LAKE GEORGE Busy in her compact office in the Lake George Village hall Dec. 9, Margaret “Peg” Edwards opened a letter inquiring about an early-1800s artist that may have resided in Lake George.
“People contact me, trying to find out about a relative, and I conduct research, trying to connect the dots — but you don’t always get the dots to work with,” she said.
Edwards, 80 years young, is retiring effective Dec. 31 as Lake George Town and Village Historian — a position she’s held for the past quarter century.
Edwards said the time has flown past since she started in 1979 as the municipalities’ official historian. She took on the post after former historian Lee Montena, a friend at church, asked her if she would like to take over for her.
“I didn’t believe I had worked for 25 years until they told me,” she said. “I really enjoy reviewing old photographs and manuscripts.”
In honor of her many years of service, the Village of Lake George has named Edwards the 2013 Lake George Citizen of the Year.
This week, Village Mayor Robert Blais praised Edwards for her many years of tracking down historical and genealogical information for others.
“Peg is certainly deserving of the award,” he said. “She’s been a very diligent, reliable and dependable source of information about our community, and she will be sorely missed,” he said.
Edwards said she was drawn to the position because she always had an interest in history. She noted that throughout her life, she enjoyed reading historical non-fiction.
“I was born in a historical place, so it was natural for me to enjoy history,” she said.
Edwards has been working in both the town and village offices maintaining historical data — housed in separate buildings — relating to each municipality.
Her collection of photos, newspaper articles and memorabilia has brought bygone days to life for so many people with local ties, Blais said. She’s also answered thousands of inquiries from residents and visitors over the years.