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Tahoe Maritime Museum | Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze andamp; Business

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HOMEWOOD, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) presents their newest exhibit, Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze andamp; Business. Opening Memorial Day weekend, this exhibit showcases not only the boats of the 1920s, but also clothing, cars, and much more. There is something for everyone in this exhibit that explores the deeper impact boating, Prohibition, and business had on the Lake Tahoe area during the 1920s. Three very unique boats will be featured in the exhibit along with a 1917 REO car named Kerosene Kate. In 1927, Kate pulled the boat Florence M II from the Central Valley to Lake Tahoe. This journey took about four days and demanded that Kate pull Florence on a trailer with no brakes over windy, dirt roads. Once at the lake, the Morse family then pushed the boat over the sandy beach and into the waters of Lake Tahoe. The combination of Kerosene Kate and Florence M II stand as a true testament of the boating spirit of the lake.Miss Lakeside will also be making her museum debut this summer. A 1925 Sea Sled, Miss Lakeside exudes the spirit of creativity of the andamp;#8217;20s. A favorite of east coast rumrunners, Sea Sledandamp;#8217;s inverted V-hull lets the boat glide over the water at amazing speeds. Unfortunately, this design never really caught on and very few Sea Sleds tour the waters any more. Marguerita was owned by the Sierra Boat Company manager Dick Clarke. A true lover of wooden boats, Clarke brought this 1924 Fay andamp; Bowen boat to Tahoe in 1974. Her sleek hull is meant to cut through the water, and stands in stark contrast to Miss Lakesideandamp;#8217;s broad stature.Along with these vessels, the TMM will also showcase other artifacts that tell the amazing history of Lake Tahoe in the 1920s. As witnessed by the passing of the 18th Amendment, banning the sale of alcohol, and the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, this decade was one of radical change throughout the country. The TMM is very excited to explore how Tahoe residents dealt with the changes and innovations of this amazing time with museum visitors. The exhibit opens to the public on May 27, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. After which the museum returns to its summer schedule of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day except Wednesday.About the Tahoe Maritime Museum The mission of the Tahoe Maritime Museum is to stimulate an interest in and an understanding of Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history through the highest standards of historic preservation, innovative interpretation and public education. The museum is open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend and closed on Wednesdays. Please visit http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org for further information on exhibits and events.


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