We have been having lectures every Saturday at 11 a.m. and they have been well attended. The lectures are designed to teach our docents the history of our area. When the public visits the museum they will be prepared to relate Dayton's history.
So far we have covered the discovery of gold, the Chinese in Dayton, farm equipment in the early days, the Carson-Colorado railroad, and the Ricci Ranch.
It's surprising how many people other than our docents are coming to listen and learn.
We welcome anyone who would like to drop in and join in these learning sessions about the Dayton area. However, if you have missed any of the lectures given this year or last, we have DVDs of most of the lectures available.
Just come by the museum when we are open and ask about checking them out.
The folks who are giving the lectures are well informed or are a living part of the history of Dayton. We're fortunate to have Morgan Webber, who is taping all the lectures given at the museum as well as our historical Thursday night lectures at the Senior Center.
The Historical Society feels blessed to have the history of Dayton recorded for the future of the museum. So many times we wait until it's too late to record an event or a person and it's lost forever.
In the month of May we will have a lecture every Thursday night at the Dayton Senior Center at 7 p.m. They will be geared to the Nevada Historic Preservation Month.
The theme is "The New Deal," and "The Depression Years." The museum will be following the same theme for the Saturday lectures. The Dayton Museum will be open the entire month of May to celebrate the Nevada Historic Preservation Month.
The people who comprise the Historic Society of Dayton Valley are stoked up with all the new things we are doing to improve the presentation of the history of Dayton and surrounding areas. Check with us for times and subject of future lectures and check out our Web site listed below.
The Dayton Museum is located on Shady Lane and Logan in Old Town Dayton. The Web site is daytonnvhistory.org. Group tours are available. Call 246-5543, 246-8382 or 246-0441
• Ruby McFarland has lived in Dayton since October 1987, she serves as a board member of the Dayton historical society and a docent at the museum.