‘Snowshoe Thompson: Superhero of the Sierra’ set for Saturday

David and Gayle Woodruff will portray ‘Snowshoe’ and Agnes Thompson.

David and Gayle Woodruff will portray ‘Snowshoe’ and Agnes Thompson.

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Carson City Historical Society will host David and Gayle Woodruff, who will present a Chautauqua on "Snowshoe Thompson: Superhero of the Sierra" from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday in the Carriage House behind the Foreman-Roberts Historic House, 1207 N. Carson St., during Mark Twain Days.

The Woodruffs will assume the characters of "Snowshoe" Thompson and his wife Agnes in the 55-minute Chautauqua performance.

Thompson carried mail across the deep Sierra Nevada snow for 20 winters. Packing 80 pounds of mail, he did the 180-mile round trip in five days on his handcrafted skis, with nothing more than a jacket, dried meat and matches.

Thompson made one of the first recorded surveys of Lake Tahoe, is often credited with being the father of skiing in California, and was a larger-than-life character, saving numerous lives, serving his community unwaveringly, and devoted his life to the betterment of all.

Tickets are $15 for CCHS members, and $20 for non-members. Funds benefit CCHS. Tickets are available at breweryarts.org/event/20240511-mtd-chautauqua. CCHS lectures are held periodically in the Carriage House.

For information, visit CCHistorical.org.


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