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North Creek Depot Museum embraces skiing history with new ski exhibit

NORTH CREEK - While the North Creek Railway Depot Preservation Association's Depot Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary, members of the association are proud to debut a new exhibit celebrating the rich history of skiing in the town of Johnsburg.

The exhibit, called "Skiing in Johnsburg: A stones throw from train to tow," opened July 11 with a gala to celebrate the unique ways in which skiing has shaped the town of Johnsburg and the surrounding region. Depot Museum director Michelle San Antonio, NCRDPA president Helen Miner, Gore Mountain manager manager Mike Pratt and town of Johnsburg supervisor Sterling Goodspeed were among the guests of honor at the gala. More than 60 other guests enjoyed an evening of history, catered by local restaurants including The Copperfield and Andie's Restaurant.

"We always want to remember how far the mountain has come from its beginning in North River to the Ski Bowl and to Gore proper," said Goodspeed.

The exhibit follows this pattern of growth and honors the people who helped make the mountain what it is today. With a vibrant mural, created by Noah Howard, visually outlining this journey, people like the Schaefer family are showcased as the ones who began molding the ski industry in Johnsburg in the 1930s.

The exhibit is the result of eight months of planning by an advisory committee including Jenny Connelly, Ray Flanigan, Noah Howard, Matt Klippel, Mary Moro and Larry Wilke. It is also generously underwritten by the Rivendell Foundation.

The business sponsors for the event included barVino; Community Bank, NA; Brenda Foley, CPA; Glens Falls National Bank; Barkeater Chocolates; Stork Road Farm and Johnsburg Historical Society.

"The new exhibit reflects how important the evolution of the skiing industry was and still is to the town of Johnsburg," said San Antonio.

The NCRDPA welcomes local residents as well as visitors to stop by the Depot Museum and experience the new exhibit. For more information, call 251-5842 or visit www.northcreekdepotmuseum.com.

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