The Lake George Historical Association (LGHA) is pleased to announce the publication of 

"Called by the Water-When Diane Struble Swam Lake George"

written by Diane’s daughter, Gwenne Rippon.

The LGHA will host a day-long “meet the writer book launch” on Saturday, September 26 from 10-3. (See information below on how to get the book)

Gwenne Rippon will be available to sign books and answer questions. This event will be held outside under the museum tent on the Old Courthouse grounds, 290 Canada Street and is free to the public. Masking and social distancing will be required as per NYS law. There will be an open mic throughout the day for speakers who remember Struble’s 1958 historic swim.  


Called by the Water, funded by the Touba Family Foundation, is the first in a LGHA book series relating to Lake George and its people, culture, history and events. This 52-page book tells the remarkable story of the first person, Diane Struble, to swim the length of Lake George in 1958, from her daughter Gwenne’s perspective, and it includes many mid-century Lake George personalities and news articles relating to the iconic event.

The cover photo is by Carl Heilman; the introduction is by area historian, author and executive director of the Warren County Historical Society, Teri Podnorszki Rogers.

Lisa Adamson’s LGHA Curator’s end note and Bernice Mennis’ opening poem frame the series’ themes against the backdrop of the lake as a living being and the fight to preserve pristine water quality.  The timelessness of Diane Struble’s story highlights how important this lake is to so many as a pure and natural body of water.

How to get the book:

The book is $18.60 plus tax for a total of $20. If you cannot visit our bookstore in person, please send $20.00 per copy and include your address and $3.00 for postage to the LGHA, box 472, Lake George, NY 12845.

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