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‘Ursus Among Us’ wins national exhibit award

Skulls, scat, fur and a full taxidermy bear are part of the Ursus Among Us exhibit.

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), a national museums and museum professionals organization, gave the Gatekeeper’s Museum a 2014 Award of Merit for the exhibit Ursus Among Us: The American Black Bear in the Tahoe Basin.

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.

The exhibit opened in summer 2012 and considers two main topics regarding Tahoe’s ursine residents:

Bears Up Close and Personal: Bear Facts and Observations

Bears and People: It’s Complicated

The exhibit features information about bears and bear-human interaction in multiple modes-audio, visual and tactile. The exhibit includes a taxidermy bear and provides information about bear life cycles. Museum visitors also learn how the ancient Washoe people interacted with bears.

The goal of the exhibit is to replace fear with facts and improve human behavior with regard to co-existing with local bears.

Urus Among Us will remain on display through Oct. 31, 2014. Gatekeeper’s Museum is open seven days a week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. General admission is $5, senior (65+) is $4, and children 12 and under are free.

For more information and seasonal hours, visit northtahoemuseums.org.


The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society preserves and presents regional history through programs and exhibits at its museums: Gatekeeper’s Museum and the Watson Cabin Museum. The NLTHS vision is to operate a community center where interactive exhibits and innovative educational programs promote ongoing thought, research, discussion and involvement in the preservation and interpretation of North Lake Tahoe History and its context within the American West.

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