If you have any interest in local history, the Lake Placid News has a new monthly column that starts this issue. It is presented by the Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society and will cover aspects of this area's history.
The plan for the column started when Jennifer Tufano, administrative director and registrar for the society stopped by the LPN office to inquire about getting more local history in the paper. Her idea for a column was quickly accepted.
According to Tufano, she made her inquiry after discussing with some Historical Society board members about ways in which they could give back to the community who has done so much to support its Cornerstone Project the past three years. She said that members and supporters have been so generous both financially and by donating such valuable and meaningful objects and photographs.
During a recent historical society meeting, Tufano said, many board members fondly recalled the "Odds and Ends" column by Laura Viscome and the work of Mary MacKenzie, both great supporters and champions of Lake Placid-North Elba history, and thought it could be of value for that organization to revitalize the spirit of sharing knowledge and developing a collective conversation about our roots.
To that end, one way to share what the historical society knows is by choosing an event, person or object every month and sharing that knowledge in the hopes that readers will, in turn, share what they know about the same subject. The hope is that the dialogue created by the give and take will enlighten and enrich us all and draw us closer to remembering why we live here.
Perhaps we live here because of the generations before us founded this area. Perhaps it's because a job opportunity came our way. Or perhaps we visited one summer or winter, fell in love, and decided to do anything to make a life here.
Regardless of the reason, if you're reading this paper, you feel a connection to this place and want to know more. The hope is that through this monthly contribution, to help you along that path.
So, enjoy the first installment on page 5, and feel free to send your thoughts to the LPN via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office at 6179 Sentinel Road.