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Historical Society looks at tourism

Touring History - The Final “Odds and Ends” winter lecture on April 24, at 7 p.m. at Howard Johnson’s Lake Placid. Speakers are Peter Roland, Jr. and Art Lussi presenting “Leisure, Recreation and Tourism in Lake Placid  and the Adirondacks.” Pictured is a postcard of 1,000 Animals in Lake Placid.

Touring History - The Final “Odds and Ends” winter lecture on April 24, at 7 p.m. at Howard Johnson’s Lake Placid. Speakers are Peter Roland, Jr. and Art Lussi presenting “Leisure, Recreation and Tourism in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks.” Pictured is a postcard of 1,000 Animals in Lake Placid.

— The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society is pleased to announce the final program of its 2013 “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 24 at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in Lake Placid. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. with attendees encouraged to come for dinner at 6 p.m. The final program in the four-part series is “Leisure, Recreation and Tourism in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks,” presented by Peter Roland, Jr. and Art Lussi.

Lake Placid and the Adirondacks have a long history as a destination for leisure and recreation. Through historic photographs this program will look at the beginnings of the Lake Placid tourist industry in the 1850’s and its evolution through the present day. While many things have changed over the years the pursuit of leisure and recreation have been and will continue to be the driving force behind tourism in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks.

The Roland and Lussi families have a combined total of over 120 years experience as innkeepers in the Lake Placid area. Since 1999 Peter Roland, Jr. has been on the faculty at Paul Smith’s College teaching in the Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management Program. Art Lussi is associated with the Crowne Plaza Resort and Golf Club and is primarily responsible for the redevelopment of the former Lake Placid Club property.

All programs offered in the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s “Odds and Ends” Winter Lecture Series are free and open to the public. Please watch for the Memorial Day opening of The History Museum and special events throughout the season. A new exhibit of the Stedman and Moses Collection of historic photographs will open in late May, with an opening reception on Friday June 7.

For more information, please contact the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society at 523-1608 or thehistorymuseum@verizon.net.

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