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Andrew Cristancho/Sierra SunArt donated by the owners of Truckee's Carmel Gallery will be auctioned during the Emigrant Experience, a fundraiser Sunday for the Truckee Library.
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Surrounded by the setting of the Donner Party’s misadventure over 170 years ago, art enthusiasts and history buffs will be treated to an Emigrant Experience for a good cause on Sunday.

A benefit to raise money for the Truckee library, the Friends of the Truckee Library event begins at 4 p.m. at the Donner Memorial State Park and features a book signing by well-known regional authors including Mark McLaughlin, Donald Hardesty and Frank Mullen. After a panel discussion of local history moderated by Donner State Park’s Interpretive Specialist Gayle Green, the authors will be available for a book signing.

A chuckwagon-style dinner will be served in the campground following the scholarly presentation, catered by Smokey’s Kitchen. A bluegrass band will play music during the dinner.



At camp, David Fenimore will portray John Sutter and Doris Dwyer will play Margaret Breen of the Donner Party in a “living history” presentation.

Two paintings of the Yuba River and Donner Lake donated by Elizabeth and Olof Carmel of Truckee’s Carmel Gallery will be the subject of bidding in a silent auction.



“Truckee’s been very good to us by allowing us to open our gallery downtown,” Elizabeth Carmel said. “This is way for us to give back to the community.”

Tickets to the Emigrant Experience are still available for $45 and may be purchased at the state park, The Bookshelf in Truckee, the Truckee Library or Truckee Book and Bean.

The Friends of the Truckee library organized the event. Gifts to the Friends of the Truckee Library are tax-deductible.

The Friends sponsor cultural community events such as poetry readings, publishing workshops, year-round book sales, best-selling books and “Truckee Reads,” a weekend reading project of book discussions and programs. The Friends promote and support the library’s offerings for children such as the winter and summer reading programs.

For more information, call 582-0515 or 582-7846.


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