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Explore Lake Placid history in new column

January 22, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

There is a ton of history to be learned about Lake Placid and the surrounding communities of the Olympic Region by reading through the archives of the Lake Placid News, and we encourage you to read past issues that are available online.

People are making history every week, and the News continues to document the accomplishments of residents and visitors, as we have since 1905. Yet it's fun to see what was happening 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Issues of the News from 1914 to 2008 are available for anyone to read for free on a popular research website called NYS Historic Newspapers: You can either perform an advanced search or browse through past issues. The pages are each saved as a PDF and can be downloaded for free.

Years ago, the News published features from its own archives in a variety of ways, and we recently began printing tidbits from our archives again on the editorial page in a column called "History is Cool." This gives us a chance to celebrate local history and put some of our current events in perspective by delving into the past. With 94 years of news at our fingertips, there are a lot of great stories to be read about our community.

In addition to highlighting several stories from past issues, we are trying to attract young readers by calling the archives feature "History is Cool." We know that simply calling something cool may not be enough to get kids hooked on history, so we are doubling our efforts by holding a History is Cool Contest every time we run the column. It is open to students in grades 6-12 who attend private schools in Lake Placid and the Lake Placid, Keene and AuSable Valley central schools.

The contest's main objectives include promoting online history research tools and cultivating an appreciation for local history.

We'd like to congratulate our first winner, Lake Placid High School junior Forest Ledger, who answered the question in the Jan. 9 issue correctly. He learned about the contest from one of his teachers who is currently assigning students to use the NYS Historic Newspapers database for school work. For his efforts, Forest won a copy of "New York State's Mountain Heritage: Adirondack Attic, Volume 5," by News Editor Andy Flynn. We encourage students to enter these contests.



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