benjamin F. Slater in the 1880s. It is a lovely Victorian home replete with
Empire style mansard roof and dormer windows. It was home to Judge Michael A. Murphy who lived
there in the 1890s and later became the home of Frank E. Murphy, who worked for the Virginia and
Truckee Railroad in the 1920s. It has generally evolved over time to become a survivor of the past.
For over 40 years, Adele's restaurant (recently called "Cafe at Adele's"), the ultimate community hot spot, has occupied the
building. It has been a "go to" place where history has been made through political meetings,
fundraising events, and the celebration of milestones. Over time, additions were placed on the north,
south, and west sides of the original historic home. A fire in March 2019 caused the closure of the restaurant.
The Carson City Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1969 as
the Nevada Landmarks Society. The group came together to save the Foreman-Roberts House from
demolition. In 1874, the Foreman-Roberts House was relocated from Old Washoe City and placed
at 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, where it still stands. In 1969, the Society and community
came together to successfully stop the demolition of this historic building. The Society has
preserved the building, and maintains a museum in the house.
According to Jeff Loflin, President of the Society, "So many of our historic buildings have
been demolished over the years - the Virginia and Truckee engine house, Nevada Orphans Home, Central
School (north of the Brewery Arts Center), Odd Fellows Hall (across from the Blasdel Building) and others.
The Carson City Historical Society hopes to save Adele's through community donations to this
preservation fund. Please help us save this once beautiful home for our future generations."
According to the Society, should Adele's not be saved, funds raised will be earmarked for future
preservation or historic projects in Carson City. The Society is proud of its success in working with
the community in saving the Foreman-Roberts House, and looks forward to success again in working with
the community to save the Adele's building.
For further information, contact Jeff Loflin at (775) 450-7114.
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