This place is a treasure trove of Tahoe’s cultural heritage.
In addition to the largest collection of Washoe Indian baskets in the west, the Gatekeeper’s and Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum Store carries several historical books written by local authors.
“Postcards of Lake Tahoe”, written by Sara Larson from the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, is a compilation of vintage-photograph postcards that explore our past from the early days of Washoe settlements, to logging camps, to the extravagant resorts that dotted the shoreline.
“Tahoe Tales of Bygone Days and Memorable Pioneers,” by Don Lane, USFS recreation supervisor at the LTBMU, is a compilation of Lane’s long running radio broadcasts which aired in the South Shore starting in the mid-1980s. Tahoe Tales includes 200 short stories selected by Lane from more than 2,000 radio broadcasts he voluntarily researched and wrote.
As a USFS ranger, Don knows every inch of Tahoe’s wilderness and back country that helps him set the stage for his fascinating tales.
Whether you hear Don on the radio or read his historical accounts (he calls them tales although they are based on fact), Don’s vivid writing style ignites your imagination and lets you feel the intensity of the heroic episodes of Tahoe’s early pioneers and interesting characters.
Come to think of it…Don deserves his own tale since he definitely fits the bill.
Lane has lived in a Forest Service cabin at Nevada Beach for more than 30 years. While Don self-published his book, he is not concerned with making money. Instead, he wants to preserve all of the research he has done, and above all, share it with everyone.
Gatekeeper’s Museum Store:
In addition to featuring books about Tahoe’s cultural heritage, the store also promotes local artists, other books written by local authors, and Washoe basketry. The store carries items related to their exhibits like Native American books, jewelry and baskets. All of the proceeds from the Museum Store go directly to support the museum.
Gatekeeper’s Museum / Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum
Hours of Operation:
– May 1 – June 15: Wed – Sun 11am-5pm
– June 16 – Aug 31: Open Daily 11am – 5pm
– Sep 1 – Sep 30: Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm
– October – April: Weekends 11am – 3pm
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