may, 2024

sat11may12:00 pm2:00 pmCelebrating Truckee’s Early Moms at the Truckee Library12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Event Details

Celebrating Truckee’s Early Moms Presented by Alice Osborn
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Location: Nevada County Library – Truckee Library Branch 10031 Levon Ave, Truckee, CA 96161

The Donner Party tragedy (1846-47) tested the limits of human endurance—all the mothers did what they could to save their families. These brave pioneer woman didn’t know what their fate would be, but they remained strong for their children and these children carried their mothers’ lessons on to the next generation and the next.

The Donner Party were farmers, merchants, and regular families (19 women, 29 men and 43 children)  who ventured West to California to start a new life, but half of the party did not survive. Alice Osborn is a songwriter, historian, and author who brings to life through song the stories about the resilience and courage shown by Donner Party moms: Tamsen Donner, Margaret Reed, and Levinah Murphy. Their stories encourage us today to be the best versions of ourselves.

Alice originates from Raleigh, NC, but now lives up at Lake Tahoe.  Alice’s acoustic originals are influenced by rock, bluegrass, and folk, and diverse artists such as Richard Marx, Natalie Merchant, and John Prine. She frequently returns to the themes of loss, love, and identity; Skirts in the Snow: Beyond the Donner Party is her most recent album. Alice teaches guitar, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele through the Tahoe Truckee School of Music and at Carmichael Elementary in Portola, CA. Alice is currently working on songs for her most personal album yet.


(Saturday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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