ILCS student film chronicles Adk life

INDIAN LAKE - Indian Lake Central School fifth grade students have been exploring local history and, with help from the Adirondack Museum, finished a video which chronicles the culture and life of Adirondack residents.

"It's important to capture stories before they are gone forever," Adirondack Museum Educational Director Christine Campeau said June 12. "This project teaches students how to listen and learn about their communities through listening."

The film is called Adirondack Tales and was, for the most part, a student directed production.

The fifth grade students created interview questions, filmed the interview and edited the material resulting in a 28-minute dialogue with two longtime area residents - avid outdoorsman Dean Moulton and local business owner Bob Eldridge.

"Anyone who tells you they are not lost doesn't know what they are talking about," Moulton said during his interview which focused on activities like hunting and trapping.

Eldridge discussed what growing up in the region was like in the 1940s and 50s.

"My mother always knew where I was - basically," he said. "The most important thing in life is taking time to enjoy it."

Eldridge said that locals often take a "jack-of-all-trades" approach as season employment typically requires.

Both men said it was an absolute pleasure to come in and work with the students.

The project was the kick-off to Indian Lake heritage week and was made possible by funding from the Stewart's Foundation.

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