Sierra Speaker Series

Brought to you by California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation, the Sierra Speaker Series shares and connects the rich cultural and natural history of the area to the community. Please donate to Sierra State Parks Foundation today to support the interpretation, restoration, and preservation of the parks system in the Lake Tahoe-Donner area. Your tax-deductible donation will be kept locally and applied to priority projects. 

Doors open at 5 pm, at the Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center; the presentation to follow at 5:30 pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Light refreshments will be available, and wine available for a suggested donation of $5. Parking is free after 5 pm.

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Upcoming Sierra Speaker Series Presentation

Forlorn Hope Reprise with Bob Crowley and Tim Twietmeyer

October 23 at 5:00-6:30pm

The story of the Donner Party’s Forlorn Hope is a story of heroism in the face of extreme hardship and in the face of horrible choices. In 2020 four extreme athletes, captivated by the original journey in 1846, repeated the winter trek. Bob Crowley and Tim Twietmeyer will talk about the original journey and their reprise with pictures.