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November 4th-10th, 2019

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Historic & Educational Programs

Historical Reenactment Presentation -Steve Hale

Father of CA Snow Skiing John "Snowshoe" Thompson Arrives in Death Valley !!
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 3pm
Where: West (far, towards Telescope Peak) end of Fiddlers’ Campground at the Blacksmith’s demonstration area (bring your chairs)
Historical setting: early 1860’s in the southern Sierra Mountain region

    Snow skiing. At Death Valley?    Yes. You read that correctly. 

Ol’ “Snowshoe” Thompson is going to have some explaining to do to Tom Foster! Be prepared for a lively discussion when they meet at the “travellin’ smithy’s” Blacksmith shop in Furnace Creek. The 1849 gold rush has created a massive western migra'on to northern California. Silver has just been discovered in Virginia City.


Look for "Snowshoe" to find his way to Furnace Creek at the far end of Fiddler's Campground where the blacksmith demonstration will be set up.

 Steve Hale of Comstock Characters returns to this year's 70th Anniversary Celebration to present another in his series of historic character reenactments.  John "Snowshoe" Thompson imigrated from Norway when he was only 10 years old. He settled in the Sierra Mountains, went on to become an wildely admired American citizen, gold miner, famous mail carrier, father of snow skiing in California, and cherished folk hero back in his native country. 

 Bring a chair, bring your imagination, and be ready to be transported back in time in an entertaining and educational way.

Educational Talks

The Death Valley National Park Superintendent and NPS Park Rangers present interesting and informative programs during the Encampment. Come hear about all the good things happening in Death Valley National Park and learn more about the history and present day initiatives of the park.


Historical Video & Slide Presentations

Producer and Writer/Director Ted Faye and author/historian Stanley Pahler are among the presenters that will provide informative historical based programs and films about the Park and Death Valley region with introductions by longtime Death Valley '49er and historian/author Marv Jensen.