Hunting for history

Ron and Beth Edgley and Tracey Hovey prepare for the scavenger hunt at the train station museum. (Provided photo)

We applaud the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society trustees for continually finding ways for the public to celebrate local history, and their latest event — the annual Scavenger Hunt — was a great success.

Board member Peter Roland reported that the event was held on Thursday, Sept. 14, with 13 teams scouring the village to match clues with local historic landmarks. Each team was required to solve clues and photograph the historic sites.

After identifying all 14 historic landmarks, the teams returned to the train station museum to match each with a photograph on display. This year’s feature exhibit is the Grover Cleveland collection, documenting life in the village through his photographs in the first half of the 20th century. The collection was donated to the historical society by the family of Clara Bass, Cleveland’s daughter who now lives in Texas. Photos are on display for the rest of 2023 and will be incorporated as a permanent part of the collection.

And congrats to the scavenger hunt winners, the team led by captain Laura Clark, which scored 25 correct answers out of 28. They won gift certificates to The Bookstore Plus. Second place was a tie between the team led by captain Cora Clark and Team Roland. More than 50 people participated in the scavenger hunt, and each received a complimentary museum pint glass and enjoyed a post-hunt reception and museum experience.

The participants were hosted by historical society trustees Parmelee Tolken, Karen Fountain, Keith Clark, Cindy Smith, Peter Roland, Perry Babcock, Betsy Hlavacek, Margie Gallagher, Ashleah Mayberry, John Huttlinger, Steve Sama, Mike Mahoney, Doug Lansing, Nev Dunn, Mike Butler, Erin Perkins and Georgia Jones.

John Prime and Hilary McDonald prepare for the scavenger hunt at the train station museum. (Provided photo)

Learn more about the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society at www.lakeplacidhistory.com.

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