About the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society
Lake Tahoe is internationally known as one of our Nation’s most spectacular areas. Its exciting, rich history both natural (glaciers, volcanoes) and cultural (Washoe people, wagon trains, lumber barons, miners and millionaires) fascinate both residents and visitors. The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society (NLTHS) was founded in 1969 by a group of concerned citizens who were passionate about preserving Tahoe’s history, and telling its stories. The NLTHS mission is to preserve, present and interpret Lake Tahoe history, and the NLTHS does this through its three museums located in Tahoe City
Gatekeeper’s Museum – the log cabin at Fanny Bridge, where highways 89 and 28 meet in Tahoe City. Gatekeeper’s Museum is located on an ancient Washoe campsite. The museum contains an eclectic collection of Tahoe history, including photographic collections, oral histories and transcription, newspapers, court ledgers, maps and written materials, letters, clothing, artifacts and furniture. During the past 34 years, NLTHS has accumulated an incredibly diverse collection of Tahoe memorabilia, including, Native American baskets, historical photographs, oral histories, maps, archival documents, newspapers and artifacts. One of our most extensive collections includes thousands of historical photographs of Lake Tahoe and its inhabitants, dating from the late 1800’s. These photos capture the historical progression of Tahoe history, from its Native inhabitants through the gold rush, westward movement, mining and logging eras and the establishment of the tourism industry of Lake Tahoe.
Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Museum – housed in the Gatekeeper’s Museum. With this museum, there is a collection of over 800 baskets, pottery, clothing, dolls and artifacts from over 85 tribes nationwide.
Watson Cabin – A 1909 log cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest Tahoe City house that still sits where it was originally built, in the middle of Tahoe City overlooking Commons Beach.
Our museums are visited by over 10,000 visitors annually. NLTHS school tour programs serve more than 1,000 school children annually. In addition, NLTHS offers an annual speaker series and educational series, as well as many events in the summer months.