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‘Windows on History’ this weekend

File photoThe Truckee Railroad Regulators western reenactment group is a crowd favorite at the yearly event.
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Ghosts will perform in the cemetery, Snowshoe Thompson will appear at the Truckee Hotel.

No, it’s not “Night of the Living Dead,” it’s the 9th Annual “Windows on History” weekend sponsored by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce on May 17 and 18.

“I think it’s so wonderful that people get to learn something about history and see downtown Truckee,” said Corrin Keck, spokeswoman for the event. “I think it’s a fun, family oriented event for tourists and locals.”



Guided bus tours will ferry passengers from the visitor’s center to Brickelltown, Hooligan Rocks, the rocking stone, the cemetery and the old jail. “Wild West Shows,” performed by the Railroad Regulators, will be ongoing throughout the weekend.

Keck said the gunslinging Railroad Regulators attract the most people, usually around 200 people a year.




“They do actually do reenactments of actual historic gunfights … so it’s educational,” she said.

Barbershop music will be provided by the Sierra Mountainaire Chorus and lectures by historians will be held at local businesses. Two cemetery tours, with chautauqua presentations of Truckee’s first residents who are now resting in the cemetery, are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.

Situated between the ski season and warm summer weather, Keck said “Windows on history is a great way to showcase Truckee to tourists and locals.

“It not only brings people on a somewhat off weekend to Truckee, but it brings a lot of history buffs,” she said.

“Part of Truckee’s allure and charm is our fascinating history,” said Lynn Saunders, president and CEO of the chamber of commerce. “Truckee is a living reminder of the pioneer spirit that settled the West.”

“Windows on History”

Saturday

11:30 a.m., Guided walking tour, starts at the visitor’s center in the Train Depot

1 p.m., Truckee Cemetery tour

2 p.m., lecture by Author Marc McLaughlin on “Western Train Adventures,” OB’s Pub and Restaurant

3 p.m., lecture by Tom Macaulay, “History of the Ice Industry,” OB’s Pub and Restaurant.

4 p.m., prize drawing at the visitor’s center

Sunday

11:30 a.m., Truckee Cemetery tour

1 p.m., Guiding walking tour, starts at visitor’s center in the Train Depot

2 p.m., lecture by Don Thompson, “Story of John ‘Snowshoe’ Thompson,” The Truckee Hotel

3 p.m. lecture by Greg Palmer, “History of the Emigrant Trails,” The Truckee Hotel

4 p.m. prize drawing at the visitor’s center


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