Events: Historical Society of Dayton Valley (Nevada)

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Donations Needed for our Annual Rummage Sale
Sale in June; Rummage needed now!

Proceeds from this very important sale pay our insurance for the year! So please get those closets cleaned out, promise that lamp you always hated a nice new home, and bring it all to us! Please, however, no TVs or computer equipment.
Contact Vicki, 775-246-9396, or Marty, 775-246-5266, for drop-off times or to arrange pick-up.

Next Railroad Group Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 6 p.m.

Dayton Valley Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
Interested parties of all ages welcome. No experience necessary!
We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. We'd love to have your input on our restoration of our 1881 depot, on restoration of our 1888 narrow-gauge boxcar, on our railroad operations, or on any railroad projects.
Please attend a meeting, email Railroad Working Group, or call 775-546-3725 or 775-246-0505.
(Please see the Railroads page for more details on this group.)

Next Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Dayton Valley Community Center
(Pike Street at Logan, Old Town Dayton)
The Board meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
All members are welcome to attend and offer input!
For more information contact President.

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
This is the opportunity for you to learn of our planned activities and offer your suggestions and ideas.
To find officers and other Board members please visit our Museum/Contacts page.

We meet at 12:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month except December. Newcomers and non-members are always welcome!
Come share our excitement about historic preservation,
historic education, and Old Town Dayton!

May Historic Events Start Early
Begin April 23 with lecture on C&C RR

In addition to the museum being open every day in May there will be Carson & Colorado events on April 23rd and 30th. May lectures will be held on May 2, 14, and 28 and there will be a three-location Comstock school tour on May 9. Please see the April-May event flyer for more information.

Visit our Museum!
Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, 775-246-6316
The museum opened for the year on Sunday, March 1. To celebrate Nevada Historic Preservation and Archaelogical Awareness month the museum will be open every day in May. We are also always happy to make appointments to open the museum or for tours.
For more information please visit our Museum/Contacts page.
Admission is always free.
For information or appointments, or to volunteer, call 775-246-3527 or 775-246-0505, or email Museum or Webmaster.

Request for Dayton history
Do you have documents or artifacts that are part of Dayton's history? If your items would welcome a new home we can assure you that we will appreciate, care for, and preserve them.
However, we also understand that you may want to keep your historic items, but you can still help us. If you would scan or photocopy your documents or take a photo of your historic artifact, you can send us the KNOWLEDGE these items preserve.
We also want histories---if your family has Dayton roots please send us your stories or contact us to set up an interview.
Contact Historian or Webmaster or call 775-246-3256 or 775-246-0505.
Your contribution may provide exactly what we need to understand one more piece of Dayton history!

Dayton's 1881 C&C RR Depot
Grant Received from Nevada Commission on Cultural Affairs
For more information email Railroad Working Group or call 775-246-0505 or 775-546-3725.
The depot is open for special events, or tours can be arranged by emailing Railroad Working Group, or calling 775-246-0505 or 775-546-3725.
(Please see the Railroads page for more details on our depot.)

Dayton's Historic Firehouse/Jail
For more information or tours of Dayton's Firehouse/Jail---another historic building under the stewardship of the Historical Society of Dayton Valley, email Firehouse/Jail Docent or call 775-246-4457.

Growing rapidly and becoming a modern community, today's Dayton is nonetheless filled with and rooted in the remarkable history of its past. Many of the regular and special events of the Dayton area are based on its history and/or occur in historic Old Town Dayton.

May is set by the State Historic Preservation Office as Nevada's Historic Preservation and Archaeological Awareness Month. Each May our Society offers a variety of lectures, tours, and related events to celebrate our rich past.
This year our celebration begins early, on April 23, and continues through the end of May. Please see information above and join us for this annual opportunity to learn more of Dayton's past.

From April 1860 to October 1861, the Pony Express delivered mail between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California in half the time required by stagecoach. 2010 marked its 150th anniversary.
The annual re-ride passes through Old Town Dayton each year in the second week of June. In 2015 the re-ride moves from east to west, leaving from St. Joseph, Missouri on June 15th and passing through Old Town Dayton late June 22nd or early June 23rd, on the way to Sacramento on June 25th.
For more information on the annual reride see the website of the Nevada Division of the National Pony Express or the re-ride link on the National website.

The annual Oodles of Noodles pasta cook-off is held in Old Town Dayton in early summer. Sponsored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, the event features pasta chefs and a craft fair.
Confederate Civil War Volunteers prepare to fire their cannon while participating in one of the Civil War encampments held each Memorial Day weekend and in October at Ft. Churchill State Historic Park, located 25 miles east of Dayton.
The fort was built in 1860 during Indian uprisings and is both historically interesting and very scenic. (Bring your camera!) For information on the park go to Fort Churchill. For information on the encampments call 775-577-4880 (Buckland Station at Fort Churchill) or 775-577-2345 (Fort Churchill).

Dayton Valley Days is held annually in Old Town Dayton on the third weekend of September. It includes a parade, a huge craft fair, entertainment, old-fashioned contests, an art show, a silent auction, and much, much more. As many as 20,000 people attend over the two days.
For more information on Dayton Valley Days and applications for vendors go to the Dayton Valley Days website, call 775-246-3378 or email Dayton Valley Days.
In 2015 for the third year the Historical Society's Dayton Railroad Days will be co-located with Dayton Valley Days, on Saturday and Sunday, September 19th and 20th. For more information on Dayton Railroad Days email Railroad Working Group or call 775-246-0505.
Haunted Hayride: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!
Each Nevada Day the pioneeers of Old Town Dayton return, recreated by volunteers from the Historical Society of Dayton Valley for Nevada Day, celebrated on the last Friday in October. In 2015 the event will be on Thursday, October 30, celebrating Dayton's unique position in Nevada history as both the site of Nevada's first gold discover, its first settlement, and the site of many other Nevada firsts. Again in 2015 we will offer a free hayride to meet the ghosts of the past---suitable for all ages---plus old fashioned games for the kids and light refreshments.Costumes are encouraged, for both children and adults! Come have fun with us and learn a little Dayton history as you do!

New ghostly pioneers, children or adults, are always welcome. Call us if you would like to choose your character, or research one for yourself, and join us! For more information on the Ghostly Pioneers call 775-246-9396 or Hayride chair.

WebPage Archive - Past Events

March 2015: Women Who Made a Difference

Oct. 2014: Haunted Hayride 2014

Sept. 2014: Dayton Railroad Days 2014

Aug. 16, 2014: Needlework Class

June 18, 2014: Bruce Rettig, Dayton's New Tourist Kiosk!

June 2014: Annual Rummage Sale

May 2014: The Life of a Union Soldier

May 2014: Discover Gold in Dayton, Again!

April 2014: Bob Nylen on Nevada's Judge Clark Guild

March 2014: Ron Bell, Pony Express storyteller

Feb. 2014: Guy Rocha, Separating Historical Fact from Fiction

Oct. 2013: Hayride into Statehood!

Sept. 2013: Dayton Railroad Days

June 2013: HSDV Rummage Sale

Oct. 2012: Ghost Walk

Aug. 2012: Dayton Railroad Days

July 24, 2012: 7 (days) 24 (hours) 12 (months) -
Tribute to Lyon County's First Responders

June 2012: Annual Rummage Sale

May 2012: Historic Lecture Series

May 2012: Celebrating our Silver Anniversary

Oct. 2011: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!

June 2011: Annual Rummage Sale

May 2011: Historic Lecture Series

April 2011: Railroad Jamboree

Oct. 2010: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return

Sept. 2010: Dayton Valley Days
and Misfits performance

Aug. 2010: HSDV wins Blue Ribbon for Best Display at 2010 Nevada Territory Wild West Fair!

June 2010: Annual Rummage Sale

June 2010: 150th anniversary of the Pony Express

May 2010: Historic Lecture Series

April 2010: Railroad Jamboree

July 2009: Celebration of the Depot as a Residence

July 2009: Gold Discovery Celebration -- 160th anniversary

June 2009: Annual Rummage Sale

May 2009: Historic Lecture Series

April 2009: Tribute to the Carson & Colorado Railroad

Oct. 2008: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...Again and Again!

Sept. 2008: Dayton Valley Days
Living History---Henry M. Yerington wants you!

May 2008: Historic Lecture Series,
Walking Tour, Oodles of Noodles

Oct. 2007: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return...Again!

Sept. 2007: Remembering Mervin C. Johnson
and the pioneering Johnson family

Sept. 2007: Dayton Valley Days

May 2007: Historic Lecture Series,
Tour, and Opening of the "Gateway to the Comstock"

Oct. 2006: Ghostly Pioneers of Old Town Dayton Return!

May 2001: Founders Day Celebration

April-May 2001: The "Great Debate" and Founder's Day Lecture Series

Sept. 2000: Dayton Valley Days

July 1999: Sesquicentennial of Nevada's First Gold Discovery

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