Truckee Donner Historical Society
In 1968 a small but determined group of descendants, Truckee’s Old Timers’ and educators signed up to be the first members of Truckee’s Historical Society. It was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization July 24, 1968.
The Old Jail built in 1875 and abandoned in 1964, was restored in 1974 and deeded to the Society by Nevada County in 1993. The Old Jail is located near the intersection of Jibboom and Spring Streets in Truckee’s Downtown Historic District. During the summer months the Old Jail and Museum is staffed by volunteer docents for public tours and may be booked for private tours upon request.
In 1991 the Society raised money to move and restore two of the historic Gateway Cabins built in the ‘30s. They were moved to Meadow Park located on Donner Trail Road. One cabin is in use by the Parks and Recreation District and the other cabin is used as the Society’s Office and Research Library, where monthly board meetings and other events are held.
In 2000, the Society raised money to build a Community Memorial Garden located on the hillside behind the Old Jail and Museum. The Community Memorial Garden was designed to honor all those who have called Truckee their home, as well as early day pioneers, who have aided the community in its development. Plaques to honor individuals are located in the garden and are available for purchase through the Society.
The Society hosts an annual Old Timers’ Picnic and Truckee Family Reunion, and school tour program of the Old Jail for all Truckee 3rd grade classes each year. In addition, TDHS offers educational presentation events, and holds fundraising events such as the Ice Cream Social and Christmas at the (Gateway) Cabin.
TDHS has accumulated an incredibly diverse collection of Truckee memorabilia displayed in the Old Jail, including Native American baskets, equipment from the ice mining and logging eras, historical photographs, and a library of books for sale relevant to Truckee history. The archival project to restore, save and catalog our collection of historic photographs is ongoing, with copies available to order, in various sizes, through the Society. Please help us today in our pursuit to preserve the history of Truckee.
Please join our free Mailing List to receive our monthly E-News service and learn more about the Society by visiting our website at: www.truckeehistory.org .
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Donations from this program will be used to further Our Mission which is to discover, procure, and preserve whatever may relate to the aboriginal, natural, civic, literary, and ecclesiastical history of Truckee.