Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center


For a number of years this was the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center's website.
Content is from the site's 2000- 2003 archived pages.

To find the most up to date information about the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center go to: http://historicnv.org/locations/

 



 

An aside: The lush Carson Valley framed by the Carson Range of the Sierra Nevada and the Pinenut Mountains, unfolds on Nevada’s western border. Today it retains its broad and green lushness, nourished by the Carson River and its tributaries appearing as the oasis early western settlers passed through drawn by the California Gold Rush of the 1840’s. My wife and I travel back to our roots every couple of years. This past was a visit in the spring to the Genoa Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and to play golf. Golfers, such as myself, will feel right at home here with four valley courses which vary widely in terrain and difficulty. There are tight fairways that meander along the river or open links-style courses tucked against the mountains offering splendid views. It's a real change of pace from how and where we live on the East coast. For example, we have on several landscaped acres a contemporary glass and stone house with stunning modern italian dining furniture which we bought from a nearby furniture store that is an authorized dealer of the most respected Italian furniture designers and manufacturers on the market place today. The contrast of stepping into the showroom of room service 360° with their vignettes of sleek name designer modern furniture versus stepping into the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center perfectly illustrate my point. One screams 21st century cutting edge design and chic life style while the other solidly states rustic, practical, 19th century period rugged make-do living. I love the contrast.

 



 

Open year round, Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm
First Saturdays of each month, 11 am to 2 pm, unless otherwise posted
Closed Saturdays the rest of the month unless we have a special event scheduled.

Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Gardnerville, NV

 

Located on Highway 395 in the heart of Gardnerville on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this museum reflects the history of the Carson Valley from 1915 through to the present. Washoe Indian and Basque heritage exhibits are featured along with agriculture, early telephone, doctors, and restored 19th century vehicles. Changing gallery highlights people, places and activities. A current exhibit is about Nevada’s wild and free-roaming mustangs.

The Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center is housed in the former Douglas County High School building. The building was designed by the famed architect Federic DeLogchamps and was constructed in 1915. It is currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1988, the school board leased the building to the Carson Valley Historical Society. The Society renovated the structure to become a museum of Carson Valley history and a cultural center to benefit and be enjoyed by visitors and residents of Douglas County and the surrounding area.

Circa 2000 - 2003

 

Juanita Schubert Rediscovered
At the Carson Valley Museum through June 30, 2000. ”Off to the Mountains” by Juanita Schubert is the featured work in a retrospective of the photographer’s work produced in the Carson Valley during the late 30s and early 40s. It was shown extensively throughout the United States from 1943 – 1946, winning many awards and garnering much critical acclaim. It was chosen as the cover photograph for Grace Dangberg’s book Carson Valley, published in 1972.

“Seen About Town, The Art of Lew Hymers”
Can be seen in the Changing Gallery at the Carson Valley Museum until October 31, 2000.

Lew Hymers was a significant force in Reno’s commercial and social life during the 1930s and 1940s. His incisive pen and ink caricatures of northern Nevada’s movers and shakers” appeared in the Reno Evening Gazette for seven years. At the age of 20, Hymers joined the art staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he shared offices with Robert Ripley, later of “Believe it of Not” fame, and John Terry, creator of the popular “Terrytoon” cartoon series in Hollywood. In 1932, Hymers returned to Nevada and opened his own studio. From 1934 to1944 he lived in Genoa, commuting to Reno. The exhibit represents a true cross-section of his work from studiowork to his weekly newspaper column.

All That Glitters (2001)
The story of the boom and bust of Nevada mining. This exhibition in the changing gallery at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center features panoramic photographs of mining operations and towns from the 1900s to the 1930s, models of gold-extraction devices, and hard-rock mining implements. This exhibition will be replaced with Tonopah and Beyond late in May, 2001. This new exhibit, created by the exhibits crew at the Nevada State Museum, will continue the mining theme through the end of the year.

The Snowshoe Thompson (permanent) exhibit
The Genoa Courthouse Museum, commemorates John A. “Snowshoe” Thompson (1827-1876). Thompson earned his nickname by skiing over the Sierra Nevada to carry mail to Placerville, California, and back to Genoa, Nevada. The exhibit features a three dimensional diorama of winter in the Sierra Nevada.



 

NEWS

Carson Valley Historical Society received a grant of $20,342 from the Smallwood Foundation to continue the Smallwood Youth Gallery. It is an unparalleled opportunity for youth in grades 5-12 to create works of art in any media, develop the layout for the gallery and install their own exhibit. Each semester has a broad theme and youth may incorporate computer programming and music into their gallery activities. The winter 2002 Gallery Grand Opening is June 22. The theme for Fall 2002 is "Splish Splash" to compliment a temporary exhibit on "Keeping the Valley Green", water and soil conservation and recycling.

 



 

2003 Calendar of Events

Genoa Courthouse Museum -- Information 775-782-4325
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center -- Information 775.782.2555


Year-long activities: National Trust for Historic Preservation Barn Program
April-October activities: Display of barn art & photos in community & both museums
May-September: Display of agricultural equipment at both museums.

 



 
 
BARN AGAIN!® PROGRAMS
  Year-long activities: National Trust for Historic Preservation Barn Program
April-October activities: Display of barn art and photos in community and both museums May-September: Display of agricultural equipment at both museums
February 13 BARN AGAIN!® Film "Troublesome Creek," CVMCC, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission Charge
15 BARN AGAIN!® Opening of exhibit "Barn Sale", CVMCC main gallery, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
20 BARN AGAIN!® Presentation "Vaquero to Buckaroo" by Charles Greenhaw, CVMCC, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission Charge
27 BARN AGAIN!® Film "Weathered Secrets," CVMCC. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission Charge
March 13 BARN AGAIN!® Presentation "Types of Barns," by Jerry Parkos, CVMCC, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission Charge
20 BARN AGAIN!® Film "Barns Reborn," CVMCC, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission Charge
29 Deadline for Community Barn Photography submissions
April-July BARN AGAIN!® Barn wood workshops for families. Watch for dates.
May Move several pieces of agricultural equipment to each museum’s lawn/walkway. Installation in Smallwood Youth Gallery.
31 BARN AGAIN!® Barn Tour in Carson Valley. Fee includes tour map and Barn Booklet
June 30 Barn Sale Exhibit closes CVMCC
July
1-3,8-10
Entry days for Artists Do Barns
12 BARN AGAIN!® Opening reception for Artists Do Barns, CVMCC, 11:00-2:00
2,9; 8,29 BARN AGAIN!® Volunteer training for Smithsonian Exhibit docents
August
5,12; 7,14
BARN AGAIN!® Volunteer training for Smithsonian Exhibit docents
17 CVHS Annual Picnic (A "Tailgate" Party) and sneak preview of the BARN AGAIN!® Exhibit, CVNCC, 11:30-2:30, reservations required.
August 18 -Sept. 30 BARN AGAIN!® Celebrating an American Icon exhibit opens, CVMCC Smithsonian Institution exhibit
23 BARN AGAIN!® Celebratory opening of BARN AGAIN!® EXHIBIT, CMVCC, no charge
September 13 BARN AGAIN!® Barn Dance, Corley Ranch. Fun and Fund Raiser. Tickets required.
30 BARN AGAIN!® Smithsonian Exhibit BARN AGAIN!® closes, "Last Chance Reception" noon-3:00 p.m.
November 15 Closing of "Artists Do Barns" exhibit

 



 

2002 Calendar of Events

Beginning May 1st the admission charge to each museum is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 for youth ages 6 to 18. To visit both museums, the charge is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child.

 
   
  COUPON
Get 25% off any DOVER Publication at our gift shops with admission to our museums.
Genoa Courthouse Museum Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Print and bring this coupon with you. Valid until October 13, 2002
  COUPON
Become a member of Carson Valley Historical Society and get any piece of Washo-made jewelry at 20% off Genoa Courthouse Museum Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Print and bring this coupon with you. Valid until October 13, 2002
July  
10-11 Chautauqua in the Park
Includes 20 youth portraying such well known historical people as Irving Berlin, Georgia O’Keefe, Anne Frank and Jacques Costeau, telling their life stories and answering questions. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic meal, enjoy the evening in Mormon Station Park in Genoa, NV and the creativity of the youth. Information: 775-267-3410 or 775-265-6097. 5-8 p.m.
20 Art and Wine Festival
Held on the grounds of Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, features over 20 artists, food booths, wine booths and an opportunity to win a wine cellar. Live music and a good time are assured. Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Hwy. 395 N., Gardnerville. Information: 775-265-6097 or 775-782-2269. 5-9 p.m
27 Opening reception of the works of Hans Meyer-Kassel (1872-1952)
July 27, 7-9 p.m. at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The exhibit contains over 100 works and never before exhibited sketches and studies by the artist. Several of the artists works are also on exhibit at Genoa Courthouse Museum through October 13.
The Meyer-Kassel exhibit closes January 25, 2003.
September  
15 CVHS Annual Picnic
Potluck Affair for members and prospective members welcome. RSVP required. Mormon Station State Park, Genoa – 12 noon. Information: 775-265-2579, 775-782-4325 or 775-782-2555.
October  
5 Beginning of activities for "The Year of the Barn"
Youth barn drawing contest, youth and adult barn photography contest, planning for a film and lecture on barns and barn owners. Look for a very full year on barn projects, exhibits and activities in 2003. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
13 Genoa Courthouse Museum closed for the season.
Closes at 4:30 p.m. for the season.
19 Cemetery Tour
A self-guided tour of the Fredericksburg Cemetery, ten miles south of Minden in Alpine County. 7 – 8 p.m. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly! "Living Histories". $2.50 per person, $8.00 per family. Information: 775-782-2010 or 775-782-2555.
December  
8 Holiday Opera House
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Hwy. 395 N., Gardnerville. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Information: 775-782-3045, 775-782-2269 or 775-782-2555. Donations appreciated.

 

 



 

2001 Calendar of Events

Genoa Courthouse Museum -- Information 775-782-4325
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center -- Information 775.782.2555

All That Glitters is a new exhibition in the Changing Exhibits Gallery of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. It includes panoramic black and white photographs of Nevada's boom and bust periods of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, plus mining implements, survey equipment, ore samples and models of the implements used by the 49ers. Original mining certificates and copies of Nevada mining maps are for sale in the museum gift shop during the run of this exhibition.

 

April  
29 "Meet the Author"
Book-signing event showcasing local and regional authors at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.2555
May National Historic Preservation Month
5 Genoa Courthouse Museum Opens
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
9 Lecture and Exhibit on Will James
Genoa Courthouse Museum, upstairs, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
12 Antiques/Collectible Sale
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Information 775. 265.6097 or 775.782.2555
June  
13 Quilting, Spinning, and Weaving Demo
Genoa Courthouse Museum, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
23-24 Snowshoe Thompson Festival
Arts and Crafts, Antiques and Collectibles, Living History, Young Chautauquans, raffle, food, and more. Mormon Station State Park, Genoa, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.-- Information 775.265.6097, 775.265.7074 or 775.782.2555

This year we are cooperating with the Genoa Greater Business Association in a joint effort with their Snowshoe Thompson Committee to dedicate a statue of Snowshoe Thompson on the grounds of the Mormon Station State Park.

The festival includes Antiques and Collectibles, Arts and Crafts and specialty booths, historical presentations, hay wagon rides to Genoa Cemetery, demonstrations, and ethnic foods, raffle, and more.

Applications are now available for the Arts and Crafts section and the Antiques and Collectible area. The festival weekend rate is $50 that entitles you to a 10' x 10' reserved space.

For information and application for Arts and Crafts contact Mary Jane Harding at 775.265.7074 and for Antiques and Collectibles contact Grace Bower at 775.265.6097.

June  
11 Navajo Story Telling and Crafts
For youths and adults, Genoa Courthouse Museum, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775-782-4325
August  
8 Washoe Basket Weaving Demonstration
Genoa Courthouse Museum, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
September  
8 Antiques/Collectible Sale
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Information 775. 265.6097 or 775.782.2555
12 Photograph Restoration Lecture and Demonstration
Genoa Courthouse Museum, upstairs, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
October  
10 Lecture/Chautauqua-Cemeteries
Cemeteries of the area Genoa Courthouse Museum, upstairs, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.4325
13 Appraisal Fair
Professional appraisers, Historical Society fund raising event. Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Information 775.265.6097 or 775.782.2555
14 Genoa Courthouse Museum Closes for the Season
20 Cemetery Tour
A self-guided tour of the Garden Cemetery, Gardnerville, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly! After tour refreshments at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center -- Information 775.782.2555
December  
2 Holiday Open House
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Information 775.782.2555
  This Calendar is a list of just some of the interesting events scheduled. Call 775.782.2555 for calendar updates or check back often.

 

 



 

2000 Calendar of Events

 

The Carson Valley Historical Society is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Frances C. & William P. Smallwood Foundation to establish a Youth Gallery at the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville, Nevada. Fifteen students, fifth grade and up, will start the program that includes exhibit building, Internet and traditional library research, and critical thinking. The gallery will be the students' project; with the guidance of a teacher, they will plan, design, create, maintain and curate a gallery, thereby creating a "museum within a museum".

 

March Events for 2000
5 National Women in History Month
Exhibit on display at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
April  
30 Meet the Author
Book signing event showcasing local and regional author's at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
May  
  National Historic Preservation Week
6 Genoa Courthouse Museum Opens for the Season
Special exhibit "Juanita Schubert Rediscovered" from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
13 Antiques and Collectibles Sale
Join us at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Information -- 775.265.6097 or 775.782.2555
 
June  
14 Pony Express Reride
Arrival approximately at the Genoa Courthouse Museum 12:45 p.m.
24-25 Annual "Snowshoe" Festival
Genoa crafts, antiques, living history presentations, and food.
Information -- 775.265.6097 or 775.782.2555
 
September  
9 Appraisal Fair
Join us at Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Professional appraisers, 3 items per person ( $15 per item) -- general public
($10 per item) -- for historical society members.
Information -- 775.265.6097 or 775.782.2555
9 Antiques and Collectibles Sale
Join us at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Information -- 775.265.6097 or 775.782.2555
 
October  
7 Annual Scarecrow Festival
Join us at East Fork Gallery
Event offering "scarecrow-making" kits at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center -- Information -- 775.782.7629
16 Genoa Courthouse Museum Closes for the Season
21 Annual "Living History" Cemetery Tour
A self-guided tour of Genoa cemetery starting at 6:00 p.m. (bring a flashlight and dress warmly) -- Information -- 775.782.2555
 
December  
3 Gallery of Trees and Holiday Open House
Tree decorating contest from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Schools, local organizations, businesses, and individuals participate in this event, ribbons awarded. Trees on display for the month of December at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center -- Information -- 775.782.2555
  This Calendar is a list of just some of the interesting events scheduled. Call 775.782.2555 for calendar updates or check back often.

 



 

Executive Board

President
Marlena Hellwinkel

Vice President
Elizabeth Paul

Financial Recorder
William Palmer

Secretary
Lois Brooks

Member-At-Large
Dorothy Scossa

These five and 20 other volunteers make up the Board of Trustees of the Carson Valley Historical Society. In the two museums the Society operates, there are over 50 volunteer docents managing the gift shops and visitor areas.

The three full-time employees of the organization report to the Executive Board.

 

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