This year’s speaker will be Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin. He is an award-winning, nationally published author and professional speaker with six books and more than 650 articles in print.

Educated as a geographer and historian at the University of Nevada, Reno, Mark has received the Nevada State Press award five times. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel and The Weather Channel, as well as several historical documentaries.

Mark is currently working with The History Channel on a new Donner Party documentary.

His latest book, Snowbound: Legendary Winters of the Tahoe-Sierra, is due out in 2014.