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Peg Edwards, retiring Lake George historian, named ‘Citizen of the Year’

Lake George Town & Village Historian Margaret “Peg” Edwards talks Dec. 9 about how she enjoys  her work tracking down historical information for area residents and visitors. Edwards was named the 2013 Lake George Citizen of the Year by the village board.

Lake George Town & Village Historian Margaret “Peg” Edwards talks Dec. 9 about how she enjoys her work tracking down historical information for area residents and visitors. Edwards was named the 2013 Lake George Citizen of the Year by the village board. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Also, Edwards would often attend special occasions armed with her camera to record history in the making.

Recently, the town and village received a grant to consolidate the offices under one roof and have agreed to move all records to a newly renovated space in the town offices. A state archive grant is funding 80 percent of the project. The local share of the grant is the dollar value of the labor provided by village and town employees in constructing modern storage facilities.

Margi Mannix, a long-time village resident and granddaughter of former historian Margaret Mannix, has accepted a provisional appointment to assist in the transition while offices are being consolidated, Blais said.

Among the changes to take place is the computerization of historical records in the office.

In the meantime, Edwards will be learning to operate a computer, she said. “My family wanted me to retire,” she said. “But I’m planning to learn about how to run a computer anyway.”

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