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Switzerland of the West: Historic Winter Fun In Yosemite

fireside-chat-mariposa-museum-talk-2016-novMARIPOSA — Local author Sharon Giacomazzi offers tales of a forgotten era in Yosemite’s fascinating history, at a fireside chat presentation, illustrated with beautiful photos.

Entitled “Switzerland of the West,” it’s all about historic winter activities in Yosemite, and takes place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Mariposa Museum & History Center, at 2 p.m..

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Yosemite was once the most developed winter sports location in the United States, Sharon explains.

“It was even a contender to host the 1932 Winter Olympics,” says the author. “Imagine, a wingless airplane pulling skiers around the meadows, a 60,000 square foot skating rink and a 70 mile per hour toboggan run, just to name a few.”

Hear how and when it began, as well as how it ended, at this free presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing for those interested in Sharon’s hiking books.

The Mariposa Museum & History Center is located at 5119 Jessie Street in Mariposa.

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