Conversations with history (and ‘living legend’) Dr. Helen Smith | SierraSun.com

Conversations with history (and ‘living legend’) Dr. Helen Smith

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The Sierra State Parks Foundation is proud to announce an evening with the first Vikingsholm Champion, Dr. Helen Smith, at Vikingsholm Castle in Emerald Bay State Park. The program starts at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, and tickets are necessary to attend.

Smith spent 14 of her childhood summers as a guest of Vikingsholm-owner, Ms. Lora Knight. When she returned as an adult, she discovered the new owners (California State Parks) had little information about the castle. She pioneered the first ever public tour program and recorded the castle’s history in a book. She continues to work with State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation to ensure Vikingsholm¹s legacy lives on. Dr. Helen Smith has been recognized with the 2019 Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Spirit of the Lake award.

Guests receive the VIP experience of driving down the park service road to lake level and receiving a private behind-the-scenes tour of the castle. Following the tour, there will be a reception of fine wine and hors d’oeuvres in the castle’s courtyard.

Tickets are $65 ($55 for members) and can be purchased online at http://www.SierraStateParks.org. Proceeds of this fundraising event benefit Vikingsholm maintenance and restoration projects.