Truckee-Donner Historical Society was founded July 24, 1968 to preserve the history of the Truckee - Donner area. Besides maintaining the historic Joseph Research Cabin (the Gateway Cabin), the Society is also responsible for operating the Old Jail Museum which was built in 1875. The Society maintains the Community Memorial Garden including the Memorial Arch behind the Old Jail Museum, the Donner Cross, and Schaffer Cemetery.
We participate in several events during the course of the year, including the Old Timers Picnic. Our research historians write articles on Truckee's history and the surrounding areas and document oral histories. We have several books on local Truckee history for sale on our publications page and we also have photos of the Truckee - Donner area which can be purchased. Please find a sampling of our numerous historic prints on our website.