Genoa’s Mormon Station is 150
History comes alive! Step back in time June 1 through 3 at Mormon Station in historic Genoa, Nev. A celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of Mormon Station, a trading post established by Col. John Reese and a party of Mormon pioneers in June 1851 on the Carson River route of the Emigrant Trail.
The celebration will open at 1 p.m. June 1 at Mormon Station State Park with a one-hour musical and historical presentation, “A People of Faith,” presented by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A children’s Pioneer Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. June 2 and everyone is encouraged to join in. Other activities will begin at 10 a.m. More than 30 displays will be found in the Mormon Station Stockade with hands-on demonstrations of pioneer life such as candle, soap and button-making, leather tanning, spinning, weaving, quilting, churning and other period crafts presented by costume-clad pioneer’s. Pioneer children’s games will be part of the activities for children and the young at the heart. Maps for a self-guided walking tour of historic Genoa will be available for free while they last.
Continuous entertainment throughout the day will be provided by talented musicians, singers and dancers, along with living history presentations, old fashioned melodrama and a musical/historical play.
All activities are free and food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Carson Valley Lions Club. People can also bring a picnic lunch and are welcome to wear a costume celebrating 150 years of history.
The Settler’s Picnic honoring descendants of Carson Valley pioneers is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 3. A no-host barbecue will be available.
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