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Give Back Tahoe: Truckee-Donner Historical Society preserves and protects

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Truckee-Donner Historical Society (TDHS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose MISSION is to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the aboriginal, natural, civil, literary, and ecclesiastical history of the Town of Truckee and surrounding area. Our VISION is to preserve and protect the history of Truckee.

TDHS was founded in 1968 and designated a 501(c)(3) in 1971. All TDHS Board members are volunteers and devote hours to the preservation of Truckee’s history.

TDHS is tasked as stewards to maintain and preserve several area landmarks including the Joseph Research Library Cabin, the Old Jail Museum and Community Memorial Garden, the Donner Cross, and Schaffer Cemetery.

TDHS also participates in area activities designed to foster a continued appreciation for historical records, artifacts, and ephemera including annual participation in events like the Fourth of July Parade, the Old Timers’ Picnic, and Schaffer Cemetery clean up.

We also manage public Information booths at area events like the annual Truckee Air Show and Truckee Thursdays. TDHS is also a proud participant in the Blue Star Museum program.

We encourage you to explore various volunteer opportunities with us and welcome your participation and involvement. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with the maintenance and preservation of our physical assets, to act as docents for the Old Jail Museum, and to assist us in research efforts.

The Research Cabin is generally open most Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Old Jail Museum is generally open on summer weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on many Truckee Thursdays.

The Society’s greatest achievement is continually making our history available and meaningful for all visitors. Our greatest need is for volunteers to assist us in our tasks of stewardship, providing area information at Truckee events, and research opportunities.


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