Friday, July 24, 2009

Lake Tahoe's Gilded Age

I'm off to Lake Tahoe today for what has become an annual event: Living History Day at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Every year dozens of volunteers dress up in costume (from the days of the trappers to the Jazz Age) and wander around Isaias Hellman's historic summer home on the edge of the lake. The volunteers try to bring to life the various eras of Lake Tahoe, with talks from Washoe Indian elders to tours of the home.

I do a talk about Isaias Hellman and his contribution to the development of California. This year I speak at noon in the gazebo.

An added bonus this year is the appearance of Warren Hellman and his band, The Wronglers. They play at 11, 1, and 3 pm.

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