Truckee Donner Historical Society & Museum
- Non Profits: Arts, Culture, History
- Chamber Member
- Historical Sites, Museums
- Organizations (theater, dance, advocacy, non-profits)
Truckee-Donner Historical Society was founded July 24, 1968 to preserve the history of the Truckee - Donner area. Besides maintaining the historic Joseph Research Cabin (the Gateway Cabin), the Society is also responsible for operating the Old Jail Museum which was built in 1875. The Society maintains the Community Memorial Garden including the Memorial Arch behind the Old Jail Museum, the Donner Cross, and Schaffer Cemetery.
We participate in several events during the course of the year, including the Old Timers Picnic. Our research historians write articles on Truckee's history and the surrounding areas and document oral histories. We have several books on local Truckee history for sale on our publications page and we also have photos of the Truckee - Donner area which can be purchased. Please find a sampling of our numerous historic prints on our website.
Member EventsSaturday Jun 1, 2019Join us for “The Firsts.” Speaker Bill Oudegeest of Donner Summit Historical Society tells of the crossings over the pass on bike, motorcycle and automobile. ...read moreSaturday Jun 8, 2019Come to Clair Tappaan Lodge for a presentation of Tunnel 6, otherwise known as the Chinese Tunnel. Bill Oudegeest of the Donner Summit Historical Society ...read moreMonday Jun 10, 2019Mountain Minds Mondays hosts this discussion about the transcontinental railroad. ...read moreSaturday Jun 15, 2019Join us for an interpretive walk discussing Boca Townsite with speaker Nelson Van Gundy of the Truckee Donner Railroad Society. The talk will revolve around the historical data not only on the town but the Ice Industry and the Railroad both Standard Gauge and Narrow Gauge from the Logging Industry. ...read moreSaturday Jun 15, 2019Join us for a historical talk about Boca Brewery, Dave Burkhart of Anchor Brewing Company will speak about the history of the Boca Brewery. ...read moreSaturday Jun 22, 2019Please join us for a presentation about the Chinese and their importance to the railroad. Bill George will speak about the contributions and sacrifices. ...read moreSaturday Jun 29, 2019Bill Oudegeest of the Donner Summit Historical Society shares a wealth of information about one of our most visible features along the ridge of Donner Lake. ...read moreSaturday Jul 13, 2019Join us at the Airshow! Come see our 150 Year Truckee Railroad Celebration booth and enjoy old pictures of Truckee and the surrounding area, ...read moreThursday Jul 18, 2019Join us for this great event that benefits nonprofits in our community. ...read moreSaturday Jul 20, 2019Come join us for a great day of conversation, memories, and reunions! Sponsored by the Truckee Donner Historical Society. ...read moreSaturday Jul 20, 2019The Lincoln Highway Association will lead a discussion of the progression of transportation from the Railroad to the Lincoln Highway. ...read more