The artist, Arthur Fitzgerald Tait, moved to Long Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks in 1874. Tait, his wife and her half-sister first resided in summer in an elaborate lean-to on South Pond near Long Lake, bathing and dining at Palmer’s House in Deerland. Later Tait purchased 100 acres and built a home on the west shore of Long Lake near the present-day bridge. Two of his sons were born in Long Lake. The Helms and Palmer families were close to the Tait family. Mrs. Helms helped deliver the Tait babies. Tait was considered a member of the Long Lake community and was appointed by the Town Board to serve on a committee to investigate allegations made against the Town Supervisor. Further investigation proved no wrongdoing by the accused and the matter was dropped.
On Friday evening August 17th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., Caroline Welsh, Director Emerita of the Adirondack Museum will give a talk on Tait and his Adirondack paintings many of which were painted in the Long Lake vicinity. Long Lake Historical Society and the Town of Long Lake are sponsors of the annual “Historical Showcase” in the Long Lake Town Hall. After the lecture Mrs. Welsh will sign copies of her book “The Adirondack World of A. F. Tait” with contributions by Laura S. Rice and Katherine W. Baumgartner, and published by The Adirondack Museum. All are welcome to attend the lecture and to enjoy the Historical Society’s exhibit of farm, mining, trapping and carpentry equipment used by early families of Long Lake. Photographs of Long Lakers, both summer and year-rounders, who have served in the military will be on view. Information and photos of a nationally prominent Long Laker serving in the Obama administration will also be displayed.
On Saturday evening, August 18th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., Chris Jennings Blumberg, Long Lake School Board member, will offer a program on the history of the Schools, Teachers and Students of Long Lake. The complete schedule of events follows:
Friday 8/17/12 – Exhibit opens at 6 p.m., Tait lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday 8/18/12 – Exhibit and Historic Society Annual Meeting open at 1 p.m. and School lecture at 7:30 p.m.