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Author Len Gereau will speak about his book, “Tahawus Memories,” as part of Long Lake Historical Society’s Historic Weekend in Long Lake Aug. 15-16. (Photo submitted)


Historic Weekend coming up in LL

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Updated: 8:37 PM

LONG LAKE -- Long Lake Historical Society's annual Historic Weekend will be Aug. 15 and 16.

Saturday, Aug. 16, slide shows will feature the summer of 1984 and the Community Choir Concert from December of 1984. This program will start at 7:30 p.m. at Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main St.

But first, author Len Gereau will appear at Town Hall to give a slide program on the unique Adirondack community Tahawus, based on his book, "Tahawus Memories," Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Gereau will also sign copies of his book, which will be sold there. All profits will go to the Tahawus Legacy Education Fund that will award college scholarships to descendants of the residents of Tahawus.

Growing up in the little village of Tahawus, Gereau is in a unique position to tell the story of the little town that materialized in less than a year in response to the need for titanium during World War II.

The mine closed in 1989, but Gereau had moved on before then. He became a history teacher, then superintendent of a school in Virginia and head of a summer camp for children, Camp Onondaga here.

Gereau has interviewed more than 200 people and collected pictures from Newcomb Historical Society, National Lead, University of California, Stan Lalonde, the Cloudsplitter, Long Lake Historical Society and many other sources.

Adirondack Museum School Programs Manager Christine Campeau has high praise for Gereau's effort. "The story of Tahawus is a significant aspect of regional history that spans decades. Len's thorough research delves into a previously uncultivated era," she says.

This program is open to the public at no charge. Come hear about an important part of Central Adirondack history.


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