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Schroon River history lecture slated for Jan. 20

WARRENSBURG - Mike Prescott, a state licensed guide, will offer a presentation titled "Armchair Paddler of the Schroon River" on Thursday Jan. 20, to the Warrensburgh Historical Society. The event will be held at Grace's Restaurant, 3 Hudson St., beginning at 7 p.m.

The Schroon River, which flows through Warrensburg and serves as part of the town's eastern border, is more than 60 miles long, and part of the Hudson River watershed. The history of human interaction with the Schroon River is rich with stories of Adirondack logging, industry, tourism, and community development.

Prescott's talk will be illustrated with vintage photos and postcards, as well as contemporary photography that shows what a paddler today would experience along the river. Also included will be discussion of the Warrensburg industries powered by the Schroon and the two major dam proposals, which, had they been built, would have drastically changed the landscape of towns to the north of Warrensburg, and should they have failed, would likely have wiped out the entire hamlet of Warrensburg.

Prescott is a retired school principal. He spent 34 years working with young people, first as a history teacher and then as a secondary school principal. Mike is an enthusiast of the history of Adirondack lakes, rivers, and streams.

The program is offered at no charge. Beverages and homemade desserts will be served. Grace's Restaurant is named for the late Grace Merrill Magee, a member of the Griffin family which discovered the great opportunities afforded by the area and its two rivers in the late 18th century.

For details, contact the society at whs7396@yahoo.com or call 623-2207. The public is welcome to attend.

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