Students track Truckee’s history through artwork timeline
Ryan Summerlin July 1, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Town Hall has a new addition: a series of colorful drawings depicting Truckee’s history in celebration of the town’s 150 years of establishment and 20 years of incorporation.
Third-grade students from Truckee and Glenshire elementary schools created the pieces of art, all part of a timeline illustrating the area’s history from the Washoe Tribe to the present.
“I think it’s darling,” said Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee at the timeline’s unveiling Tuesday night. “I love it. They did a super job.”
Truckee history is part of the third-grade curriculum at both elementary schools. The timeline project is the culmination of what children studied this year, said Leslie Fansler, a third grade TES teacher.
“It was fun because I learned a lot about Truckee and it was really cool.”
Student, Truckee Elementary School
“I told them that we are going to make this timeline, and it’s going to be in the Town Hall for the public to see,” she said. “So they took a lot more pride in it.”
About 130 third-graders from five classes participated, with two students apiece working on the 63 historical events shown in the wall-length timeline, each with a brief paragraph explaining their significance.
“It was really fun,” said Annie Larson, who was a student in Fansler’s class. “It was fun because I learned a lot about Truckee and it was really cool.”
Students got an advance viewing of their work during a field trip earlier this month that included a stop at Town Hall.
“It was pretty cool seeing all of the other pictures,” said Kimberly Sales, who was also in Fansler’s class.
Some of historic events include the Washoe Tribe moving with the seasons, the Donner Party leaving for California in April 1846, the first ice palace being built in 1894 by Charles McGlashan, the 1960 Olympics, Truckee’s incorporation in 1993 and the first town roundabout being built in 1998.
The timeline is a collaborative project among the schools, town of Truckee, Arts for the Schools and Truckee Donner Historical Society.
“We didn’t direct them to do it one way,” said Shanna Kuhlemier, records technician for the town. “… We wanted their interpretation of what they saw, which was kind of fun for the kids.”
The timeline can be viewed through December and possibly into 2014, Kuhlemier said. It can be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday on the second floor of Truckee Town Hall, 10183 Truckee Airport Road.