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The Donner Project

Creating a space for reflection and education.

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Immediate Goal: $60,000

Updated May 2023

The Pioneer Monument was dedicated on June 6, 1918 and erected in honor of all who made the difficult trek across the western plains and mountains to reach California during the 1840s. Constructed near the site of the cabins that gave shelter to the Donner Party, work on the monument began in 1901. Since then, the monument has stood in testament to the thousands of families and individuals who risked all for a better life, and honors the pioneer spirit of those who came before us. After over 100 Truckee winters the Pioneer Monument is in dire need of repair.

The Donner Project includes:

  • Restoration of the Pioneer Monument: FUNDED! $630,000 raised, Monument Restoration complete in July 2022.
  • Site improvement landscaping : $140,000 raised-$60,000 needed!
  • Construction of an outdoor community educational pavilion: TBD

We have partnered with the Native Sons of the Golden West to raised awareness and raise funds to complete this project. Our goal is to have the funds in place by 12/31/2023 for construction of this phase to be completed in 2024.

Donation levels over $1,000 will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center foyer.. We will be pleased to send you our Donner Fundraising Campaign materials or meet with you to share our vision.