Garceau and Sargent give ‘History of the Grand Hotels’

Sunapee Village in 1909
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In Sunapee, history fans are in for a treat Wednesday evening, September 16. The Friends of Abbott Library hosts local history experts Ron Garceau and John “Babe” Sargent who will talk about the history of the area’s grand hotels. The evening will include a presentation of aerial photos of the old hotels, as well. The program will be held at the Sunapee Methodist Church (map) starting at 7 pm; it’s open to the public free of charge.

Garceau is the president of the Sunapee Historical Society and publisher of the SooNipi magazine, which often profiles historic sites and figures from the region. An accomplished artist, Sargent is known for his many paintings that depict Sunapee during the Steamboat Era and grand hotel years. Earlier this summer, Garceau and Sargent in a combined undertaking published a coffee table book An Aerial View of Lake Sunapee, NH: Lake of the Wild Goose. Circa 1949-50.

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  1. This should be a really fine show to bring to the current area residents, the grand hotels that helped Lake Sunapee maintain its great beauty for so many years. The collection of hotel information, pictures and notations from the past should make it an evening well worth seeing. Many of the images of the area were taken by my Great Uncle George Slade, a noted landscape photographer who had studios in Georges Mills, Jackson and Chelsea , Mass and who was active on the Sunapee Scene for many years. For many years, he and his wife Grace visited many sites with his Indian motorcycle and side car. This evening’s show highlighting the combined talents of Sargent and Garceau two talented, well spoken gentlemen, will make it a night to remember. I really am sorry that I can not attend this great and grand event about the grand hotels but urge others who can to make it a point to attend and have a really grand time.

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