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:

At the opening event on 9/26 the LGHA will offer a fall 2020 celebration introductory book price of $12 plus tax. If you cannot make this event, but you would like copies of this special book, please send $12.84 per copy and include your address and $3.00 for postage to the LGHA, box 472, Lake George, NY 12845 or call the museum answering machine  at 518-668-5044 to reserve your copy for pick up at the book launch on Saturday, 9/26.

Catch Gwenne’s live interview by Teri Rogers on the LGHA website ( or our facebook page ( on Thursday night 9/24 at 7 pm, and look for the September issue of the Lake George Mirror about how this book came to be.

(C) 2020 Lake George Historical Association

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