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For Immediate Release: 5/29/2015

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New Visitor Center Opens at Donner Memorial State Park


Dennis Weber

(916) 651-8724


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new state of the art visitor center at Donner Memorial State Park will open its doors to the public on Saturday, June 6 with a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. The opening ceremony will take place on the 97th anniversary of the original Pioneer Memorial Dedication (1918).

WHAT:          New Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony        

WHEN:          June 6, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:        Donner Memorial State Park

                    12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee

WHO:            Representatives from:

                             •  California State Parks

                             •  Assemblymember Brian Dahle

                              Washoe Tribe Council Members, elders and dignitaries

                             • Donner Party Descendants

                             • Native Sons of the Gold West                      

The new visitor center will replace the existing Emigrant Trail Museum, and will feature a state of the art facility with innovative and engaging programs and exhibits. Donner Memorial State Park is a jewel in California’s state park system. It is recognized worldwide for its historical value. Giving visitors an array of different experiences will help California State Parks instill a strong sense of pride for the wonderful cultural and historical resources that exist at Donner Memorial State Park.

A media preview and tour of the new visitor center is available for the media on Wednesday, June 3. To schedule a preview, please contact Dennis Weber via e-mail or at (916) 651-8724. For detailed information on the new visitor center, please visit the department’s website.


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