Upcoming events provide insight into what stewardship of the lake means today
Organizations around Lake George will host a series of events throughout the summer of 2022 to celebrate the launch of “water stewards”, a book that shows the work of people and organizations – past and present – whose focus was and is to protect the crystal clear waters of Lake George. The book’s 10 chapters were written by a variety of authors with expertise in the chapter topic. Local artist Tom Ryan created stunning individual watercolors for each of the chapters, as well as the front and back covers of the book.
For all those interested in the history, current status, and future of environmental protection in Lake George, this book is a must-read. Devotes chapters to notable administrators of the past: Seneca Ray Stoddard, John Apperson, Irving Langmuir, the Loines family, and Frank Leonbruno. It also covers the work of today’s institutional managers: the Lake George Association, the Lake George Waterkeeper, the Lake George Park Commission, and the Lake George Land Conservancy. One chapter is based on interviews with city leaders, who are responsible for strengthening and enforcing city codes that protect the lake, while another focuses on today’s grassroots managers, who are working to raise awareness. about threats to Lake George’s water quality and combating them. As the book points out, “The need for citizen engagement around the Lake George Basin, the country, and the world is perhaps more acute than ever.” The book also does not shy away from controversies of the past, including the effects of DDT and the regulation of the lake’s water level through the dam at Ticonderoga.
The Assembly Point Water Quality Coalition, publisher of the book, co-organize a book launch in June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lake George Historical Museum, 290 Canada Street in Lake George. Local officials will speak during a special presentation from 11 am to noon. (Watch for a separate press release with more details on this event.) Local musician Hui Cox will preview a piece of music related to a museum-sponsored climate project and artist Tom Ryan will exhibit paintings he created for the water stewards book.
At the annual meeting of the Hague Historical Society on June 29 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center in The Hague, Ginger Henry Kuenzel will discuss the history of stewardship at Lake George, as documented in the book, and the importance of individuals and communities continuing this work today. She will also provide information on the actions, large and small, that each of us can take to ensure that we are good stewards of the lake. Other Ginger presentations on these topics are scheduled at Watson Hall at Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center on July 19 at 8 p.m. and as part of the Darrin Fresh Water Institute Virtual Lecture Series on July 25. He will also talk about the book in The Book Warehouse at Outlets of Lake George on Route 9 in Queensbury on July 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Ginger wrote the chapter on Frank Leonbruno in water stewards and co-author of Frank’s beloved book Lake George Reflections.
The Warren County Historical Society will host a book launch on July 16th 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warren County Historical Society a 50 Gurney Lane in Queensbury. On hand for the event will be Teri Podnorszki Rogers, Executive Director, Warren County Historical Society and author of the book chapter on the Loines family, and John Strough, Queensbury City Supervisor. Artist Tom Ryan also plans to exhibit paintings of himself that he created for the book.
The Bolton Historical Society will host a book launch event on August 4 from 6 to 8 pm at the Bolton Historical Museum, 4924 Lakeside Drive. Special guests from Bolton and the surrounding area will be on hand to share memories of past managers and talk about how we can protect Lake George for the future.
water stewards it is available at local bookstores and local museum bookstores. It will also be available at the events listed above. Additionally, originals of Tom Ryan’s watercolors for the book will be on display at select events.