MINDEN, Nev. — The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, operated by the Nevada Division of State Parks in collaboration with Douglas County, invites the public to attend a celebration of the holidays. The event will feature an exhibit of antique toys, Christmas cards and decorations from the park’s extensive collection. Visitors will enjoy hearing music played on the Dangberg’s 1916 Knabe and Company grand piano.
Displayed exhibit items will include: a variety of stuffed animals, dolls, card games and other toys from the early decades of the 20th century, as well as board games, construction sets and other play items from the 1930s and 1940s. These items are examples of the childhood play from two generations of the Dangberg family.
“The park’s collection of antique toys is a lot of fun,” said Park Interpreter Mark Jensen. “We have Kewpie dolls, early Mickey Mouse toys, cast-iron trains, ‘Tinker Toys,’ board games from the 1910s such as ‘Department Store’ and ‘Sailor Boy,’ ‘Lincoln Logs’ and other and other toys that will make park visitors laugh, think and reminisce.”
In addition to the toys and games, the park will also display a variety of historic Christmas cards, sent to the Dangberg family by notable figures in Carson Valley and Nevada’s history, including other ranching families, Nevada governors and other politicians. Vintage ornaments, a silver Christmas tree and other holiday decorations will also be shown. In the tradition of hospitality established by the Dangberg family, cookies and hot beverages will be offered.
The exhibit will be open from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 12-15, 2008. Admission is $3.00 for adults and is free for children 12 and under. Visitors should dress in warm clothing. Information regarding the location of the park can be found at parks.nv.gov/hr.htm, or by calling 775-783-9417. Regular park tours will not be offered during this event.