North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s ‘Third Thursdays’ to honor Washoe settlers |

North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s ‘Third Thursdays’ to honor Washoe settlers

A Washoe galais dungal (winter house) in the early 1900s.
Courtesy photo | North Lake Tahoe Historical Soci

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society again enlightens tourists and community members with the Third Thursdays Summer Speaker Series, held at Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City.

During July, August and September, the public is invited to gain insight on area history, facts and adventures. This month, NLTHS will honor 10,000 years of Washoe settlers in the Tahoe Basin.

10,000 Years and Counting

Darrel Cruz, Historic Preservation Officer for the Washoe Tribe (and tribal member) will come to the traditional summer living area of the Welmelti tribal members, the area surrounding the Gatekeeper’s Museum, on Thursday, July 18. He will talk about how and where the ancient Washoe lived at Lake Tahoe. He will also bring us up to date on what the tribe — whose members live all over the world — does today, from nearby reservation communities to their language and environmental programs.

The Washoe Tribe is fully in the 21st century while keeping ancient traditions alive. Cruz’s talk is the second installment of the Gatekeeper Museum’s Third Thursday series. Doors open at 6 p.m. with refreshments; the speaker begins at 6:30 p.m.

Free to NLTHS members; $10 suggested donation for non-members. Proceeds help support museum exhibits and programs.

Each speaker will bring an interesting perspective about the Tahoe-Truckee area.

The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society operates two museums in Tahoe City: Watson Cabin Museum and the Gatekeeper’s Museum, featuring the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection showcasing more than 900 baskets from 85 tribes west of the Mississippi River.

The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s mission is to collected, preserve and present Lake Tahoe history for all people now and for future generations.

Ballet and Ironman

August will feature a collaboration with the Tahoe Youth Ballet when the Lake Tahoe Ballet Festival comes to the Gatekeeper’s Museum. Performances will extend into Friday evening, capping off a week-long dance festival in Tahoe City, bringing in famed dancers and choreographers from around the world. The public events will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

On Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m., the Third Thursday series kicks off the first Lake Tahoe Ironman Triathlon with one of the original founders and participants, Dan Hendricksen. A former Navy Seal, Hendrickson was one of four friends who originally came up with the idea of the triathlon. The concept was created with the intention of proving which athletes were more fit: swimmers or runners? Hendrickson will describe his experiences in what can only be called an unusually adventurous life.

For more information, visit or call 530-583-1762.

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