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2024 Events Schedule

All events, except where noted, are free for youth 16 and younger. Please bring your own seating, and arrive no earlier than one hour before showtime. No pets allowed at events—certified service animals only. Both member and general public tickets will be available at each ticketed event. Advanced ticket purchase is not available to the general public, but members of the non-profit Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch can contact the park for more information. Members receive ticketing discounts and other perks. Click on the Support option in the menu above for more information about membership and a donation portal.


Chautauqua programs are funded in part by a grant from
Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Evenings, 6:30-7:30 pm “Follow Us on an Adventure!”
June 5: Bowen Lee portrays Junko Tabei — The first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
July 10: Kim Harris portrays Violet Jessop — Survivor of the sinkings of both the Titanic and Britannic ocean liners.
July 24: Leslie Goddard portrays Amelia Earhart — First female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
August 7: Steve Hale portrays Major General John C. Frémont — Pathfinder and discoverer of Lake Tahoe.
August 14: Dorothea Phelan portrays Mary-Louise Mackay — Wife of American industrialist and Comstock Bonanza Lode discoverer John Mackay, and wealthiest woman in Paris society.
August 21: Doug Mishler portrays Sir Ernest Shackleton — Legendary explorer who led a daring expedition to the Antarctic continent in 1914.
Mornings, 10:00-11:00 am
Free for everyone.
June 7: David Woodruff portrays Elias J. “Lucky” Baldwin — Businessman and Comstock millionaire.
June 14: Douglas County Historical Society’s Young Chautauquans portray an array of historical characters.
June 21: Kim Harris portrays Laura D. Fair — Owner of Virginia City’s Tahoe House and convicted murderess.
July 12: Cora Johnson portrays Hannah Clapp — A teacher, activist, and feminist in Nevada.
August 9: Anita Watson portrays Agnes Train Janssen — First curator of the Nevada State Museum.
August 16: Ross Mortensen portrays Jack Davis — Honest Comstock miner turned stage and train robber.
September 6: DebiLynn Smith portrays Eliza Buckland — A founder of Buckland Station, a Pony Express stop near Fort Churchill, Nevada.
September 13: Kim Harris portrays Margaret Ferris Dangberg — Wife of Carson Valley rancher and politician Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg.
Chautauqua Workshop
$50/person (any age); includes tickets to all Chautauqua events; please register in advance.
July 25, 10:00-11:30 am: Award-winning actress and scholar Leslie Goddard has been presenting history programs for more than fifteen years. Ms. Goddard will present a workshop designed to help Chautauquans and re-enactors add animation and personality to their characters, helping bring them alive and make them memorable.


Evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm, $20.

June 20: The Sierra Sweethearts play an exciting blend of bluegrass spiced with humor.
June 27: Old West Trio plays songs of the cowboy: three voices, two guitars, and a stand-up bass bring Western harmonies and plenty of fun.
July 18: Jakota Wass, Carson Valley musician, brings his own brand of country western music.
August 22: Moxy Ruckus features Monique Haviland performing a Big Hair Eighties Review.

Speakers and Authors

Mornings, 10:00-11:00 am, free for everyone.

June 15: Mark McLaughlin presents “The Life & Times of Charles F. McGlashan: Truckee’s Renaissance Man.”
June 22: Gregory Crouch will speak on his book, The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West.
June 29: Michael Archer, Guy Farmer, and Michael Fischer discuss “Frank Sinatra: Sinner or Saint?”
July 13: David and Gayle Woodruff will speak on “Going for the Gold: The 1960 Winter Olympics.”
July 20: Robert Max will speak on his Lake Tahoe based fictional murder mystery novels No Forced Entry and When It’s Personal.
July 27: Bob Stewart will present “The Back Stories of Mark Twain’s Friends.”
August 3: Michael Fischer will speak on “Fact or Fiction?  America’s Most Famous Stagecoach Ride Ever and the Deep Involvement of 1850’s Douglas County.”
August 10: Tami Force will speak on “Nevada Ghost Towns.”
August 17: Donna Inversin will speak on “The Historic Virginia and Truckee Trail.”
August 24: Glen Whorton, of the Nevada State Historic Prison Preservation Society, will speak on “The Great and Not So Great Escapes.”
August 31: Karen Dustman will speak on volume three of her series, Forgotten Tales of Carson Valley and Nearby Settlements.

Festival Sponsors
Douglas County
Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation
Carson Valley Health   ~   Cora J.
Edward Jones Investments – Tim Cleveland
Holiday Inn Express and Suites   ~   Horse Tales
TruNorth Wealth Management   ~   Warren Reed Insurance

Central Sierra Construction   ~   Christensen Automotive of Gardnerville
Douglas Disposal & Recycling Service   ~   Hone Company
Snowshoe Thompson Chapter 1827 E Clampus Vitus