From Mark Twain and Frank Sinatra to teamsters and tourism, the history of Lake Tahoe recorded in a new book by Michael J. Makley brings the region’s many dimensions to life. The local author will speak from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City. He will sign copies of his book, “A Short History of Lake Tahoe,” at 7:30 p.m.
Makley, who also co-wrote “Cave Rock: Climbers, Courts, and a Washoe Sacred Place” with his son, Matthew Makley, will discuss the geology and natural history of Lake Tahoe. Mackey’s lecture will illuminate the challenges of protecting natural beauty in a fragile environment while preserving public access and a viable economy in the surrounding communities. He also follows the history of the conflict between American Indians and recreationists, and examines the legal and administrative actions that ultimately resulted in a climbing ban at Cave Rock. .
The program is free for museum members and for youth age 17 and younger. Regular adult admission is $8 and includes the lecture. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson, 775-687-4810 ext. 237 or visit www.nevadaculture.org. The museum is at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City. Both books are published by the University of Nevada Press and are for sale through the Nevada State Museum Store.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.