Lake Ex­hibit at the Goodrich Li­brary

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - New­port, VT

is all things nau­ti­cal: boating, swimming, fish­ing, and just en­joy­ing our “Beau­ti­ful Wa­ters”. To chron­i­cle the history of our great lake, the Goodrich Li­brary will mount an ex­hibit, from June 22 through Septem­ber 5, high­light­ing boating on the lake from the early days to the present. Boats, rail­roads, ho­tels and the lum­ber in­dus­try, all con­trib­uted to New­port’s “Splen­did Years” of pros­per­ity.

The in­spi­ra­tion for this ex­hibit is a col­or­ful folk art paint­ing of Mem­phrem­a­gog and New­port by Nor­man Bessette, who now re­sides in Cal­i­for­nia, but grew up here in New­port. We ap­pre­ci­ate his gen­er­ous do­na­tion that in­cludes the paint­ing that he cre­ated of sev­eral his­toric boats on the lake and hope he en­joys his visit here this sum­mer.

Dur­ing the ex­hibit high res­o­lu­tion, lim­ited edi­tion, re­pro­duc­tions of A Bird’s Eye­view, New­port, Vt. 1881 litho­graph, will be of­fered for sale. This aer- ial view of early New­port in­cludes both steam­ers: the Lady of the Lake and the Moun­tain Maid. We want to ac­knowl­edge and thank Don Whip­ple, at the Don Whip­ple Stu­dio, for his tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance and gen­eros­ity in the prepa­ra­tion of the prints that will be avail­able for sale as a fund raiser for the Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary.

Quot­ing from Emily Nel­son’s Fron­tier Cross­roads, “Be­ing on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog, the beau­ti­ful thirty-mile-long lake in both the United States and Canada, rimmed by scenic moun­tains and sprin­kled with is­lands, is as plea­sur­able to­day as it was in days gone by.”

Please join us at the Goodrich this sum­mer for a stroll through New­port’s his­toric con­nec­tion with Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog. This ex­hibit is free and open to all dur­ing reg­u­lar li­brary hours ( 10am – 6pm Mon­day - Fri­day, 10am - 3pm Satur­day) For in­for­ma­tion call 334-7902. The li­brary is hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble.

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