(InEDC) BY Cris Alarcon Published: September 15, 2023
George and Elia Whittell, Lake Tahoe’s eccentric couple, will be the subject of a Chautauqua performance at Valhalla Tahoe on September 20 at 7:30pm. The performance, titled “The Inadvertent Conservationist,” will highlight the couple’s unique lifestyle and their contributions to Lake Tahoe’s conservation efforts.
During the 1930s through the 1950s, the Whittells were known as one of the wealthiest families in the United States. They were known for their extravagant lifestyle, which included keeping an African Lion as a pet and sailing on one of the most luxurious pleasure crafts ever built on Lake Tahoe. They also built a stunning estate just south of Sand Harbor.
In addition to their lavish lifestyle, the Whittells were avid gamblers, frequently playing high stakes poker with famous individuals such as Howard Hughes and Ty Cobb. However, their most significant contribution came unintentionally when they inadvertently conserved a large portion of Lake Tahoe lands for the public to enjoy today.
The 60-minute program, which is free and open to the public, will take place inside the Valhalla Boathouse Theatre, located 4 miles west of the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89. This Chautauqua presentation promises to offer a unique and engaging glimpse into the fascinating lives of George and Elia Whittell.
For more information go here https://valhallatahoe.com/event/living-history-george-whittell/ or call David at 760 920-8061
Don Lane presents History of Lake Tahoe and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit where he was recognized for his dedication and commitment to preserving the natural beauty and cultural history of Lake Tahoe.
During his presentation, Don Lane will delve into the rich history of Lake Tahoe, exploring the early settlers and pioneers who made their mark on the region. He will also highlight the creation and evolution of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, an agency responsible for managing and protecting the resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The event will take place at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, a scenic spot that offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a true expert in the field and gain a deeper appreciation for the history and conservation efforts in the Lake Tahoe area.
This presentation is part of a series of events and activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The agency has been instrumental in preserving and maintaining the natural and cultural resources of the region, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe.
Don Lane’s passion for history and the outdoors is contagious, and his presentation is sure to captivate and inspire attendees. Whether you are a long-time resident of Lake Tahoe or a visitor seeking to learn more about the area, this is an event not to be missed.
For more information about the event and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit’s 50th anniversary celebrations, visit their website or contact the Great Basin Institute or the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit September 23, 2023 – 6:30pm