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Sierra Speaker Series: Snowshoe Thompson, Mailman of the Sierra

August 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


The monthly Sierra Speaker Series connects folks to the rich cultural and natural history of the area. Join us on August 20th at Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center to learn and engage! Doors open at 5 pm, and the presentation is to follow at 5:30 pm. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Light refreshments will be available. Parking is free after 5 pm.

Get immersed in history with a living history character! John “Snowshoe” Thompson, carried the mail across the Sierra Nevada mountains over winter snows for 20 years. He would carry his 80lb mailsack over the 180-mile round trip in just 5 days. He handcrafted his own snow skates and would carry nothing more than a jacket, dried meat, and matches. Thompson was a larger-than-life character, saving lives, unwaveringly serving his community, and devoting his life to the betterment of all.

David Woodruff is the author of seven books on Eastern Sierra and Death Valley history. He has been a lecturer, presenter, and tour guide for over 28 years and produces a weekly radio program on Eastern Sierra history. When not out hiking with his wife Gayle or researching new projects, he volunteers at the Carson Pass Information Station at Carson Pass.



August 20
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Sierra State Parks Foundation
(530) 583-9911


Donner Memorial State Park
12593 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161 United States
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