Holiday Open House at Dangberg Historic Park

An old-fashioned “Holiday Open House” returns to Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park Saturday, December 9 and 16, 2018, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm both days.

The exhibit includes toys from the 1870s through the 1890s that were played with by Fred Dangberg, Jr., and his siblings, as well as numerous toys enjoyed by Fred’s five children and one grandson from the 1900s through the 1940s.

These include children’s books, a farm set, and cowboy costumes. A small wood-burning cook stove and a miniature tea cart will be shown. A dollhouse, a variety of dolls, handmade doll clothing and doll accessories will also be shown. The creative side of children’s play will be explored through toys and games from 1900 to 1945.

The dining room exhibit will include the Havilland Limoges china service, as well as a variety of formal evening wear.  Cards and gift wrapping will be displayed in the library.  The living room will display toys and a decorated Christmas tree, with decorations throughout the house, all of which belonged to the Dangberg family.

Christmas music will be provided by accomplished organist and Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch President, Howard Bennett on the 1895 organ. Treats and hot cider will also be provided.

The park’s store will be open, with a selection of jewelry, history books, photo notecards and other gifts. The park’s volunteers will also be conducting a your-choice raffle to raise money for the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch.

The house is open from 10:00 am-2:00 pm both Saturdays. Admission is free for members, a $5 suggested donation for everyone else. Reservations are not needed.

The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, Minden, NV. For more information, visit

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 his descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley history and 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, 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 Douglas County.

Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc.
PO Box 1158
Minden, NV 89423

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