Sierra Speaker Series: Canine Search for the Donner Family Camps at Alder Creek with John Grebenkemper

Truckee - Speaker Series

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5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
April 21st, 2018
Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center


Complimentary refreshments will be served, with beverages available for purchase. A $5 donation is suggested for this free program. Parking is free.

In early November 1846, the George and Jacob Donner families and their teamsters arrived at Alder Creek, about 3 miles north of downtown Truckee. The divided Donner families had decided to camp at Alder Creek because there was less snow than at the Donner Lake camps. Over the next 5 months, eight people camped at Alder Creek would die from starvation. Recent exploration by canines from the Institute for Canine Forensics have located human remains scent in the Alder Creek area. 

This talk will explore the Donner party travels cross-country and their winter camps at Alder Creek. The canine results and other evidence suggest the specific locations of the George and Jacob Donner camps. These two camps are hundreds of yards from the traditional area associated with the Donner family camps.


Doors open at 5 p.m. | Program begins at 5:30 p.m.


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