Courtesy of Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park · 3 min read
MINDEN, Nev. — A free Western Heritage Celebration returns to the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Saturday, July 22, beginning at 11 a.m.
The event’s second year will include a heritage quilting presentation, a Victorian dressing presentation, songs about local history and cowboy poetry, as well as gold panning and other children’s activities.
The Carson Valley Quilt Guild returns for its second year and will give a demonstration on a variety of quilting methods including the “Crazy Quilt”. This demonstration is from 11 a.m. until noon.
The ladies of the Comstock Civil War Re-enactors will give a presentation on Victorian dressing, from undergarments to accessories, revealing the 7 to 11 layers of undergarments required for a lady’s proper appearance in the late 1800s. This presentation is from 1 until 2 p.m.
Singer-songwriter, Richard Blair has been a Truckee resident for 30 years and has written and recorded songs about the surrounding Sierras’ history in the late 1800s. Blair’s songs are old stories put to modern folk-roots and Americana melodies. He will be performing his music from 3 until 4 p.m.
Cowboy Poet, Tony Argento’s presentation will pay tribute to “The Day of the Cowboy”. Argento is not only a poet, but a humorist, story teller, historian and writer as well. In 2013 he was the featured Cowboy Poet of the “National Day of the Cowboy” celebration at the Kennewick, Washington Cowboy Gathering. Tony Argento will take the stage from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.
Children’s activities throughout the day include “Gold Panning with Peggy”, which is also a favorite with adults. Geologist, Peggy Ristorcelli will be on hand from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm to demonstrate and assist in the panning of “gold”, as well as discuss its history. Other children’s activities are scheduled for the duration of the event.
Sponsors for this event are Soaring NV, Douglas County, Carson Valley Accounting, Horsetales Magazine and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
Food will be provided by the Skinny’s BBQ and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch for a nominal fee.
The gate will open at 10:30 am, and the event is free for everyone. Presentations begin at 11:00 am with presenters available all day until 5:30 pm when the event ends.
The Western Heritage Celebration is an outdoor event, and visitors should bring their own seating. Dogs are not permitted at this event.
The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¼ mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital. For more information and a full 2017 Summer Festival schedule, please visit dangberghomeranch.org.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and three generations of descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley that founded Minden in 1905. The Park includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a large collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. Programs include guided tours, concerts, Chautauqua and other public events. The Park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with its owner, Douglas County.