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Through Tamsen’s Eyes: The Story of the Donner Party

Petaluma Historical Library & Museum

20 4th St

(707) 778-4398

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Sunday August 18, 2024

04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Most of us know only one gruesome part of the Donner Party tragedy, but that is by no means the entire story. Through extensive research, Leslie Scatchard has created a solo show that gives a larger perspective of the Donner Party through the eyes of Tamsen Donner, the wife of George Donner.
Tamsen’s actual diaries have never been recovered, but Leslie recreates her story from information that others in the party left behind. Come learn about this bright and extraordinary woman, and get an expanded perspective on these infamous early pioneers.
Leslie Scatchard has been performing most of her life, from plays, musicals, and solo shows to readers theater and storytelling. She ran two children’s theater programs, one in the Sierra Foothills and one in Petaluma, and is now working on pet projects as they fit into her retirement life.