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 EventsFriday May 10, 2019Help celebrate the Railroad's 150th between Donner Summit and Truckee area. Join us for a kickoff celebration and reception. ...read moreFriday May 10, 2019Come celebrate the Railroad's 150th Birthday between Donner Summit and Truckee area.Truckee Public Arts Commission (TPAC) Spring art show will be celebrating the Transcontinental Railroad and all things railroad! ...read moreSaturday May 11, 2019Come hear about the importance of the Transcontinental Railroad going through Donner Pass to the development of Truckee and surrounding areas. ...read moreSaturday May 18, 2019Come to see historical photos and listen to the stories of Norm Saylor as he takes you back to a time when Old Highway 40 was the primary route through Donner Summit and Truckee. ...read more