Educational Outreach

The Society collaborates with the Wilmington Historical Society and Lake Placid Elementary School 4th grade students one week, each year to analyze museum artifacts, research local history, and create presentations that focus on public speaking and critical thinking.  The culmination of the projects is a “Local History Fair” featuring a student exhibit.

Students during History Week.



Heritage Day

August 17, 2019

Join us August 17, 10 am-2 pm for our yearly summer fundraiser that celebrates the Lake Placid community with live music, food, our famous used book sale, and fun activities for the whole family!







Historic Fall Tour

The Historical Society hosts an annual Historic Fall Tour each autumn with a different theme. Previous Fall Tours include Places of Worship: Past and Present, What was it before?, Historic Pubs, and most recently in 2017 a Ghost Tour of Lake Placid. We encourage guests to socialize and share their memories!

The 2019 fall tour will be held on Friday, September 13th. We will explore cemeteries of North Elba!


Winter Lecture Series

The Winter Lecture Series is an annual program that occurs during January through April at various local venues in Lake Placid. Each lecture is led by an Adirondack professional and explores the history of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Park. In 2019 our programming will extend into May, with a special lecture presented the Wednesday before the History Museum reopens for the season.


2019 Winter Lecture Series Programs

The lectures begin at 7:00 pm with attendees encouraged to come out for dinner or cocktails prior to the event.  


January 9 –Archaeology in the Adirondacks

Presented by: Dr. David Starbuck

Location: Mr. Mike’s Pizzeria 


February 13 – The Six Nations Indian Museum

Presented by: Dave Fadden, Six Nations Indian Museum

Location: Wiseguys Bar and Grill


March 20 – What Would a Wood Pecker Do?

Presented by: Tom Manitta, Adirondack Mountain Club

Location: Hotel North Woods


April 24 – Lake Placid Steamboats, Fancy Hotels and the Gilded Age

Presented by: R.J. Potter

Location: Generations


May 22- Women’s Suffrage in the Adirondacks 

Presented by: Margaret Bartley, vice president of the Adirondack History Museum

Location: The Lake Placid-North Elba History Museum