The Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation, established in May of 2008, is dedicated to the establishment of the proposed Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Winter Sports Heritage Center.
The planned Olympic Museum will exhibit one of the great moments in California history by collecting and celebrating the legacy of the VIII Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Sports Heritage Center will feature the Auburn Ski Club’s Western SkiSport Museum and will continue to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret our western skiing heritage beginning with the Gold Rush “Longboards”era to the present. Culturally the Museum will capture the pioneering people and way of life in our Sierra Nevada mountain communities.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
The goal of the Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Winter Sports’ Heritage Center is to establish a cultural and historical attraction of regional, national and international significance. The Museum will capture and preserve the story and artifacts of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games for past, present and future generations. Our vision is to create a fully accredited large scale, year-round attraction with extensive history exhibits, interactive interpretative media, archives, and research collections for visitors and the community to celebrate the region’s winter sports’ history.
The Winter Sports Heritage Center will exhibit the 150 plus year history of winter sports in the Western United States dating from the California Gold Rush era. The Heritage Center will primarily be comprised of the Auburn Ski Club’s Western SkiSport Museum founded in 1965. In a larger role the Museum will illustrate the common thread that skiing and winter sports have played in the development of the American west and mountain communities stretching from Southern California and Western Nevada to the Southern Cascade mountains.
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