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The Donner Project

History needs your help. After over 100 Truckee winters it is in dire need of repair.

$145,766 raised

$450,000 goal

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Immediate Goal: $450,000

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.

History needs our help. After over 100 Truckee winters the Pioneer Monument is in dire need of repair. In addition, this project will construct an outdoor amphitheater with design elements that honor our Washoe heritage.

This project includes:

  • Restoration of the Pioneer Monument
  • Site improvement landscaping
  • Construction of an outdoor community educational pavilion

This total project is $1,800,000. We have partnered with the Native Sons of the Golden West, California State Parks and other agencies to make this vision a reality. Help us reach our $450,000 commitment to the future!

Donation levels over $1,000 will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center foyer. All donation levels over $50 include a one-year membership to the Sierra State Parks Foundation and other "thank you" gifts at various donation levels. We will be pleased to send you our Donner Fundraising Campaign materials or meet with you to share our vision.