Civil War reenactment at museum opening |

Civil War reenactment at museum opening

Sherry Howie

After a long winter slumber a true sign of spring is the awakening of the Genoa Courthouse Museum. Not open year-round as is the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville, the Courthouse Museum in Genoa is open from May until October.

The opening ceremonies on Saturday will be something that no family should miss. Parents and children will be delighted to experience the many recreated historical events from 10 4:30 p.m. The flag raising ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Featured will be the Nevada Civil War Volunteers who will reenact key events from the Civil War period. Dressed in period costumes, they will speak about the dress, types of transportation and status of Black slaves when President Abraham Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in 1863. The Civil War Volunteers is a nonprofit, educational, reenactment organization based in Northern Nevada. They accurately represent authentic activities for families in a safe environment. Their emphasis is on the fun of learning about the state of Nevada’s involvement in the Civil War events.

Accompanying the Civil War soldiers will be Paulette Grune in Civil War dress styles, complete with hoop skirt and several layers of undergarments, to demonstrate what life was like for women during those days. Grune will also model period hats, jewelry and other clothing styles. To add to the excitement, cannon demonstrations, as well as Confederate weapons, that Larry Steinberg will portray, (but not fire) will be held. Tom Lynch will set up a tent and display Union Soldier equipment and weapons. Russ Hahn, dressed as a Union Soldier, will demonstrate signal flags used by Union soldiers during the war. Other activities, both inside the museum and outside on the courthouse lawn, are letter writing as an art demonstrated by Kathy Lynch and a display and discussion of herbs and remedies used in the past that Ava Hahn will present.

There are many interesting stories about the Civil War. The early settlements in Carson Valley, Nevada Territory, were just being established when the War began in 1861. Adults and children alike will be amazed at what they will learn at the museum, especially at this opening day ceremony. The outside events are free of charge. All are invited to come join in the festivities.