Tallac Historic Site begins summer programs | SierraSun.com

Tallac Historic Site begins summer programs

Autumn Whitney
The 2016 Great Gatsby Festival volunteers stand in costume outside the Pope House.
Courtesy / Tahoe Heritage Foundation |

The Tallac Historic Site is one of the most popular locations for those wishing to learn more about Lake Tahoe’s history. The property, which is open each summer and managed by both the Tahoe Heritage Foundation and U.S. Forest Service, launched a portion of its 2017 programs at the end of May, but more are on the way.

“Pope House tours are probably the most popular programs because they’re held every day, and are hour-long tours of the biggest mansion on site. Each guide is different, but the general focus is on ‘then vs. now’ and the wealth of the people that lived there,” said Ellie Hinkle, THF program coordinator.

“Usually when people come to the site that’s the thing they know about.”

The site’s other program that kicked off prior to June, Games of the Past, began on May 30 and is held each Tuesday through the end of August. These free events, which begin at 10 a.m., are casually structured and are open for people to drop in at any time prior to 3 p.m.

“A volunteer brings activities that were popular during the ‘20s, and they play different games that people would’ve played,” Hinkle noted.

New to Tallac Historic Site this year are Community Days, held Saturday, June 17, and Saturday, July 15. While the program is still in the development stage, guests can expect a day full of festival-style, family-friendly events including costume contests and historical scavenger hunts.

“Washoe Ways is somewhat new — it just hasn’t been offered in a long time, and it hasn’t been done at the site. It used to be at [Taylor Creek] Visitor Center,” Hinkle said of the program, which offers guests insight into a day in the life of a Washoe family. Washoe Ways is held Tuesdays from June 20 through Aug. 29.

Additional changes to traditional programs include increased offerings of Site Walk, tours of the grounds that are now offered each Friday from June 16 through Aug. 18. In years past, the tours were offered by special request only. As Site Walk is completely outdoors, well-behaved pets are welcome to attend.

Tallac Historic Site’s other pet-friendly program is Tea with Mrs. Tevis, in which guests hear from an actor portraying a woman who lived on-site from 1899-1913.

Other programs offered at the site include the Servant Tour, Afternoon with Anita, Vintage Vatican, Tea and Scones, and the ever-popular Kitchen Kids. The latter program, open to children between the ages of 6 and 12, is held Wednesdays and Fridays from June 16 through Aug. 18.

“Aside from Pope House tours, this is probably the most popular program we have — the one that before we were even open we were getting calls to sign up,” Hinkle said. “Kids get to come into the early 1900s Pope kitchen and bake recipes from the 1920s, learn how that process works and wash dishes. Parents love it because it’s an opportunity to introduce kids to baking.”

In addition to its regular programs, the Tallac Historic Site will also host the annual Great Gatsby Festival, which celebrates its 33rd year Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12-13.

THF, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, also hosts Friday evening programs at Lake of the Sky Amphitheater from July 7 through Aug. 25.

For more details on all scheduled summer programs, including ticket pricing and hours, visit http://www.tahoeheritage.org.

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