Carson City Historical Society - Past events - 2020

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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 in 2020


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CCHS Officers for 2020

President
Jeff Loflin

First Vice President CCHS:
Sue Ballew

Second Vice President CCHS:
Travis Legatzke

Secretary
David Bugli

Treasurer:
Kiyoshi Nishikawa

Membership Chair
Andi Fant

Fundraising
Donna McLaren

Exhibits/Collections
Kathleen "Kat" Long


Dues for 2020 are due in January

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CCHS works on a fiscal year beginning January 1 and ending December 31. Dues for 2020 are $25 for single membership (1 vote) and $35 for a family membership (2 votes). Dues are due in January of each year. You may support us at additional levels of giving.

Levels of membership:

  • Individual member $25
  • Family (couple) membership -- $35
  • Patron or "Golden Anniversary Supporter" -- $50 to $99
  • Historian -- $100 to $249
  • Curator -- $250 to $499
  • Preservationist -- $500 to $999
  • Curry -- $1000 to $4999
  • Founder -- $5000 or more

Annual dues can be mailed to CC Historical Society, 112 N. Curry St., Carson City, NV 89703. A membership form is available at http://cchistorical.org/CCHS_Membership_form.pdf.

The Carson City Historical Society is a Nevada nonprofit organizations.



January 2020 Newsletter is Available Online

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The January CCHS Newsletter is available online. If you are not on our email list, please email your request to be added to carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

To download the January Newsletter, please CLICK HERE.



Support the "Save Adele's" Project
Update posted: Jan. 8, 2020

Photograph of Adele's from years ago.

The "Save Adele's" effort has raised $3645 as of Jan. 8 through the GoFundMe campaign. That is in addition to amounts directly deposited in the Carson City Historical Society's special line item for this effort.

We have been getting some media attention for this effort. KOLO TV, for example, has covered this issue. Click here to see their Dec. 27, 2019, coverage of the issue. An earlier news piece (Dec. 16) concerning the possible expansion of the neighboring gas station into the Adele's property can be found by clicking here.

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.



Please Help Save Adele's - An Update
from the Carson City Historical Society
Media release: Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

#SaveAdeles poster by Sam Flakus.

Please help save Adele's building in Carson City, Nevada. There was great pride in our city when the Captain Porter's House (now Adele's) was first built. A quote from the newspaper is as follows:

From the Carson Daily Appeal, May 18, 1874: "A dwelling is being built by Captain Porter of the V & T workshops. Fronts on Carson St., of moderate size, but will be a handsome house. Has a French or Mansard roof—the first of its kind in Carson. Will be a decided ornament to the north and should like to see more of the same kind going up."

The Carson City Historical Society would like to extend a great big "Thank You" to everyone who has contributed to the #SaveAdeles fund. To date the contributions total close to $7,000 with more on the way. Please help preserve the almost 150 year old Adele's building currently located at 1112 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada. Much of Carson's history has been destroyed over the years. Preservation of what is left of our history, our history of Nevada and Carson City for future generations is in jeopardy.

Community donations towards this effort can made through the https://www.gofundme.com/f/cchistoricalsociety-Save-Adeles. Checks sent should be earmarked: SAVEADELE'S, made out to the "Carson City Historical Society" and mailed to the Carson City Historical Society, 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.

The Carson City Historical Society is a volunteer membership whose activities are fundraising, volunteerism, education and cooperation with other entities. 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.

As "curators of local history," we hope to encourage new members to join the Society to make the voice of the non-profit stronger and to assist in preservation efforts. If you would like to come to a of the Carson City Historical Society, we welcome the public. If you would like to join the Society, please see our website link for an application to join at CCHistorical.org. An application form can be downloaded at http://cchistorical.org/CCHS_Membership_form.pdf.

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 over 40 years, Adele's restaurant, 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.



Three Open Houses Scheduled for Early 2020
Sun., January 26, 2020
Sun., February 23, 2020
Sun., March 29, 2020

Open House Sign

The Carson City Historical Society has scheduled three Open Houses for the beginning of this year. Here is your opportunity to tour the Foreman-Roberts House and check out the historical displays in the adjoining Carriage House. The dates are January 26 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.), February 23 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.), and March 29 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.).

Mark your calendars now to you don't miss the fun.



Carson City Historical Society
Presents Second Open House of 2020
Sunday, February 23, 2020

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The Carson City Historical Society will be holding an "Open House" at the Foreman-Roberts House (the Yellow House), 1207 North Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada, on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Foreman-Roberts House and the Carriage House will both be open for tours. Come and hear about the highlights of Carson City history.

Tours and admission are free. No reservations are required. Sponsored by the members of the Carson City Historical Society. Hope to see you there!

The next Open House after this one is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020.



(Note: This message was superceded by a message dated 5/20/2020)
March 29, 2020, Open House Cancelled
Three More Open Houses Scheduled for 2020:
Sun., April 26, 2020
Sun., May 24, 2020
Sun., June 28, 2020

Open House Sign

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Open House scheduled for March 29 has been cancelled.

However, the Carson City Historical Society has tentatively scheduled three other Open Houses. Here is your opportunity to tour the Foreman-Roberts House and check out the historical displays in the adjoining Carriage House. The dates are April 26 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.), May 24 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.), and June 28 (2:00 to 5:00 p.m.).

Mark your calendars now to you don't miss the fun.



A Message from CCHS Pres. Jeff Loflin
Saturday, March 7, 2020

Photograph of Adele's from years ago.

Fellow Carsonites!

There was some misinformation in an unofficial communication that went out. My apologies.

After coming together as a community and raising over $20,000, Jackson Foods Inc., who now owns the property and the building, was not able to find an interested party to remove the building. Jackson's Food Inc. was fully supportive of the preservation efforts. They extended the demolition deadline 30 days and worked diligently with a potential candidate and the Society but they were not able to address all the issues in a timely manner.

I'd like to sincerely thank everyone that supported this project including: Jackson's Foods, local businesses, Community Leaders, and most importantly, the residents of Carson City.

The donated funds will be kept in a separate account and used by the Carson City Historical Society for the preservation of historic buildings in Carson City. If you have questions regarding donations, please contact us at Carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Thank you again for all of the Community Support!

Sincerely,
Jeff Loflin
President - Carson City Historical Society



March 29 and April 26, 2020, Open Houses Canceled

Open House Sign

Because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Open Houses scheduled for March 29 and April 26 have been cancelled. However, the Carson City Historical Society may schedule other Open Houses once restrictions, due to the coronavirus situation, have been lifted. Prior to the situation, tours of the Foreman-Roberts House and the opportunity to check out the historical displays in the adjoining Carriage House were planned for the last Sunday of several months from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

No future Open House are scheduled at this time.
(Notice posted 5/10/2020.)



April 2020 Newsletter is Available Online

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The April CCHS Newsletter is available online. Perhaps you have already received it in your email inbox. If you are not on our email list, please email your request to be added to carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

To download the February Newsletter, please CLICK HERE.



Message from Pres. Jeff Loflin
Late April 2020

Cover of Bonnie Nishikawa's book on the Orphans Home

Happy Spring, CCHS Members,

Well wishes coming to you from all of us! As we hunker down, I would like to encourage everyone to take this as an opportunity to brush up on your Carson City History. "Lost Carson City" by Peter Mires brings some of the lesser known stories of people, buildings, and events back to life. "Haunted Carson City" by Janet Jones visits the macabre side of Carson. For more in depth local history, Bonnie Boice Nishikawa's, "My Life as an Orphan, Nevada State Children's Home" (see photo at right) is a personal account of life in Carson City with some great photos. A must have for every Carson resident is the photo essay of Carson City, "Images of America - Early Carson City" by our 1st VP Sue Ballew and L. Trent Dolan. I love looking at these images and the history behind them.

If you need to get out and stretch your legs while practicing social distancing, avoid the busy parks and trails by visiting some of our lesser known cemeteries. There are some prominent, famous people buried in Lone Mountain but what about Empire City, Pioneer, Nevada State Prison, Stewart Indian School, and the Ormsby County Poor Farm cemeteries. They all have great stories behind them and our history within them. "Images of America - Cemeteries of Carson City and Carson Valley" by Cindy Southerland is a great resource to take along with you.

We don't have any idea of when we will get back to normal operations. Keep checking the website and our Facebook for information.

Hope to see you soon!
Jeff Loflin
President – Carson City



Foreman-Roberts House Getting New Paint
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Photograph of Danny preparing window for painting

The Foreman-Roberts House is getting painted on the outside. The building was moved from Washoe Valley to Carson City in the 1870s. The Carson City Historical Society is in charge of the house, but it actually belongs to Carson City. Under the lease agreement with the City, the maintenance of the interior is generally the responsibility of the the Historical Society, but the maintenance of the exterior (outside painting, roof, etc.) and some inside facilities (heating, AC, etc.) is the City's responsibility.

Photograph of north wall of Foreman-Roberts House, prepped for painting

In these pictures you can see the exterior of the building being prepared for painting by Danny from Tru-Coverage Painting, which is under contract with the City. We, at the Historical Society, appreciate the cooperation of the City in helping to maintain this historical structure. Thurman Roberts willed the property to the children of Nevada, and it became the property of Carson City (then Ormsby County). The Carson City Historical Society was founded in 1969 as the Nevada Landmarks Society, and its first main project was to keep the Foreman-Roberts House from the wrecking ball and to restore it to its place of dignity in the community.



CCHS Remembers Last Founding Member, Ron Machado
Posted: June 16, 2020

Photograph of Ron Machado, right, with friends

The CCHS Board is sad to report the death of Ronald George Machado (Aug. 2, 1939 - May 27, 2020), the last founding member the Nevada Landmarks Society, which later became the Carson City Historical Society. The following is from the obituary published in the Nevada Appeal on June 13, 2020.

Ron was born in San Francisco, California and was adopted by Manuel and Beatrice Machado. Because of Ron's poor health, his family moved to Los Gatos, California, where he later attended grammar school. When he was in the 3rd grade his teacher's name was Miss Wesson and she took him "Under her wings" because he was shy. She is now Dr. Betty Peck, living in Campbell, California. They always stayed in touch, and Ron visited her as often as possible.

Ron is survived by longtime friend Doug Schuster of Reno, Nevada. Early in Ron's life he traveled with a female evangelist and played piano at her meetings. In more recent years he played piano in a couple of establishments in Virginia City. Ron first came to Carson City with his parents in 1946 and stayed at the Arlington Hotel for $5 a night. He was thrilled to see the V&T Railroad traveling through Washoe Valley on its way to Reno.

At the age of 14 he became interested in the history of old houses, particularly those in Carson City. In 1962 he became curator of the Rinckle Mansion and gave tours of the home at 50 cents per person. The home was still completely furnished with all the original furniture, paintings, etc. He loved telling stories of its history until the family sold the mansion. He knew most of the people living in Carson City and talked to all he could when he was a dishwasher at night at the Dutch Mill Restaurant, the local gathering place (now Heidi's). Ron ran a gentleman's boarding house in the Chartz House in the '70s and owned the building that is currently the Purple Avocado.

He was a local historian with so many facts and stories to tell. He was also the last remaining founder of the former Landmark Society which is now the Carson City Historical Society whose charter is the preservation of the Foreman-Roberts House.

He will be missed, and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Pictured: Ron, at right, at 50th anniversary event for CCHS on Sept. 21, 2019.



Memorial Service for Ron Machado on Zoom
Saturday, October 10, 2020

Photograph of Ron Machado on keyboard

The Carson City Historical Society will be hosting a Zoom Memorial for Ron Machado Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 11:00 am. Ron passed away on May 27, 2020. If you have questions, please email the Society at Carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. For those who would like to participate, click on the Zoom link [removed]. If you have questions about how to participate over Zoom, call David Bugli at 775-883-4154. People who need additional assistance are encouraged to join the Zoom meeting 10-15 minutes early.

Ron was the last founding member the Nevada Landmarks Society, which later became the Carson City Historical Society.



December 2020 Newsletter is Available Online

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The December CCHS Newsletter is available online. Perhaps you have already received it in your email inbox. If you are not on our email list, please email your request to be added to carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

To download the December Newsletter, please CLICK HERE.



A Message from Acting President, Sue Ballew
Dec. 27, 2020

Photograph of Sue Ballew at Bliss Mansion

Greetings and Happy Holidays! The year 2020 has been crazy. Almost every meeting and event in 2020 has been cancelled or Zoomed. Who knew the Coronavirus would create such havoc and uncertainty in our lives, and change the way we do business. The Carson City Historical Society has been keeping busy behind the scenes looking into various ways to work with our members on Zoom and other media sources. We will have some Zoom meetings coming up as history lectures and Board meetings. My phone number is (775) 220-6278 or e-mail me carsoncityhistoricalsociety@gmail.com if you have issues meeting via Zoom. If you call, please leave a message with your name and phone number, and I'll call you back.

Meanwhile, stay safe. Sue Ballew



Exhibit: "The Petticoat Connection -
Notable Women of Eagle Valley"
Information provided 12/27/2020

The Nevada state flag, 1915-1929

A new exhibit is in the works called, "The Petticoat Connection - Notable Women of Eagle Valley." Our exhibits chairperson, Kat Long, and Andrea Hobbs have been working on this display for many months along with many local artists. Each month one of the women in the exhibit will be featured in the newsletter. This month it is Clara Crisler.

Clara Crisler (1882-1957) was one of three children born to Minnie and William Crisler. Their house was at 702 Minnesota Street in Carson City, Nevada and is on the Kit Carson Trail tour today. Her father was an engineer, and her mother owned a millinery shop at 306 North Carson where Clara worked and was later employed as a clerk. She was a Carson City High School graduate and attended Chico State College in California. In 1923 President Harding appointed her Registrar of the United States Land Office in Carson City, Nevada. She held leadership positions in women’s clubs including the Nevada Federation of Women's Clubs. (Information is from 1999 Survey of Historic Properties in Carson City, www.Carson.org).

Clara was known as a Carson City educator and historian, and in 1915 she designed the second Nevada State Flag. Her design was an attempt at having a state flag more representative of Nevada. She used the State Seal as the main basis because it depicted a Nevada that embraced mining, industry, agriculture, and its history. The flag was beautiful but too expensive to reproduce. The printing of 27 or more colors on a flag was difficult and time-consuming. The flag had to be appliquéd, and painted by hand, and it was a two-sided flag making it very expensive to reproduce. (From nevadatrivia.com)

Clara also spent much of her life chronicling the history of Nevada through scrapbooks. They were donated to the Nevada Historical Society after her passing in 1957.



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