Author David Antonucci To Speak On Mark Twain At Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park Aug. 12

Courtesy of Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park · 1 min read

MINDEN, Nev.- Author David C. Antonucci will speak on his book Fairest Picture: Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park on Saturday, August 12, at 10:00 am.

In 1861, Samuel Clemens, the man who would become Mark Twain, hiked to Lake Tahoe to stake a claim for a timber ranch. He spent many blissful days on the Lake but carelessly allowed his campfire to escape, creating a spectacular wildfire. He later wrote about his experiences in his 1872 memoir, Roughing It.

This event is part of the park’s Dangberg Summer Festival and is sponsored by Soaring NV, Douglas County, Carson Valley Accounting, Horsetales Magazine and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation. Alpen Sierra Coffee Company will provide complimentary coffee and 88 Cups & More will provide baked treats.

David C. Antonucci is a dynamic presenter who gives entertaining and informative presentations on science and history to environmental groups, news media, conference groups, historical societies, and community organizations. Antonucci is also a regular lecturer at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. His presentation on Fairest Picture includes rich supplemental graphics, such as photos, maps, video clips and diagrams, and is suitable for general audiences, with the book available for sale and signed by the author.

“Antonucci’s book makes you feel as if you are sitting on a rock next to Mark Twain, as he gazes out on Lake Tahoe. He is a thorough researcher and a very capable author,” said the park’s events manager, Kim Harris.

The park is located at 1450 Hwy 88, ¼ mile north of the Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital. This is an outdoor event, and visitors should bring their own seating. Dogs are not permitted at this event. For more information, visit

The final speaker of the season is author Melba J. Ray-Leal who will give a presentation on her book Women and the Pony Express, on August 19. The park’s full 2017 event schedule is available at the park’s website.

The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is the 2012 and 2013 Reno-Tahoe Territory winner of the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s “Discover Your Nevada” contest. The site preserves the home of Heinrich F. Dangberg and three generations of descendants. The Dangbergs were a prominent ranching family in Carson Valley that founded Minden in 1905. The Park includes eight historic structures built between 1857 and 1917, along with a large collection of artifacts, documents and photographs. Programs include guided tours, concerts, Chautauqua and other public events. The Park is operated by Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in cooperation with its owner, Douglas County.

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