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Presidents' Day Program: Ernest Ameden

JOHNSBURG - Back by popular demand - local historian Milda Burns will present a program entitled "Ernest Ameden: North River Hamlet Photographer" at the Wevertown Community Center on Monday, Feb. 15. The event, sponsored by the Johnsburg Historical Society, celebrates Presidents' Day and will take place at 2 p.m.

Among the artifacts to be displayed by Burns are 50 Ameden photos from glass slides and many examples of postcards created from Ameden images. The subjects of the photos include scenes from Schroon Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Brant Lake, Hooper's Mines, and North River residents.

Ernest Johnson Ameden moved to North River in 1901. He is remembered not only for his gifted photography but also for his service as postmaster in North River for more than 40 years. After his death his wife Ella and children continued the tradition, serving the Post Office there for many more years.

The resourceful Ameden family also ran a general store in North River for 45 years. Dry goods could be purchased there as well as groceries, Majestic electric radios, and treats from the soda fountain. Burns, a loyal childhood customer, often visited the Ameden store to purchase a Fudgesicle and to collect her parents' mail.

The entertaining Burns will share memories of the Amedens driving in their family Packard on the Main Road or of the family presenting a wedding gift of Bavarian china to the newly married Mr. and Mrs. James Burns in 1950. The program is free and refreshments will be served.

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