The Tahoe Heritage Foundation

1 Heritage Way, South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96150, Usa
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Our missionThe mission of the Tahoe Heritage Foundation is to preserve and protect the cultural heritage and natural history resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin through restoration, interpretation, and education.

The Tahoe Heritage Foundation

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Tallac Museum

Provides direct visitor service in the Gift Shop and supports retail sales, merchandising and display efforts.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Events & Hospitality

Provides support for all public and private events, such as providing hospitality or assisting with entertainment, or large events like the Tallac Historic Site annual Gatsby Festival, Gatsby Festival High Tea & Vintage Fashion Show, Weekly Heritage Days, and yearly Special Fundraising Events.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Restoration and Preservation

Supports historic buildings preservation with ongoing efforts including carpentry, masonry, painting, electrical, plumbing, glass, rodent control; proof of expertise in these areas is required. Includes use, cleaning and maintenance of the shop, tools, equipment and supplies provided by Tahoe Heritage Foundation and USFS.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Gardens

Hands-on horticulture work in the formal garden areas of both the Baldwin and Pope estates and the Pope Estate vegetable garden with Master Gardener direction.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Traditional Craft Demonstrations

Supports exhibit and demonstrations for 1920s traditional artistry such as pottery, caligraphy, basket weaving, rug hooking and various artist mediums – sketching, painting and children’s art projects.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Roving Site & Garden Docents

Welcome visitors and present the interpretative stories of the Pope and Baldwin Estates, Houses,Out Buildings and Gardens through tours, talks, and other interactions. Work alongside and support interpretative staff and volunteers.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance

Supports general grounds, lawn, pathway, pond, fountain and irrigation system, tools & equipment maintenance; also supports Shoreline and Promenade trail maintenance of Resort area.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Photography

Supports weekly photographic activities by volunteers, Tahoe Heritage Foundation & USFS staff, create marketing and social media quality photos.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Boathouse Docents

Welcome visitors and present the interpretative stories of the Pope Estate boathouse, boats and other objects through talks, video and other interactions. Work alongside and support interpretative staff and volunteers.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Blacksmithing

Supports demonstrations, education and item sales; proof of experience and references required.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Costuming

Hands-on sewing and repairing of period appropriate costumes, support selection and fitting of volunteer costuming; work alongside costumer onsite and through email.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Interpretive Tours and Programs

Supports historic houses, out buildings, daily tours, group tours, food/beverage history programs and special events; educational demonstrations and exhibits. Costumes and interpretative knowledge required.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Exhibits and Collections

Supports the daily tasks of collection management, including shelving, accessioning database work, and inventories. Assists with project-oriented tasks in support of the History and Interpretation chair, including but not limited to: delivery &/or receipt of object, object research, database management, and entry, object photography, rehousing, archival filing, archival scanning and cataloging, research, and other seasonal projects.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Committee Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are offered to support and/or chair five committees: Marketing and PR, Fundraising, Administrative, Finance, and History and Interpretation.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Heritage Days

Provides direct service to visitors in the 1920s historical portrayal of life at Lake Tahoe during the summer; support of games, activities and programs. Costumes required.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Tallac Museum Gift Shop

Provides direct visitor service in the Gift Shop and supports retail sales, merchandising and display efforts.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Antique Vehicles

Supports general maintenance, protection/care and repair of historic vintage vehicles;
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Visitor and Member Services

All volunteers provide direct support for visitor services through the Tallac Museum Information Desk, serving as a greeter, host, or through administrative support.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpWe appreciate our volunteers and the many ways they contribute their time and talents to protect and pass on the history and heritage of Lake Tahoe! Local volunteers typically provide service one or two days a week throughout the summer season, for a minimum of 72 hours.
About usFounded in 1996, the TAHOE HERITAGE FOUNDATION supports a variety of preservation, restoration and education projects and programs in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Tahoe Heritage Foundation formed a public/private partnership with the USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to manage restoration projects and interpretive activities at the Pope and Baldwin Estates (two of three estates included in the Tallac Historic Site), adjacent to the southern shore of Lake Tahoe.
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