On the ‘honor roll’: Society recognized for its work on women’s history
The Douglas County Historical Society has been accepted into the Roll of Honor of the Nevada Women’s History Project. The Roll of Honor identifies individuals and organizations who have made a difference in gathering and preserving the history of Nevada women and who have shown commitment and creativity that resulted in tangible contributions of published works, accessible research data and special services.
The Douglas County Historical Society was nominated for this honor by Marlena Hellwinkel, a DCHS trustee and former society president, on the basis of its Women’s History Remembering Project. According to Cherry Jones, first vice president of the State NWHP and former DCHS trustee, the Historical Society’s project fits the Roll of Honor selection criteria by gathering the biographies of Douglas County women and making them assessable for research at the Van Sickle Library at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville and the Jean Ford Research Center in Reno.
For the past five years, DCHS has celebrated National Women’s History Month in March by honoring women who have made or are making significant historical contributions to the quality of life in Douglas County. To date, more than 60 women’s biographies have been collected. More women’s stories will be added during the society’s sixth annual event scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. April 3 at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395 N., Gardnerville. This year’s theme is “Douglas County Women: Guardians of Us All.” The public is invited to this free, inspiring event.
Induction for the Roll of Honor will take place March 10 during the Nevada Women’s History Project’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the installation of Nevada’s statue of Sarah Winnemucca in Statuary Hall.
The Douglas County Historical Society operates two museums, the Gardnerville facility and the Genoa Courthouse Museum, which is closed for the season.
The tax-free, not-for-profit corporation is dedicated to researching and preserving the history of the county. Membership information may be obtained by calling (775) 782-2555 or visiting the Gardnerville museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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