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Thunderbird Lodge presentation at next Historical Society meeting

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A special treat is in store for people who have not toured George Whittell’s Thunderbird Lodge, when Bill Watson makes a presentation at the Lake Tahoe Historical Society’s Oct. 24 meeting. The public is welcome.

Watson will provide a PowerPoint program expanding on San Francisco’s bon vivant millionaire Capt. Whittell’s public legacy at 7 p.m. in the Historic Camp Richardson main lodge.

The Thunderbird Lodge and boat remain Whittell’s most visible monuments — sentinels of America’s guilded age. Whittell’s audacious life was as unpredictable as is today’s effort to save his “Castle in the Sky” from closure and demolition. Watson, manger of curator of the lodge, will share the story and challenges facing the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society in its endeavor to preserve Nevada’s only house museum in the National Register Historic District.

Light refreshments and coffee will be provided.


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