This place matters " Truckee |

This place matters " Truckee

Photo courtesy Truckee Donner Historical SocietyThe lower story of Truckee's Jail was built in 1875 and the upper story in 1901. More security and steel cages were added by the time this photo was taken, about 1908. It is now the Old Jail Museum, containing displays of Truckee's history.

Citizens in Truckee, Calif. will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. The Truckee Donner Historical Society and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are sponsoring “This Place Matters!”

Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities. Due to its popularity in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the month of May and declared it Preservation Month.

Here in Truckee, Preservation Month 2009 will be observed by the Truckee Donner Historical Society with a new web page on the Truckee Donner Historical Society Web site, Truckee’s elementary children answered questions such as “Why does Truckee history matter?” “Why Truckee history matters to you?” “Why it is important to learn about Truckee history?” “Why this place matters?” These responses are published on the new page.

Additional comments and photos are welcome and can be added. Contact Billie Cornell at

Learn more about National Preservation Month at

Docent Training at the Old Jail Museum on Saturday May 9, 2009 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., recognizing that the Old Jail Museum is a ‘Place That Matters’ to the Town of Truckee and the community-at-large. All interested parties are welcome to attend and training is free. It requires many volunteer docents to keep the Old Jail Museum open during the summer for public and private tours. The Old Jail Museum is located near the corner of Jibboom and Spring Streets in historic downtown Truckee.

Contact Chelsea Walterscheid to sign up or to obtain more information about volunteering as an Old Jail Museum docent at (530) 305-4231 or e-mail

Old Jail Museum will be open Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 and 24, from 11 to 4 p.m. for public tours. Contact the Truckee Donner Historical Society for more information at or call 582-0893.

The TRUCKEE DONNER HISTORICAL SOCIETY is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is dedicated to the discovery, procurement, and preservation whatever may relate to the aboriginal, natural, civil, literary and ecclesiastical history of the Town of Truckee and surrounding area.

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