Historical Society Showcase in Long Lake NY

Long Lake Historical Society Welcomes Sidney Whelan

Sidney S. Whelan, Jr. will be presenting a lecture and slideshow on Arpad Gerster for the Long Lake Historical Society exhibition to be held on Friday, August 5th. The lecture will be a the Long Lake Town Hall at 7pm.

Whelan will be discussing the history of Gerster based on his book Notes Collected in the Adirondacks 1895 & 1896, the Fishing and Hunting Diary with Insights of a Physician, Scholar, and Humanist, acclaimed by Bill McKibben, Nelson Bryant, and Nick Lyons, and many others.

A surgeon who practiced at Mt. Sinai in New York City in the late 1890s and early 1900s, Dr. Arpad Gerster, Hungarian by birth, was also a sportsman, linguist, and an artist. Both diaries chronicle his visits to the Adirondacks, where he had camps at Raquette Lake and later Long Lake.

Gerster’s vivid, often humorous observations of nature and people, his delight in the outdoors, and his drawings and etchings offer a larger portrait of the Adirondack region in the age of William West Durant, Great Camps, railroads, and the beginning of the conservation movement.

Illustrated with Gerster’s own work as well as maps of the region from the 1890s, the latest book contains an interview with Dr. John C. A. Gerster, Dr. Arpad Gerster’s son, and a detailed index covering both volumes. Mr. Whelan will have copies of the book available for sale at his lecture on Friday evening.

In addition to Sidney’s lecture on Friday evening, the Historical Showcase will feature old photos of Camp St. Mary, Images of Long Lake men and women who have served in the military and a 100 year history of The Adirondack Hotel in photos. Saturday night at 7pm, Ray Smith will be presenting a slideshow.

The Long Lake Historical Society Showcase will be at the Long Lake Town Hall Friday, August 5th 6pm, with lecture and slideshow at 7pm. It will be open on Saturday, August 6th from 1pm with a slideshow at 7pm and open on Sunday, August 7th from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free and contributions are welcome. Call 624-5374 for more information.