Carol Van Etten Bio

Carol Van Etten is a Tahoe research historian who has been studying and writing about Lake Tahoe history for over 30 years.  Her love of Tahoe and its history date to childhood summers spent at the family cabin in Rubicon Bay, where she first heard stories of the lake in earlier times.  She is a 1970 graduate of UC Davis and attended University of Chicago graduate school in English Literature.

An important aspect of Van Etten’s research has been the collecting of oral history interviews.  Since 1982 she has recorded over 100 conversations with Tahoe’s ‘old timers’, adding greatly to the information available through written records.

Van Etten has written 5 books on Lake Tahoe history subjects, including Meeks Bay Memories, Tahoe City Yesterdays (out of print), Prewar Wood, Lakers and Launches, and Lake Champions.  More information can be found at her website, She has recently finished a book on the revised and enlarged history of Tahoe City.