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2024 Lecture Series

All sessions are open and free to the public. They will be held in-person at the LGHA Museum at 290 Canada Street, Lake George. Lectures will also be streamed live on the website or our Facebook page, and archived for later viewing on the website.

June 25th, 2024 6:00 pm - Mayor Robert M. Blais


Mayor Bob Blais holds the title of the longest serving mayor in the US after retiring in 2023 with 52 years under his belt! His 2014 memoir titled “View from the Top” (available in the LGHA Bookstore) is still just as fresh as when it was released.


The LGHA Museum is opening a new exhibit featuring memorabilia of his tenure and he will be giving a brief talk to open the exhibit. You’ll want to attend this one live, if possible, but if not it will be streamed live and recorded for the website!


July 9, 2024 4:00 pm - Dr. Alice Green

Growing Up Black in the Adirondacks

Dr. Alice Green is the Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, a civil rights organization she founded in 1985. She has a doctorate in criminal justice and 3 master's degrees – education, social work, and criminology.

Green has won numerous awards for her activism in the Capital District, including from the New York State Bar Association, NAACP, and Rockefeller College.


July 16, 2024 6:00 pm - Kay Olan and Tom Porter

Teachings and Stories from the Iroquois

Kay Olan from the Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan, is a Mohawk educator and storyteller.

Tom Porter, Sakokwenionkwas is a founder, spokesperson, and spiritual leader from the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke.


Together they will present “Teachings and Stories from the Iroquois”


July 30, 2024 6:00 pm - Erin Tobin of Adirondack Architectural Heritage


Historic Preservation in the Adirondacks

Erin Tobin is the Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), a nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack region with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage.


August 8, 2024 6:00 pm - Noah Chirnomas

Dome Island: Forever Wild on Lake George

Since he was 16 years old, Noah Chirnomas has been fascinated by Dome Island. He is the author of Dome Island: Forever Wild on Lake George.
Filled with historic photographs and letters, the book reveals the story of how this landmark island was saved from destruction and left to remain forever wild.


August 13, 2024 6:00 pm - Dr. Lynn Hohmann

The Forts of Lake George Battlefield Park

Dr. Hohmann is a retired family physician who grew up in Hudson Falls.  Her father shared his interest of history with her sparking a lifelong interest in the subject. She volunteered with David Starbuck and worked on digs in each of the forts.  She was president of the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and started many of the ongoing activities in the park including the VIC of which she is still curator. 

The talk will be a discussion of the history of fort building and destruction in Lake George Battlefield Park.  The two forts discussed will be the stockaded fort and Fort George, both built in 1759.  Included with the history will be information about the archaeological research done at both sites.


Date TBD 6:00 pm - Margy Mannix

Down Memory Lane, The Road to Lake George

Margy Mannix grew up in Lake George and graduated from Lake George High School. She attended Boston University where she studied public relations. In 2014 she was appointed to be the position of Municipal Historian for the Village and Town of Lake George.

This presentation begins at State Route 149 and takes the audience north on U.S. Route 9 to the site of Lake George High School.  The focus of the talk is on the west side of Route 9, what once existed there and what still remains.


August 20, 2020

Teri Podnorszki Rogers, Executive Director of the Warren County Historical Society,  has a conversation with Gwenne Rippon, daughter of Diane Struble, about her new LGHA sponsored book, “Called by the Water:  When Diane Struble Swam Lake George.” This will be a live interview and you can join us on Facebook Live where you can ask questions and interact in the chat, or join us right here on this website!

August 6, 2020

"A Conversation with Dr. Alice Green-her Adirondack life, Structural Racism, and the Current Movement for Justice" is a live interview with Dr. Alice Green, Director of the Center for Law and Justice.


In this talk, LGHA trustee Louise Rourke spoke with Dr. Green about her perspectives on Black Americans in the Adirondack region, her work with the Center for Law and Justice and experiences of the African American community in the North Country.

July 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30th, we spoke with open-water swimmer Bridget Simpson, as she discussed the joy, pain, preparation and yes, even obsession that is required to swim Lake George!

There was a lot of great audience interaction, great questions about cold water preparation, and how her perspective of the lake changed as she became more experienced and familiar with its many moods.

It was a terrific presentation by Bridget, you're sure to enjoy!

July 16, 2020

Hannah DeGarmo visited us on Thursday, July 16th, 7pm to discuss her work on the "Lake George On the Water" series of mini-documentaries telling the stories of people, places and traditions of the Lake George watershed.


She also discussed the support by the Folklife Center with funds from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, as well as her work on an earlier series, "Battenkill Inspired: The Flow of Creativity, Ingenuity and the River."

July 9, 2020

Sarah Hoffman joined us on Thursday, July 9th at 7pm and we talked about the Lake George Land Conservancy, she shared the purpose and mission of the organization and also about the LGLC's signature fun event, the Hike-a-Thon!


 Sarah talked about the past history of the event, but also how it has changed from its inception and how it continues to evolve in this time of social distancing!

There was a lot of great sharing and teaching about LGLC in this talk!

Past Lectures

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