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Long lake historical society gets funding

LONG LAKE - The Long Lake Historical Society is very pleased to accept a generous donation of $10,000 from John and Sandy Seaman of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., in honor of his parents, Frances B. and Howard J. Seaman.

Frances Boone Seaman was the daughter of Frank Boone, manager/caretaker of Camp St. Mary which was a Long Lake summer camp for Baltimore seminarians. She graduated from Long Lake Union Free School in 1930 and the Albright Art Institute of Buffalo in 1942. She married Howard Seaman in 1946. At the time they were both working at Nehasane Park. She wrote of her experiences in the summer of l942 in her book, Nehasane, Fire Observer. Howard Seaman owned a heavy equipment contracting business in Long Lake but is best remembered for his love and expertise in Adirondack guideboats

Mrs. Seaman became town historian in 1980 and wrote historical articles for many years in such periodicals as the "Cloud Splitter" and "North Country Life." She had a great interest in preserving local history and the Long Lake Historical Society was established to further this interest. This donation also represents a shared hope in establishing a permanent museum of early Long Lake life in the Adirondacks.

The Long Lake Historical Society is chartered by New York State and has received official non-profit status from the I.R.S. Annual individual dues are $25.00 and are currently being accepted by President Ray Smith, Box 42. Long Lake, NY 12847 or at his office.

Jeanne Plumley, Town Historian, Jim Kammer, Raquette Lake Historian, and Ray Smith, Records Management Aide, as well as several interested individuals have worked with the Long Lake Historical Society in setting up showcases of early Long Lake life and artifacts. This year's showcase will be held Aug. 14, 15 and 16 at the town hall. The Long Lake Historical Society meets the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Wesleyan Friendship Meeting Room. Monthly meetings have included program on local history presented by Caperton Tissot, author of History Between the Lines, picture presentations by Hilary LeBlanc and discussion of Civil War reenactments by Bob Keough. Tom Bissell, Vice President of the Long Lake Historical Society, has also provided many commentaries on early Long Lake life. Do join the Historical Society and attend our meetings. The next meeting is on May 25.

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