Where history comes to life.
Whether purchasing a ticket to the latest Shirley Temple movie or a seat on a motor boat, many Americans sought to survive the Great Depression through the culture of escapism. By attempting to leave behind the harsh conditions of their regular life, these people became customers that provided the stimulus necessary for many recreational areas and industries to fight their way through this challenging decade. Despite this aid, not every company with a strong footing at the beginning of the Great Depression would live to see its conclusion.
In Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression, Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the Great Depression and the culture of escapism through the maritime vessels influenced by those forces.
Oral Histories from longtime Tahoe locals interviewed for this exhibit further enhance the display. Click here to listen to one of the recording featured in the exhibit. In this clip, Washoe Tribal Member Steven James talks about one the jobs he took on to help his family and community survive the hard times of the 1930s.
White Smoke – 30’ 1930 Sea Lyon Runabout
Phantasy III – 21’ 1932 Chris-Craft Barrel Back Runabout
Miss Tessa – 16’ 1930 Dodge Runabout
16’ 1938 Old Town Canoe
On Loan from California State Parks:
Mercury – 35′ 1926 Duralumin Racing Craft
View the Interactive iPad Displays Here:
Miss Tessa – http://tahoemaritimemuseum.webs.com/
Alan Furth: A Man & His Boats
Alan Furth began collecting and restoring boats while the hobby was still in its infancy. He became very influential in shaping the craft by helping to save many unique and historic vessels, and bring attention to the artistry behind boat restoration and preservation. Using four boats from TMM’s own collection, this online exhibit helps the public learn how this boy from a Northern California orchard came to be such a force in the boating world and Lake Tahoe’s maritime history.
Visit http://tahoemaritimefurth.webs.com/ to explore Alan Furth: A Man & His Boats
The Jevarian Outboard Motor Collection
Discover the various types and the mechanics behind outboard motors through viewing this piece of the museum’s outboard motor collection.
In 2000, the Alstom Shilling Robotics Company from Davis, California stumbled across the submerged vessel that we known today as Shanghai. Over the course of the next few years scientists worked to raise her and then place her in a state of arrested decay. Learn about Shanghai’s early life and recovery through the text and photo display surrounding one of Tahoe’s oldest residents.
Filled with rare boats too large for the Homewood site, a visit to the Truckee Annex is a must for hard core boat lovers. This portion of the museum is available for viewing during scheduled open houses but groups may also enjoy this display by calling ahead of time for an appointment: 530-525-9253
Tahoe Maritime Museum’s collections features a wide array of important vessels, engines, and documents that each speaks to an important piece of Lake Tahoe’s culture and development. Through exploring our interpretive displays and rich archives, guests and researchers alike will gain a better understanding of this important part of Tahoe’s past and present. To read more about a few selected pieces from our collection click here.
Shanghai, an 1890s steam launch salvaged from the bottom of the Lake
Early Tahoe Yacht Club Records
Jevarian Outboard Motor Collection
Tahoe Miss Photographs and Ephemeral Materials
Tahoe Maritime Museum’s boat collection rivals many maritime museums in the nation. Currently there are over 30 vessels ranging from a salvaged 1890s steam launch to luxurious 1960s powerboats. Many of the boats are lake-worthy and see service on Lake Tahoe’s crystal blue waters during the summer. The combination of work, race, and leisure boats in the museum’s collection help us tell the story of Lake Tahoe’s and the nation’s maritime history.
Engines and Motors
Gathered through large donations and reconstructed through small finds here are there, the museum boasts a diverse collection of outboard and inboard engines.
Library and Archives
The Museum’s archives are full of helpful and hard to find books and magazines about Tahoe’s maritime history and the development of the boating culture and industry. Please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view our Library and Archives.
Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2014
Ghost Ships, the Museum’s 2014-5 exhibit will focus on boats that sank in Lake Tahoe and around the US. It will feature boats ranging from a salvaged Washoe canoe to the internationally famous race boat Teaser. We will use oral histories, underwater footage, and additional artifacts to cover a broad spectrum of Lake Tahoe’s history and culture. The main points of the exhibit will focus on:
The histories surrounding select boats that sank either in Lake Tahoe or in other US waters
Social and legal issues pertaining to salvaging vessels
Public interaction with underwater historic sites
Highlighting nationally important wrecks, such as the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, alongside Lake Tahoe’s own sunken vessels will help us appeal to a wider audience, and establish connections between issues surrounding national and local underwater history and salvaging debates. In the end, this exhibit will increase awareness and understanding of underwater cultural heritage of the US in general and Lake Tahoe specifically.
Teaser – 40’ 1924 Nevins Sweep-Stakes Runabout
Sunken Treasure – 14’ 1949 Baycraft Runabout
Shanghai – 25’ 1890s Steam Launch
16’ Early 1900s Pomin Rowboat
Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) is proud to partner with Placer Arts and NCArts to host the juried art exhibit, Sunken Treasures. The goal of the exhibit is to showcase work by local artists that explores the unseen world at the bottom of Lake Tahoe. The art exhibit will coincide with TMM’s history exhibit, Ghost Ships opening on Memorial Weekend 2014 and running until April 19, 2015. There will be $300 in prize money awarded to artists in various categories.
Works submitted for Sunken Treasures need to imply or connote a sunken vessel or artifact, but this does not need to be the main focus of the piece. This exhibit is open to all artists from Lake Tahoe and its surrounding communities.
1. The audience for Sunken Treasures is the general public of all ages. Designs should be appropriate for public display.
2. Art work must be made for indoor display.
3. Pieces should be designed with durability and public safety in mind.
4. Artist is responsible for any transportation that is required of his/her piece including pick-up and delivery.
5. Artists may submit more than one design, but each submission should be on a separate application form. The application form may be reproduced.
6. All art pieces must remain at TMM for the entire length of the exhibit.
7. Accepted works must arrive ready for hanging/display.
8. All mediums accepted
9. All work must be original
10. The dimensions of hanging art is at the discretion of the judges.
11. Sculptural/3D pieces may have a depth up to 13″, a height up to 19″ height, and a weight of no more than 20 lbs.
Roy E. Dryer, III
All entries must include the following:
1. Cover letter with contact information (Name, address, phone and email) and artwork information (artist name, title, medium, dimensions, and year completed).
2. Up to five digital images of the piece: Images may be emailed or sent in on a DVD/CD; Images should be presented in JPEG format with image size set to 300 dpi resolution.
3. Artist biography including educational background and exhibition record.
March 14, 2014
You can email your submission to the same address, or mail to:
Tahoe Maritime Museum
ATTN: Sunken Treasures Exhibit
POB 627, Homewood, CA 96141
Do not send originals. Application materials will not be returned.
At the beginning of the 1920s, Lake Tahoe residents were entering into a time of incredible change. The end of WWI and the beginning of prohibition brought out a spirit of rebellion and innovation in people and industries across the nation. The maritime world used this energy to bring about a new period in boating: the era of the speedboat. Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe residents faced uncertainty as they sought to make tourism their main industry. The beauty of the lake, easing transportation sources, luxurious accommodation, and invigorating activities combined to make Lake Tahoe a first class destination.
In Tahoe Twenties: A Story of Boats, Booze & Business, the Tahoe Maritime Museum examines the many interests, social forces, and developments of the 1920s through the lens of its maritime vessels.
Miss Lakeside – 27’6″ 1925 Sea Sled
Marguerita – 24’ 1924 Fay & Bowen Junior Runabout
Florence M II – 26’ 1926 Stephens Brothers Runabout
Kerosene Kate – 1916 REO Speedwagon
Gar Wood’s Tahoe Legacy
May 2011-April 2012
Since the arrival of Lake Tahoe’s first Gar Wood in 1927, these boats have become part of the lake’s unique maritime history. The art deco features, powerful engines, and rich mahogany wood reflect the nation’s style and desire to enjoy their newly developed speed capabilities. Through displays of vintage advertisements, archival photographs, and three large motorboats, this exhibit tells the story of the development of Gar Wood’s company and its presence in Lake Tahoe.
3 Full size Gar Wood Motorboats
Tahoe Powerboat Club Racing Trophies
Click on any other image to view it in a larger size.
Tahoe Maritime Museum (TMM) is deaccessioning a Packard 4M2500 V12 engine with a cradle for storage and transportation purposes. This engine was built in the early 1940’s, and is in need of restoration. Museums interested in this engine should contact Christine Shook at email@example.com. The TMM will make the engine available to private buyer if no museum steps forward by November 15th. Private parties may contact Christine Shook beginning on November 16th.