Here's what some people have to say about Mark's dynamic presentations . . .
Mark McLaughlin gave a completely engaging and stimulating 2-hour talk to the Tahoe Donner Green Club Wednesday, August 17, on the reasons for our
current weather patterns and the weather history of the Tahoe Basin and the northern Sierra. He is a master speaker and is able to weave an integrated, fact-filled talk around an outstanding slide series, throwing
in humorous asides and tales of the Sierra. His talk was hugely informative and received an enthusiastic audience response. I highly recommend him.
Tahoe Donner Green Club, Truckee,
Everyone was just completely taken with your talk! You are passionate, funny,
intelligent, and a great speaker. We would love to have you back next year. Thank you for coming all this way and for bringing us such a wonderful picture of Lake Tahoe!
Bouverie Preserve, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley, California (2011)
Your presentation, 1910-1920: A Snapshot in Time in the Tahoe Sierra, provided
wonderful insight into our region during that time period, the railroads, the early forays of the automobile, and the many activities taking place. Your extensive
knowledge enhanced the topic and your passion for the subject was evident to all — truly was an entertaining snapshot. This was our eighth symposium and we were
pleased to have 138 attendees of which 90 were teachers who received in-service credit from the Nevada Department of Education.
Jackie L. Frady
Executive Director, National Automobile Museum, Reno, Nevada (2010)
The entire week went off very, very well, and your contributions to the learning
atmosphere were wonderful. You are, as promised, an engaging and very knowledgeable speaker! Thanks for finding the time to make us part of your
busiest week of the year. It was a pleasure to get to know more about Lake Tahoe through your eyes.
Annie Tiberio Cameron
Family Nature Summit, Faculty Recruiting Director (2010)
Everybody talks about the weather. But nobody talks about it the way Mark does.
His presentation was crisp, lively, informative, and fun. Mark walks a fine line, explaining scientific measurements to the lay person, and then unfolding storytelling that grabs one and all. Thanks so much.
Attorney, Oakland, California, and banquet chair, National Translator Association (2010)
Mark is without a doubt the best speaker we have ever had at our events. He is
exceedingly informative, captivating the audience with his wit and energetic delivery. His tales are relevant, educational, and fascinating. He kept the group
completely engaged and begging for more! I highly recommend Mark – he is one of those rare individuals who can weave historical research and humor into an absolutely entertaining performance.
General Manager, Tahoe City PUD (2008)
Mark McLaughlin gave a terrific presentation at our Bernhard Museum Winery.
From the moment he began speaking, he immediately captured the attention of everyone. His lecture was vivid and enlightening. All the evaluations for his
program were rated 5 out of 5 in each category. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed his program. Nearly everyone who attended made it a point to request that I schedule Mark again next year. I definitely will.
Program Manager, Place County Museums (2008)
Your presentations are priceless and I value greatly each week we have the opportunity to have you speak to our guests.
Director of Recreation, Olympic Village Inn, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe (2008)
Wow! What a presentation! I love the history and information about our State.
Very informative. I love learning about the Sierra and its history.
This was excellent! Lots of good information about weather history and water issues.
A very well planned and thought out program. A lot of very good information that I
can use in my classroom. Enjoyed his presentation very much.
Fascinating! Lots of info. Would love to hear it all again. Great local history.
Nevada Reading Week Conference 2008
Mark McLaughlin has my highest recommendation as a speaker and presenter of
California history. He was the keynote speaker for the American Volkssport Association national convention held in Sacramento, CA in June 2007 and his
presentation was outstanding and enthusiastically received by our 1,000 attendees. He has my endorsement as a great addition to any gathering.
Program Coordinator, AVA National Convention 2007
You were fantastic! Our audience really loved your presentation and we were all so
impressed with your wealth of knowledge. I hope that you felt the long drive was worth it because it would be great to have you return.
Adult Programming/Booklegger Coordinator
Pleasanton California Public Library (2006)
Mark McLaughlin is a natural-born educator who has been delighting Elderhostel
audiences at programs in the Lake Tahoe area and Reno for the past 14 years. Mark's combination of enthusiasm, expertise, specialized knowledge of the region
and wonderful sense of humor make him an outstanding presenter. In addition Mark is able to adjust his classes to meet the interests of the group and enjoys
interacting with people. His lectures in the classroom and on field trips always receive the highest evaluations from our discriminating Elderhostel clientele.
Barbara Crossland, Program Director
Mark, you always come through for us and your efforts are outstanding. Your work
is always so good that I have no doubt it will be a highlight of the History Gallery.
Gary Noy, Director
Center for Sierra Nevada Studies
Sierra College Virtual Museum (2007)
On February 10, 2005, Squaw Valley Institute was proud to host a talk by Mark
McLaughlin titled "The Story of the Donner Party." Mr. McLaughlin captivated one of the largest audiences to ever attend one of our events. Without notes, he related
this fascinating story and included many details and anecdotes that are probably not widely known and made this true story much more interesting. We definitely
look forward to having him back to make another presentation in the near future."
John Wilcox, President
Squaw Valley Institute (2005)
On behalf of the Tahoe Trail Trekkers hiking club and the California Volkssport
Association, I would like to thank you for making our Saturday night dinner function such a success. You were certainly the highlight of the evening. Many of the
people I talked to afterwards stated that this was the best CVA convention that they ever attended. Your enlightening presentation allowed many people to leave the
convention with a much better knowledge of how Lake Tahoe became such an important part of California history and such a popular spot on the world map. I
look forward to experiencing more of your lectures and hope our club and the CVA group can also.
Vice President, Tahoe Trail Trekkers (2006)
Mark has been enthralling our guests and Homeowners at the Red Wolf Lodge
every Monday evening for more than a year now and it has become their favorite activity. It is refreshing to see such enthusiasm and knowledge from Mark at each
of his weekly presentations. His entertaining style and natural ability to keep his audience hanging on every word makes learning fun while being educational.
Mark is a consummate professional who teaches locals and visitors alike about our region's colorful history and the importance of keeping our beautiful lake clean
now and for years to come. I have lived in North Tahoe for fourteen years and have never met anyone that has such quality of content. He is a man that stands by his
convictions, love of the weather, history, and his endearing love for our lake. Thank you, Mark.
General Manager, Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge (2006)
On behalf of the Carson River Coalition 2004 Conference Committee, I thank you
for your enlightening, well-prepared and valuable presentation at the conference. Your particular expertise enhanced the knowledge of al the attendees, as
expressed in their complimentary evaluations. We greatly appreciate the time you took to help inform us on the flood and droughts in our watershed. Be assured that
the conference has provided the foundation for initiating measures for protection of the Carson River Floodplain.
Edwin D. James
General Manager, Carson Water Subconservancy District (2004)
If anyone is a true pioneer, it's you! Your passion is your love of history and it
shows in your writings and in your storytelling! It's always a delight to hear you speak!
Prudential California Realty (2005)