Thank you for your interest in the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park. The park is operated by the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and Nevada corporation, in cooperation with Douglas County. The Friends is dedicated to the preservation and operation of the Dangberg park, and donations may be tax-deductible.
This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000:
1. Staffing Seed Money. Funding to pay part-time seasonal employees is needed, with opportunities in various areas including event coordination, museum curation, and educational programs. Lasting from May-August with flexible scheduling, these positions will be excellent opportunities for college students seeking experience, or retirees sharing theirs. One responsibility of each position will be to identify grant opportunities specific to their responsibilities, and assist in preparing grant applications. The resulting team will work closely with volunteers and report to the park’s curator, who coordinates all aspects of park operations.
2. Landscaping. In December 2013, a number of individual donors gave $970 to buy trees for the park. The Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch hopes to at least double this amount and have several new trees planted in the spring of 2014 (soon!). The planting will help celebrate Nevada’s sesquicentennial as an official event. Another singular opportunity is to help build a quality replica of the wood post-and-beam fence that once surrounded the ranch house on three sides. Douglas County, the park’s owner, is the controlling partner in these projects, with the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch working to build funding alliances and assist with planning and on-site coordination.
3. Building and Road Maintenance and Restoration. There are eight historic structures at the park, built between 1857 and 1917, that require maintenance and restoration. Current priorities include re-painting the wood-shingle roofs, restoration of the historic brick entrance columns, repair of building foundations, repair of trim and other exterior woodwork, a climate control system for the ranch house, replacement of the interior lathe and plaster inside the garage and the carriage house, and repair of the garage’s electrical system. The country lane that leads to the park needs leveling and new fill at several locations. Douglas County, the park’s owner, is the controlling partner in these projects, with the Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch working to build funding alliances and assist with planning and on-site coordination.
Please contact Mark Jensen, the curator of the park and director of the Friends of Dangberg, at 775-783-9417, to find out more about the park’s needs. To make a grant from your Community Foundation of Western Nevada Donor Advised Fund, contact Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499 or go to www.nevadafund.org.