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Over the past two centuries, North Lake Tahoe has gone through several transformations, housed generations of pioneers and western-bound settlers, and served as the hosting site for international events such as the 1960 Winter Olympics. History peeks out from behind every alder tree and hides in every snowdrift. Sunken ships at the bottom of Emerald Bay tell the stories of 20th century entrepreneurs and architects. Statues cast sentimental light on ordinary trees while nature walks point out cabins of struggling homesteaders. And with artwork, plaques and museums explain it all. It only takes a curious mind to discover why North Lake Tahoe is without doubt one of the nation’s foremost historic areas.

North Lake Tahoe displays its prominent American history through several sites, museums and tours located across all 180 degrees of the North Shore.

Meet the local artists, individuals, business and events that define our unique mountain culture and embody Tahoe's creative and entrepreneurial spirit at Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture.

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Many of Truckee’s current establishments have a solid place in Tahoe history. Read more at the Truckee-Donner Historical Society website.



The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society was founded in 1969 to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the area. Check out their website for a complete overview of our cultural history and options to explore it.


Attend a dinner cruise, take place in a fundraiser, or donate to the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society through another one of their upcoming events.