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TDHS presents ‘Island in the Sky’

ANNE GROGAN

The Truckee-Donner Historical Society will soon present the first in a series of historic Truckee-based films, the 1953 John Wayne film “Island in the Sky.”

The showing will be in the presentation room of the Donner Memorial State Park museum beginning at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10.

“Island in the Sky” is the story of a wartime military aircraft crew downed over the frozen region north of Labrador and its struggle to survive the area’s harsh conditions with limited supplies.

The 90-minute, black-and-white film has not been aired on television in many years, local historian Guy Coates said, nor has it been released for public sale on video.

Filming of “Island in the Sky” took place in Truckee at the old airport flats, near the current CHP weigh station on Interstate 80.

Local recollections

Local resident Nels Stone, who served as a technician for the “Island in the Sky” movie crew, will introduce the historical society’s showing of the film with a brief discussion of his experiences working on the movie site.

The Truckee-Donner Historical Society will serve light refreshments during the evening.

Though admission is free, the historical society will accept a $2 donation per person.

For information, call 582-0893.


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