• Smallwood Foundation awards grant to support Dangberg Historic Park

    Smallwood Foundation awards grant to support Dangberg Historic Park
    MINDEN, Nev.— The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation has awarded a $14,300 grant to the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch to assist the organization in its work operating the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.
    The park, located just outside Minden’s western border, is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, in cooperation with the park’s owner, Douglas County. Information about membership and programming is at dangberg.org.
    “The Smallwood Foundation has always been impressed with the work being done at the Home Ranch,” said Suzy Stockdale, a Minden resident and Smallwood Foundation trustee. “The Friends of Dangberg organization has truly made an impact, and its success in preserving and developing the park sets and example for the rest of the community.”
    This is the eighth consecutive year the Friends of Dangberg has received a Smallwood Foundation grant. The gift will pay a significant part of the park’s core operating expenses, including telecommunications and staffing that supports visitor services, events, volunteer management and care of the park’s large artifact collection.
    The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation was established following the death of Mr. Smallwood in April 1968. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Smallwood resided and worked in Dallas, where he was a co-founder of First Southwest Company, a prominent regional investment banking firm specializing in public finance, bond underwriting, and the raising of capital for developing regional companies.
    The establishment of the foundation represented the culmination of the Smallwoods’ lifelong support of a broad range of charitable organizations. In addition to the Friends of Dangberg, the foundation annually awards grants to several non-profits and other organizations in Carson Valley.
     “The Smallwood Foundation’s support lays the groundwork for everything else the Friends of Dangberg does, and we’re always glad to have its support,” said Mark Jensen, director of the Friends of Dangberg and the park’s curator.
    The group is focused on funding several building restoration and repair projects. Recent accomplishments at the park has included repairs to the ranch house interior, as well as work repointing the mortar and related repairs on the house’s brick walls.
    The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located at 1450 Highway 88, just north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital, 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 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. More than 5000 visitors come to the park each year for guided tours and events of the Dangberg Summer Festival of Music, History and Arts.  More information is at dangberg.org.
    Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc.
    PO Box 1158
    Minden, NV 89423