The new book Called by the Water tells the story of Diane Struble, who swam the length of Lake George in 1958, from her daughter Gwenne’s perspective, including many mid-century Lake George personalities and news articles relating to the iconic event.
Fourteen people have swam the length of Lake George since Struble. This week a 54-year-old Vermont woman who accomplished the feat became the oldest to do so, and did it in the fastest time.
The cover photo is by Carl Heilman II; the introduction is by area historian, author and executive director of the Warren County Historical Society, Teri Podnorszki Rogers.
The Lake George Historical Association is set to host a day-long meet the writer book launch on Saturday, September 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. Gwenne Rippon will be available to sign books and answer questions. This event will be held outside under the museum tent on the Old Warren County Courthouse grounds, 290 Canada Street in the village of Lake George and is free to the public. There will be an open mic throughout the day for speakers who remember Struble’s 1958 historic swim.
Funded by the Touba Family Foundation, this is the first in a Lake George Historical Association book series relating to Lake George and its people, culture, history and events.
The book will be available at the opening event for $12 plus tax. The book can also be ordered by sending $12.84 per copy and include your address and $3 for postage to the LGHA, box 472, Lake George, NY 12845 or call the museum answering machine at (518) 668-5044 to reserve a copy for pick up at the book launch on Saturday.
Gwenne Rippon’s live interview by Teri Rogers and Gary Moon can be found on the LGHA website.