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Lecture Series Continues – Thursday, August 1st with David & Gayle Woodruff’s Historic Lecture & Chautauqua – “An Unconventional Success-Lucky Baldwin and his daughter Anita” 

We are pleased to continue the 2024 Lecture Series at the Historic Gold Hill Hotel!

Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and lecture starts at 7:00 p.m.

A Chautauqua performance by local historians, Gayle & David Woodruff.Lucky,” was one of the greatest pioneers of Western Nevada business. Earning a fortune in speculating on mining stocks of the Great Comstock Lode, Baldwin owned over 8,000 acres of Lake Tahoe, including some of the Lake’s only remaining old growth forest (Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake). Nicknamed “Lucky” due to his extraordinary good fortune in a number of business deals, he also survived being shot two different times by jilted lovers. His daughter Anita inherited his shrewd business acumen, overseeing the development of the family’s 45,000 acres in Southern California into the towns of Arcadi and Monrovia, and building the famous Santa Anita Racetrack.

Bio:  David & Gayle Woodruff are the authors of several books on Eastern Sierra history and are also Chautauqua/living history performers.

For the past 18 months, they have presented one of their history programs every weekend at Wylder Resort Hope Valley (formerly Sorenson’s Resort) about 20 minutes south of Lake Tahoe. They also give history presentations for museums, historical societies, social groups, and an assortment of other organizations. In addition to their weekly programs, the Woodruff’s have given dozens of history programs for other groups including the Tallac Historic Site-Valhalla, the Tahoe Lakefront Owners Association, Lake Tahoe Historical Society, California State Parks-Donner Memorial, Death Valley National Park and many more (and Artown this July!). David and Gayle have drawn as many as 200+ people to their programs. Together they have been giving history presentations for over 25-years.

Lecture starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $10 per person.

Come early and enjoy dinner before the lecture! We Serve dinner before the lecture at 4:30, 5, & 5:30 p.m.

Please call or text 775-847-0111 or fill out this reservation form to sign up for this interesting lecture:

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