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Preserving Heritage

There is no doubt that Lake Tahoe has a long and rich history.  From the Washoe tribes all the way up to the present day, this region’s heritage is something that deserves to be preserved for generations to come.  Valhalla Tahoe has played an important role in this preservation for over 40 years, by restoring and maintaining the Heller Estate at the Tallac Historic Site.

Beyond preservation of the various buildings on the Site, Valhalla Tahoe builds and grows community through its mission and services, along with its annual Art, Music and Theatre Events. It cannot do so without the public’s help. 

Valhalla needs the support of people like you because it is very much a labor of love.  From the Board of Directors to the many event volunteers, everyone who participates does it because they recognize the historical and cultural importance of the site and enjoy the programming and services provided by Valhalla Tahoe.

Ways to Support Valhalla Tahoe

  1. Donate above or during our Annual Boathouse Theatre Fundraiser on Giving Tuesday
  2. Become a Member and receive many Member Benefits
  3. Sign up to Volunteer at one of Valhalla’s many events
  4. Attend the many Events Valhalla Tahoe hosts.
  5. Rent Valhalla Tahoe for a Wedding or Event
  6. Share Valhalla’s events with your friends on Facebook

Boathouse Theatre Improvement Fund

"Valhalla is a very special place to me. Built in the 1920's, it is a unique and beautiful historic site that everyone falls in love with when they see it. Because it is old, it does need tender loving care and maintenance to keep it going and that is what I love, to be able to be a part of all of that."

Bob SweattBoard Member & Restoration Specialist

"Performing at Valhalla is always among our most memorable shows on tour. The magical Boathouse Theater with the incomparable Lake Tahoe in the background is as inspiring a venue as can be found anywhere."

Eric AndersonMusician
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Valhalla Tahoe has been raising funds to replace the lighting in the Boathouse Theatre since its 20th anniversary in 2016. With your help, we’re almost half way to our goal of $50,000. The lights Valhalla uses today were purchased used when the Boathouse was renovated and have not been replaced since. These old “can” lights require our theatre tech to climb over 50 feet in the air to replace the colored gels on the lights and this type of lighting is known for getting hot. Replacing these outdated lights with modern LEDs will enhance staff safety and the audience’s enjoyment of Boathouse Theatre Events.

The cost of replacing the lighting is high, and we appreciate your continued support to fund this project. We are making other improvements in the meantime. In 2019, we worked with Blue Sky Events to install a traveling curtain system so the full window to Lake Tahoe can be revealed during performances. 

In 2021, Valhalla Tahoe bought a digital sound board, new monitors and other equipment that will enhance the audience’s experience at concerts in the Boathouse Theatre.  Our audio tech can now make quick adjustments from a tablet on the main floor.

Projects Completed

Boathouse Theatre Window Curtains Before and After 

“The Valhalla Boathouse theatre was built with a lot of blood sweat and tears over 25 years ago. Since that time it has become one of the most significant south shore venues. However it is a hundred year old building still operating with some of the used equipment installed 25 years ago. Every year it has to step up to create production values that are beyond its abilities. We make magic there, but the magic could really use some help.”

Dave HamiltonDirector, and former President Valhalla Tahoe

"It took the vision of a community to see the incredibly potential of this historic site and ensure its survival. That vision has resulted in a one-of-a-kind location used showcase our history, art, and culture and available to visitors and locals. As an actor, standing on the stage at the Boathouse Theatre is a magical experience! Its clunky lighting, lack of backstage space, and small deep stage means nothing when you get to share the history...It is one of the most intimate theatres I’ve ever performed in, and I feel very blessed."

Diana EvansActor & Former Board Member
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