July 27, 2014
Filed Under North Tahoe Events
From the history of speedboats to sea planes and elegant wooden boats, to dive explorations and tales from the Lake in the Sky, the Tahoe Maritime Museum preserves our nautical heritage.
The Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.
Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display.
At the beginning of the 1920s, Lake Tahoe residents were entering into a time of incredible change. The end of WWI and the beginning of prohibition brought out a spirit of rebellion and innovation in people and industries across the nation. The maritime world used this energy to bring about a new period in boating: the era of the speedboat. Highlighted is Florence M II, a 26’ 1926 Stephens Brothers Runabout along with the original 1916 REO Speedwagon, Kerosene Kate, which pulled her up to the lake.
Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe residents faced uncertainty as they sought to make tourism their main industry. The beauty of the lake, easing transportation sources, luxurious accommodation, and invigorating activities combined to make Lake Tahoe a first class destination.
The children’s section lets the kids engage in hands-on activities to better understand maritime history.
Tahoe Maritime Museum
5205 West Lake Blvd. in Homewood
For more info about monthly events and lectures, please call the museum at 530-525-9253 or visit www.TahoeMaritimeMuseum.org.
Located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Maritime Museum’s mission is to stimulate an interest in and an understanding of Lake Tahoe’s rich maritime history through the highest standards of historic preservation, innovative interpretation and public education.