Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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North Lake Tahoe Heritage Month

Posted on August 1, 2014
Filed Under Cultural Heritage, North Tahoe Events

Join the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society for a month long celebration of Lake Tahoe’s history featuring demonstrations by members of the Washoe, archeology, and an old time picnic and movie in the park.

Relive Tahoe’s charming past with local historians and guides  in North Lake Tahoe.

Inside the museum you’ll find over 800 Native American Indian baskets, along with other Tahoe memorabilia including books and photography that capture Tahoe’s legacy.

The excitement builds each day with hands-on activities for children, demonstrations and summer home reconstruction by members of the Washoe tribe, archeology activities by the California State Parks, guest lectures, a chartered Around Lake Tahoe Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughin, and an Old Time Tahoe Picnic and Movie in the Park.

Get your duds and bonnets ready for a full week of nostalgia at these fun events, perfect for the entire family:

August 2 and 3, 3014 – Free Admission to Gatekeeper’s Museum

The Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum at the Gatekeeper’s Museum is home to more than 800 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from over 85 tribes nationwide. How appropriate for this Lake Tahoe landmark that sits on the site of a known Washoe Indian campsite.

The museum includes an exquisite basket collection including works from Dat-so-la-lee, Maria Martinez, Maggie Mayo James and other famous Washoe weavers.

Washoe History at Gatekeeper’s Museum

Visit the Museum and William B. Layton Park to learn about local Washoe history through hands-on activities and demonstrations. 11am – 4pm in Layton Park.

History Underground at the Gatekeeper’s Museum

Visit the Museum to learn about the wonderful world of archeology. Archeologists from California State Parks will share fascinating artifacts and provide hands-on activities for kids. Items from the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s collection will also be on display for this special event. 11am – 4pm in Layton Park. A free event for the whole family.

History Tours

Around the Lake…Historic Bus Tour with Mark McLaughlin,

Join local historian Mark McLaughlin for an historic bus tour. Begin at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, where you will find refreshments and continental breakfast, then board a chartered bus for your round-the-lake adventure. Mark will narrate the trip, which includes several stops of historic interest.

Lunch will be held at the Tallac Historic Site in South Lake Tahoe, and will include a catered picnic lunch on the shores of the lake. Meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum at 9:30am. $60 members / $65 nonmembers. Please note: Participants must be prepared to walk up to 3/4 mile of level ground.

Historic Walking Tour of Tahoe City

Walking tours highlight points of historic interest, as well as local tourist destinations. Tours meet at 10am at the Visitor’s Center and will end at the Gatekeeper’s Museum, where all participants receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store and free admission. Tours are free. Donations encouraged. Suggested donation $5/person.

For more information call (530) 583-1762 or visit

The Gatekeeper’s Museum is located lakeside, just south of the “Y” in Tahoe City, next to Fanny Bridge. Layton Park is adjacent to the museum.

The Museum is open daily, except Tuesdays,  10am – 5pm

$5 general
$4 seniors (55 and over)
Museum members and children 12 and under are free.

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