As part of the Shared History Project’s changing topics and exhibits, in the spring of 2015 SHP staff and students researched and created a new project.  The Tahoe Recreation Experience explores the local history of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding area. This ongoing project has the Shared History Program and students of the Public History course working with the Tahoe Maritime Museum to share and preserve histories of life at Lake Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe is an integral part of Northern Nevada and Northern California’s culture, economy, environment, and society.  It is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and it attracts millions of visitors each year, helping to stimulate the local economy and add to the rich cultural fabric that makes up our area.  The Tahoe Basin is also an extremely important source of Native American culture and history.  In this project, we provide a brief historical overview of Lake Tahoe in our Background Page.

Tahoe is also home to an abundant and diverse culture of recreation and fun; this is the main focus of our project.  Most of our oral histories are gathered from a few of the countless people in the area who have experienced the numerous opportunities for sport, family, and outdoor activities that Tahoe has to offer.  We also address specific challenges associated with the rising number of people who want to have Tahoe in their backyard, and it is important to explore these issues and support the many organizations working to remedy them.  On this site, you will find that the Shared History Program and Public History students at UNR explore life and the rich, associated histories around our iconic lake, with special emphasis on environmental issues and recreation.

Students working on the project have also had the opportunity to work with Christine Johnson, Ph.D., curator of museum artifacts at the Nevada Historical Society, to create an exhibit using historical artifacts and bits of written history surrounding the lake.  The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Mack Social Sciences Building, next to the Shared History Office, and will be available for viewing by the public until May 2016.

The Shared History Program at the University of Nevada-Reno is committed to providing history students with opportunity for hands-on research and preservation of local histories, and we strive to continue providing our students with these invaluable experiences.  Keep looking for updates about this project as we continue our work on it and add to this site.