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Students Learn About Local History Through Interviews

By: Carla Eilo This spring, students from the Northwood School have been collaborating with the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society by participating in a special project which engages them with members of the community by conducting oral history interviews. As the Historical Society prepares a new exhibit, a timeline of Lake Placid History, they had identified topics of local history that would be exhibited such as sports, hotels, and industry. Members of the community who had experiences or background in these topics were identified and paired with a student to be interviewed. The final product of these interviews are [...]

“History of Golf in Lake Placid” – Presented by J. Peter Martin

  The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society announces the fourth and final installment of the 2016 Winter Lecture Series scheduled on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Hotel North Woods. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm with attendees encouraged to support our host establishment by dining prior to the event. Peter Martin, PGA Pro and Author will be leading a discussion of the history of golf in Lake Placid. Lake Placid has a unique golf history, with the first course being built in 1898. Many of the courses were designed by well-known architects such as John Van Kleek, Seymour Dunn, Alexander H. [...]

Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society with Adirondack Architectural Heritage Presents: “What Style Is It?”

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society announces the third installment of the 2016 Winter Lecture Series scheduled on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Simply Gourmet/ the ‘dack Shack in the Butler Room. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm with attendees encouraged to make reservations and dine at the ‘dack Shack prior to the event. Steven Englehart from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) will be leading a presentation which delves into historic architectural styles titled, “What Style Is It?” This program explores the range and variety of architectural styles found in the Adirondack region and the historical and cultural forces that [...]

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society presents the film screening of “Hotel Hope” with Historic Saranac Lake

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society announces the second installment of the 2016 Winter Lecture Series scheduled on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 7:00pm at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in Lake Placid.  Presented by Historic Saranac Lake, the film “Hotel Hope” tells the story of the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, where those affected by tuberculosis in the entertainment industry came to seek treatment. Originally planned to be a short 15 minute film, research had surfaced more information to create an in depth story.  “Hotel Hope” features original footage and contemporary interviews with former patients and employees of the hospital. [...]

Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society Presents: “Adirondack Outlaws” with Niki Kourofsky

The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is pleased to announce the first program of its 2016 Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Smoke Signals in Lake Placid.  The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm with attendees encouraged to come for dinner prior to the event.  This opening program in the four-part series is titled "Adirondack Outlaws, Bad Boys and Lawless Ladies," presented by Niki Kourofsky. Kourofsky, author of “Adirondack Outlaws,” will take listeners on a rip-roaring ride through Adirondack history, introducing a cast of infamous scofflaws and scallywags – and a few murderous maniacs – that lend [...]