Chautauqua and author presentations at Dangberg Historic Park
MINDEN, Nev.— August continues with a Chautauqua presentation of Mary McNair Mathews and a presentation by author Brooke Santina at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.
On Wednesday, August 14, at 6:30pm, Mary McNair Mathews, Comstock businesswoman and author of the book Ten Years in Nevada will be portrayed by Anita Watson.
When Mary McNair Mathews arrived on the Comstock, she carried with her more than carpetbags and trunks. Very much a woman of her time and culture, she brought along her values and beliefs, expectations and prejudices. She closely observed and commented upon the people and community she adopted for a time. Mary Mathews wrote about her life on the Comstock and in doing so, provided one woman’s perspective of an intriguing time and place.
Anita Watson, a long time Nevadan who has always been interested in the people and places of the Silver State. Watson earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she has taught history and been the coordinator of the Shared History Program. She has worked in the museum education field in Nevada and Minnesota, and published on the topics of Nevada women, Nevada medicine and general Nevada history. Anita Watson has been doing Chautauqua performances for more than 18 years.
“We are looking forward Anita Watson’s Chautauqua portrayal. She is a very talented performer and her love of history really comes to life through her characters,” said Kim Harris, the park’s events manager.
On Saturday, August 17, at 10:00 am, Reno author, Brooke Santina, will share her fictional novel based on her own experiences.
Dishrags to Dirt Bags tells the story of a meek housewife’s plunge into the often dangerous and mostly crazy world of law enforcement.
Brooke Santina was a former housewife turned deputy sheriff. After working in the field for more than a decade, Santina began writing of her experiences as a law enforcement officer in what later became a book. This book will be available for sale and signing on the day of the event.
“Brooke Santina’s story is fascinating and her book is hard to put down,” Harris continued.
Both events are free to attend. Please bring your own seating to all events and no pets allowed - service animals only. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy as no food or beverages will be sold at these events.
The Dangberg ranch house will be open for one hour before each event for anyone who would like an introduction to the park’s history.
The 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival is sponsored by Douglas County, Bently Heritage, Carson Valley Accounting, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dr. James the Dentist, Edward Jones Investments – Tim Cleveland, Horse Tales, Carson Valley Inn, Holiday Inn Express – Minden, Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Nevada State Bank and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
Upcoming events include Chautauqua portrayals of “Annie H. Martin”, “Lillian V. Finnegan” and “Anna N. Harris” as “Sisters of the Sage” on Wednesday, August 28; Dangberg Home Ranch Celtic Faire on Saturday, September 14, Chautauqua portrayal of “Hiram C. Scott” on Sunday, September 22; and Douglas High School Class of 1962: “Remembering Carson Valley in the 1950s and 1960s” on Saturday, September 28.
The full 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival event schedule is available at Dangberg.org.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¼ mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and his descendants, a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history that founded Minden in 1905. The site includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a collection of 39,000 artifacts, documents and photographs acquired and used by the Dangberg family. Programs include tours, exhibits, wedding rentals, and other public events.