Marguerite Sprague
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August 13, 2012
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Storm King Mark McLaughlin to reign at Gatekeeper's Museum

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Storm King, Mark McLaughlin, has ascended the throne at Tahoe City’s Gatekeeper's Museum and will reign for the rest of the month of August!

This Thursday, Aug. 16, McLaughlin is the featured speaker in the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s Third Thursday series. In his talk, “Weather Thou Goest: Sierra Weather Facts and Fancy,” McLaughlin will describe local weather both historically and in terms of climate change. Sierra Nevada weather historically has high drama. Climate change is impacting this region, as the entire planet. But how is it impacting? How does today’s weather compare to the past? What is “normal?” He has a few surprising facts for us on all counts!

The Gatekeeper’s doors open at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar, the talk begins at 6:30 p.m. This event is free for NLTHS members and a suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Anyone can join the NLTHS at any time, just call 530-583-1762 for more information.

McLaughlin returns Friday, Aug. 24, to guide the museum’s third annual Historic Bus Tour. This year, McLaughlin takes the tour down Lake Tahoe’s fabled West Shore. This area’s history — both natural and cultural — is remarkably rich. Tour guide McLaughlin will keep everyone enthralled on the meander, stopping at times to let the landscape “paint the picture” of events that took place there. From landscape-altering landslides, to epic mansions and resorts, the tales are high drama and exciting. Planned stops include Emerald Bay, Taylor Creek and South Lake Tahoe Museum. Although there is a small amount of walking at some stops, the tour can accommodate those who do not wish to walk.

Tourists will meet at the Gatekeeper’s Museum for a 9 a.m. departure; the tour will return at 2:30 p.m. A tasty boxed lunch is included in the ticket price of $60 for NLTHS members; $70 for non-members. Reservations are required. Interested parties are encouraged to call: There are fewer than six places left.

For more information, visit or call 530-583-1762.

The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society operates two museums in Tahoe City: Watson Cabin Museum and the Gatekeeper’s Museum, featuring the Marion Steinbach Indian Basket Collection showcasing more than 800 baskets from 85 tribes west of the Mississippi River.

September speaker

On Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., the Gatekeeper’s Museum Third Thursday summer speaker series goes out with a bang when “Breaks, Brains and Balls,” author David Toll discusses the life and adventures of Mustang Ranch founder Joe Conforte. In Conforte’s own words, he went from being, “a street-smart kid in New York City to owning the Mustang Ranch east of Reno, putting millions into a Swiss bank account and thumbing my nose at the IRS all the way.” Toll, Conforte’s biographer, will spill details of the infamous Ranch and the equally infamous Nevada businessman who started it all. Copies of Toll’s book will be sold at the event and the author will be signing.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 13, 2012 07:41PM Published Aug 13, 2012 07:27PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.