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WILMINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO PRESENT ---"HISTORIC ADIRONDACK FILMS”—AUGUST 15, 2014Friday, August 15, 7 pm---
Sponsored by the Wilmington Historical Society, “Historic Adirondack Films” will be presented by guest speaker and media specialist James Griebsch on Friday, August 15th at 7 pm. at the Wilmington Community Center. This presentation is a compilation of rarely seen motion picture footage taken in the village of Saranac Lake and the surrounding Adirondacks from the 1920's to the 1960's. Included among the many film clips are downtown scenes when the streets were shared by early automobiles and horse drawn wagons, ice sports, water sports, President Calvin Coolidge's 1926 visit, (then) Governor FDR's 1929 visit to the area, and much, much more. As a local independent film and video director, James Griebsch has been working with the Adirondack Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library to restore and digitize the "Kollecker" film collection; the presentation footage is now shown at its highest quality in full HD Video. In addition to the Kollecker 16mm films, people have come forward with additional 16mm and 8mm footage which is being integrated into the collection.
Born in Saranac Lake, Jim Griebsch is an award winning producer, director and director of photography with numerous film, television, and interactive credits to his name throughout his 40+ year career. He co-founded and owned Heliotrope Studios Ltd., in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, he worked on the feature film Cold River in Saranac Lake. His work has taken him around the world. While Jim continues to travel to Boston to work on a variety of projects with Media Electric Inc., he and his wife Carol have returned to Saranac Lake to live. Jim is a member of the Board of Directors of Historic Saranac Lake.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided by the Country Bear Bakery in Wilmington. For further information, contact the Wilmington Historical Society at 518-420-8370 or email email@example.com .
A New Book-“Wilmington & the Whiteface Region” is here!
Now one of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, Wilmington and the Whiteface Region is authored by the Wilmington Historical Society.
About the book:
While the year-round population of Wilmington has never been more than 1200, it swells to about 3.000 residents on average during the summer months, with 400,000 tourists visiting annually. As a small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Wilmington’s history spans 2 centuries, transforming from its agricultural and industrial roots to a popular four-season tourist resort. We are proud to have been able to put the history of our town into context with our book Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, with photographs and information of interest for residents and tourists alike. The 11 contributing authors of Wilmington and the Whiteface Region, each with a unique area of expertise, are Laurie Bepler, Nancy Cressey, Robert J. Cressey, Gilbert Dyke, Linda Joss-Dyke, Merri C. Peck, Karen Marshall Peters, Robert Peters, Julie Robards, Guy Stephenson Jr., and Douglas A. Wolfe. It is an ideal “memory book” for local past and present residents. We know that residents and others with ties to Wilmington will take pride in re-forming their identity through the history of their town. It makes a unique “souvenir” book for tourists whether they visit one or more of our attractions of Whiteface Mountain, Whiteface Mountain Highway, Whiteface Ski Center/summer gondola ride, High Falls Gorge, and Santa’s Workshop, or whether they come here to ski, fish, hike or bike or just relax and refresh their personal spirit and appreciation of life. We wish to encourage visitors to not just come once, but to return again and again to enjoy all that our town has to offer it can be purchased from the Wilmington Historical Society, at local gift shops and stores, and in book outlets such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Order your copy here
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