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Dangberg Historic Park near Minden receives grants to fund operations and marketing

By Chris Moran

MINDEN, Nev. —The nonprofit organization Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch has been awarded two grants to assist in the operation of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, just outside of Minden.

Dangberg Historic Park preserves the home of the Dangbergs, a prominent Carson Valley family that founded Minden in 1905. Guided tours of the ranch house are available throughout the year by reservation.

The Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation awarded $8,104 to pay for such core operating expenses as Internet access, website hosting, telephone service, music licensing and employee wages.

“The Smallwood Foundation continues to believe in the importance of the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, and we’re impressed with the work being accomplished by the Friends group,” Suzy Stockdale, Smallwood Foundation chairman and trustee, said.

The Francis C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation was established following the death of William 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 regional investment banking firm specializing in public finance, bond underwriting and the raising of capital for developing regional companies.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism also recently awarded a marketing grant valued at $3,157. The funds will pay for a variety of advertising placements promoting the park to local citizens and out-of-town visitors. The year-long campaign is focused on the Reno-Tahoe and central Sierra Nevada markets, including Sacramento, with advertising in Sierra Heritage magazine, the KNPB program guide, the Record-Courier’s “Carson Valley Almanac” and in playbills for performances at the Pioneer Center in Reno and productions of the Carson Valley Arts Council. Ads also will be placed on Tahoe.com and Facebook, and usually will include information on the visitor websites of the Nevada Division of Tourism and the Carson Valley Visitors Authority.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, located at 1450 Nevada 88, just north of the Carson Valley Animal Hospital, is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Division of 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. Programs include tours, exhibits, wedding rentals and other public events. The park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in cooperation with Douglas County. 

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