Historical Society of Dayton Valley (Nevada)
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Interested in Railroads?
Railroad Depot Committee Meeting
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
The Railroad Depot Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. All interested are welcome!
Board of Directors Meeting
Wed., Feb. 8, 2016, 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.
This is where the business of the Society is done. All members are welcome to attend and offer input!
During this February meeting the Board must select someone to replace Duncan Lee on the Board. Duncan, whose term would be up at the end of 2017, has resigned for personal
for personal reasons.
To find officers and other Board members please visit our Museum/Contacts page. For minutes of past meetings
please visit our Membership page.
For more infomation contact President.
General Membership Meeting and Lecture
Wed., Feb. 15, 6 p.m.
Dayton Valley Community Center
We have changed our General Membership Meetings to be held once a quarter, in February, May, August, and November (our annual election meeting).
The meetings will be followed by refreshments and a historic lecture, each month on a different Dayton-related topic.
Our General Membership Meetings are meant to be fun as well as rich with historical information. It is your opportunity to meet our members, contribute your suggestions and ideas,
and learn some history on the way. Come learn something new and share our excitement about historic preservation, historic education, and Old Town Dayton!
Newcomers and non-members are always welcome!
Refreshments and Meet & Greet at 7 p.m.
"A Historic Undressing" at 7:30 p.m.
The buxom but wasp-waisted "Gibson Girl" was the creation of pen-and-ink artist Charles Dana Gibson and lead to a generation of women mimicking her classic form.
Fashion historian Tina Hersey-Davis will show you, layer by layer, how the Gibson Girl achieved that illusion in the garments she wore and the demeanor she projected. For more info call or email
Laura Tennant, 775-246-3256.
Our Very Own Dayton "Best Seller!"
Images of America: DAYTON
by Laura Tennant and Jack Folmar
First book on Dayton history since the 1920s!
This wonderful book is available for sale in our museum.
Sales benefit the Historical Society of Dayton Valley.
Contact Dayton Book or call 540-797-6498 or 775-246-3256.
Come Visit our Museum!
Shady Lane at Logan, Old Town Dayton, 775-246-6316
Our normal open days are Saturdays and Sundays from early March to late November. However, even though our museum is now closed for the winter
we are always happy to open for tours or special visits. Admission is always free.
For more information and times please visit our Museum/Contacts page.
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 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.
ANNUAL EVENTS OF AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY
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.
Nevada's State Historic Preservation Office designates May 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. In addition, during May our Museum is open every day.
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 2016 the re-ride moved from west to east, leaving from Sacremento, California at 10 a.m. on June 15th and passing through Nevada from the morning of
Thursday, June 16th to Saturday morning, June 18th. The re-ride went through Old Town Dayton in mid-afternoon of Thursday, June 16th, on the way to St. Joseph, Missouri,
in the afternoon of Saturday, 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 Historical Society of Dayton Valley's annual rummage sale is held each June
at the Carson & Colorado Railroad Depot, corner of Hwy. 50E and Main Street, at the stoplight. People wait all year for this sale since there are always bargains galore.
In 2016 the sale was held on Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th. There is something for everyone!
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.
In 2016 it was held on June 24th and 25th in Old Town.
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. In 2016 it will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. It includes a parade, a huge craft fair,
entertainment, old-fashioned contests, an art show, a silent auction, a major chili cookoff, show-and-shine, and much, much more. As many as 20,000 people attend over the two days.
or 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.
Dayton Valley Days video.
In 2016 for the fourth year the Historical Society's
Dayton Railroad Days will be co-located with Dayton Valley Days, also on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th. For more information on Dayton Railroad Days email
Railroad Depot Committee or call 775-771-9260 or 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 2016 the event will be on Thursday, October 27, celebrating Dayton's unique position in Nevada history as the site of
Nevada's first gold discovery, its first settlement, and the site of many other Nevada firsts. Again in 2016 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 775-246-0505 or Hayride chair.
WebPage Archive - Past Events
Dec. 3, 2016: Annual Christmas Party
Oct. 27, 2016: Haunted Hayride 2016 [Canceled due to rain]
Sept. 17-18, 2016: Annual Railroad Days
August 20, 2016: Annual Member Appreciation Picnic
July 30, 2016: Historic Marker Unveiling at Railroad Depot
July 23, 2016: Handicraft Workshop: Quilting with Yo-Yos
June 17-18, 2016: Annual Rummage Sale
May and early June, 2016: Exciting Stories of Dayton's Past
Apr. 5, 2016: Tour of St. Mary's Art Center, Virginia City
Mar. 24, 2016: HSDV helps celebrate Sutro School 20th anniversary
Oct. 29, 2015: Haunted Hayride 2015
Aug. 23, 2015: Society's Annual Potluck BBQ
Aug. 15, 2015: Crazy Quilt Class
Aug. 1, 2015: 150th Birthday of Dayton Grammar School
Aug. 1, 2015: Book Signing
June 12-13, 2015: Annual Rummage Sale
June 7, 2015: Civil War Soldier Memorial Ceremony
April-May 2015: Historic Lecture Series
March 22, 2015: Women Who Made a Difference
Oct. 30, 2014: Haunted Hayride 2014
Sept. 20-21, 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