Party in the Donner Visitor Center museum with chuck wagon dinner, music, square dancing |

Party in the Donner Visitor Center museum with chuck wagon dinner, music, square dancing

Special to the Sun

Sierra State Parks Foundation will present a celebration of Truckee’s pioneer heritage with an Empty Museum Party, featuring the new Donner Visitor Center under construction at Donner Memorial State Park.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., the evening will start with facility tours and exhibit previews. A fully catered chuck wagon dinner will be provided. Washoe tribe members will perform a spiritual dedication, with Richard Blair entertaining with songs on his origial “From the Streets of Truckee” CD. Take a turn at square dancing in your favorite pioneer costume and enter the “Get in the Pioneer Spirit” costume contest.

This event will serve as a kick-off for the Donner Visitor Center Fundraising Campaign, with a goal to provide a stable funding source to support educational and visitor programming at the new Visitor Center, slated to open to the public in early 2015. The new facility will feature interactive exhibits that explore the crossing of the Sierra from the earliest times to the present.

Ordinary people were involved in an extraordinary task: crossing the Sierra Divide. “The Sierra State Parks Foundation is asking for our communities join us in our effort to provide excellent programming and experiences for generations to come”, said SSPF Executive Director Heidi Doyle. “We are starting off our campaign with a fun party and hope that you will join us.”

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is working for the area mountain park system by raising the critical funds to provide support for Donner Memorial State Park. Tickets are available first come, first available for $45.

Purchase online at This event is sponsored by Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Barefoot Wine and Truckee Donner Lodge.

The Sierra State Parks Foundation mission is to provide financial and professional support to the Lake Tahoe-Truckee region state parks for education, interpretation, restoration and cultural and environmental preservation consistent with the mission of California State Parks.

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