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May 1, 2022                                            
President’s Message

May 2022
President’s Message
Truckee-Donner Historical Society

Dear Members,

Spring has sprung and we’re going gang busters again here at the historical society, with a new series called “An Evening at the Museum” where we have planned speaker programs. Venturing into the museum first is one of our own, Heidi Sproat on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 5 PM when she talks about “Truckee in WWII: Scrap Metal, Shortages, Sacrifice, and more...”. To sign up for the program which is limited to 20 people, please email us at or call or text us at (530) 582-0893. (see box below)

Chaun’s two Jibboom! Jibboom! programs were well attended last month, and people want more so we’re doing what we can.  If any of our members or friends of members would like to speak at one of the Evening at the Museum events, please do get in touch. Remember, our phone number is now answered everyday of the week.

McGlashan’s Butterflies and the Historical Society officially invite you to witness the unveiling of our newest historical resource plaque in Truckee, NEV20-05 on Saturday, July 9, at 10 AM at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District located at 10981 Truckee Way.

I heard in a town council meeting that a project is being considered for large 10’ way-signs for HISTORIC TRUCKEE  - brought back to life by the Rotary Club of Truckee after 20 years. This is a huge bonus for history lovers and the society.

A number of wonderful donations have come in since we last updated our members. First, we have a beautiful women’s side-saddle from the Civil War that is now on display in the 2nd floor of the Old Jail Museum. We also received a 1948 bell when the 20-30 Club of Reno presented it to the newly formed Truckee 20-30 Club. This bell has a beautiful long resonance to it.  Stop into our new Museum of Truckee History to ring it for yourself. Along with the bell came a large set of 18” ice tongs from Boca, and a nice pair of snowshoes that have hiked all over these hills around Truckee. We have also displayed a set of donated Log Dog Hooks from the John McManus collection over the log, in the Logging & Lumber display at the Museum of Truckee History.

Anyone care to walk along, or ride in the Old Regulator Jail trailer during the 4th of July Parade?

Or join us at the Truckee Airshow where we’ll have the Old Regulator Jail parked next to our booth full of interesting history to share with the Airshow public.

Our Sierra Sun digital Scanning project is coming along but without more volunteers to step up we will only be able to get about half ready for scanning by June.

We also have a great Google calendar that I’ve been adding requests for tours that we could really use some help with. Some of the tours are three classes of 25 kids which need to be broken into 6 tours, so if you could volunteer some time to help, it would be most appreciated. Just shoot us an email,, as ask for access to the Google calendar to see there are any dates you can help out with.

Did I mention that we’re also looking for Board members, a Recording Secretary, a Membership Chair and help!

Greg Zirbel
President Truckee-Donner Historical Society
Please join us for
The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District is sponsoring a free weekly Meet & Greet social program to connect with like-minded people to learn from guest speakers, explore new local activities and get involved in new groups for seniors and retirees. The program started on April 7, 2022 and this coming May 26, 2022, our own Truckee-Donner Historical Society will be showcased.  The program runs just an hour, from
9:30 - 10:30 am, and is held in the Community Recreation Center, 10981 Truckee Way.  Please consider joining us for this fun and free event!
  An Evening at the Museum 
An Evening at the Museum * …
Truckee in WWII: Scrap Metal, Shortages, Sacrifice, and more…

Join us on Wednesday, June 15 from 5 - 6 pm for the first in our series An Evening at the Museum. Heidi Sproat is a Truckee-Donner Historical Society member and volunteer researcher, TDHS Webmaster and online Image Collection Administrator.  With assistance from fellow colleagues at the Historical Society, she will present newspaper articles in the early war years which lend a glimpse into what it was like to live in Truckee in the early 1940s.  Join us for this free program as we explore this chapter of this rural mountain community just after the start of World War II, and how Truckee responded to those turbulent times.
Program limited to 20 people. Please email us at or call or text us at
(530) 582-0893. Donations  strongly encouraged to keep our Museum of Truckee History OPEN~! 

In Search Of

TDHS is in search of older Sierra Sun and Truckee Republican (SSTR) issues.  In our March 1, 2022 TDHS email blast, we told you about TDHS's mammoth task of locating and preparing the Sierra Sun and Truckee Republican issues for a huge digitizing effort.  In cooperation with a California Library Initiative, specifically California Revealed, we are painstakingly (and time-consuming!) reviewing each of the 100+ VOLUMES of bound SSTR's that we have. 
Sadly, we are missing many years.* If you have any of the bound SSTR volumes that look something like this,

PLEASE we beg you to return them to TDHS immediately.  No questions asked.  We have to complete this task by the beginning of June in order to get these SSTR volumes digitized and available online AND best of all, the content will be full text searchable.  These SSTR volumes are the ONLY resource available to us to complete this monumental project.  
Additionally, if you have article(s) from any of the following years, we would greatly appreciate receiving a copy.  If you have any questions about this effort, please contact us at
* Missing years:
1934 - 1935, 1945, 1947 - 1958, 1962 - 1965,
1970 - 1981, 1987 - 1990, and 1999.
Summer Calendar Activities
The Museum of Truckee History is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 10 am to 4 pm, depending on docent availability.
For teasers, Truckee Thursdays return starting
June 23 - August 11, 2022. 
"An Evening at the Museum" (Museum of Truckee History) program June 15, limit 20 people. Truckee in WWII: Scrap Metal, Shortages, Sacrifice and more ... To attend, send an email to, or call or text 530.582.0893.
(BIG BOY July visit POSTPONED indefinitely).
Saturday, July 9 we recognize the McGlashan Butterfly Collection plaque dedication at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, 10 am. 
The next Saturday, July 16 is the Old Timers Picnic at Truckee River Regional Park,10 am - 3 pm. 
The following Saturday, July 23 is the Truckee Tahoe Airshow, 9 am - 4 pm.
The Truckee River Railroad will be running again. 
Check the Truckee-Donner Railroad Society facebook page for the schedule. Tentatively, subject to weather and volunteer availability: 11 am - 2 pm, May 28, June 11,
July 2, 16, 30, August 13, 27,
September 10, 24, October 8, 2022.

The Joseph Research Library is open again most Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm. Call first.
We Need Your Help!
Truckee-Donner Historical Society would like to thank each of you, our members, who help keep Truckee History Alive!  Coming out of this bizarre COVID mess, your TDHS Board and core group of volunteers want to thank you for your continued support of our mission.  We are continually searching for and open to find meaningful ways to improve our organization's service to our members and our community, so we always encourage you to bring forth your ideas, suggestions, and volunteer talents.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3), do keep in mind that we are wholly dependent on YOUR membership for our support.  We do NOT receive any federal, state, nor local funding of any kind to support our efforts to maintain our Old Jail Museum, our Joseph Research Cabin, and most recently, our wonderful Museum of Truckee History (MoTH).  We are entirely dependent on donations and volunteer docents to keep us in business and open to the public. Please consider assisting us in whatever capacity you are able.  We are dedicated to continue to have a meaningful impact on the research services we provide to our members and to those interested in our history.  We cannot do this without your continued support!  As "stewards" of our varied historical collections, we need YOU to be as invested in our continuing desire for preservation as we are.
In gratitude, we remain
Your Truckee-Donner Historical Society volunteers
Cabin Maintenance Assistance !!!!
Members and community members:  We are hoping to get our Truckee-Donner Historical Society Joseph Research Library Cabin ready to execute some serious deferred maintenance because of the ever-increasing dangers of high winter thaw and flooding of our cabin.  We have had some challenging weather and equipment issues of late which are now repeatedly threatening our Cabin which houses Truckee’s largest collection of historical photos, maps, books, articles and clippings available and open to the public.
Please contact us if you are interested in assisting us in this most important work by emailing .
Museum of Truckee History 
Museum of Truckee History (MoTH) IS OPEN!!!  Depending on docent coverage, MoTH should be open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 10 to 4 pm. 
Please volunteer if you are able to assist us in this most
important volunteer position.
Image Collection Update
Due to the time intensive and time sensitive Sierra Sun digitizing project, we have not added any additional images to our online collection.  We hope to resume this effort in early Fall.
New Website Articles
Just in case you haven't had a chance to catch up on the latest articles posted to our website in the last month, here is a link to all the articles we have posted in the last 3 months.  The latest one is a Then ... and Now comparative photos of California Zephyr trains passing through Truckee -
50 YEARS apart!
And if you missed Chaun Mortier's program on Jibboom! Jibboom! at either Tahoe Donner or the Truckee Library, here is a link to the slideshow that accompanied her program. Courtesy of Greg Zirbel. Or recollections from a former resident who grew up here in the 1960s.  His recollections include both PRE 1960 Olympics, and post.  
Do take some time to view these intriguing articles.
Reference Library Index Updated
We are pleased to report that our Master
TDHS Reference Book List Index is updated as of April 24, 2022.
Monthly Donation Option
Remember YOUR membership keeps the work of the Truckee-Donner Historical Society going strong. 
* All membership renewals have shifted to July only
We appreciate the faithful support of our historical society members and of visitors to our website. We are offering an additional way for you to support the work of the society through monthly patronage, at an amount that fits your budget. Annual memberships are not going away!
​You can be a member with an annual payment of dues or with an automatic electronic donation to the society.
We receive no funding (nada! zilch!) from federal, state, or local government, and are wholly supported by an all volunteer group of dedicated individuals who have a passion to
Keep Truckee History Alive! 
We depend entirely on your support and generosity. 
Please visit our homepage link to take advantage of this opportunity: donations; membership.
Join Us! Become a TDHS Member!!!

If you are not yet a member, and appreciate what our organization does for the community, please join us. We depend on the essential support of our members to continue with our mission of making local history come to life through our  website, image collection, and articles.
Many members have also found that getting involved is lots of fun, educational, and very rewarding.

Please visit the Membership page of our website for more information.

Please contact us at with any questions or contact updates.
Membership Renewals
Because of the continuing issues with COVID-19 and lack of a membership chair, members due for renewal will NOT receive a renewal notice by email in advance of their annual renewal date.  (We are still trying to find a Membership Chair.)  A prompt response for membership renewal is very much appreciated. Reminders will be sent as needed but require additional processing costs.

We will continue to email a link to our most recent eNews to the email address that we have on file for our members, and will send the renewal mailings to the same email address. We no longer send out 'snail mail' renewal notices as our donation funding stream is too sporadic. 
To avoid problems, members should make sure to inform us of any email address changes.

If you receive a renewal notice but have already recently renewed, you do not need to take further action, unless you need to provide us with updated contact information.

Please contact us at with any questions
or contact updates.
Support the Society with Amazon
The Amazon Smile program allows Amazon customers to designate a registered charity to receive a small percentage (0.5%) of qualifying purchases, at no additional cost to the customer. This is a great way to support our Truckee-Donner Historical Society, and we encourage you to use the link below to set up Truckee-Donner Historical Society as your Amazon Smile beneficiary.

Make sure to use the Amazon Smile entry page ( when you shop at Amazon to ensure that the Truckee-Donner Historical Society receives the benefit. Clicking on the Amazon Smile logo here, or on our Home page will always take you there.
HCS 5/1/2022
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