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Elizabethtown, NY – It will be “Christmas in July” as The Adirondack History Center presents the second in its weekly summer lecture series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening, July 15 at the museum in Elizabethtown.
“Santa’s Workshop – How It Came To Be” will look at the how the idea for a theme park that was Santa’s summer home moved from imagination to reality. The popular attraction opened in 1949 and was one of the country’s first theme parks. It was a collaboration by founders Julian Reiss, Arto Monaco and Harold Fortune.
Presenter Bob Reiss, a lifelong resident of Lake Placid, was one of the original stockholders of Santa's Workshop and became active in its operations in 1964, retiring in 2002.
Advance reservations for the lecture are not required. Admission to the lecture is $8 for the general public, $5 for museum members. The Adirondack History Center Museum presents lectures on topics relevant to the Adirondacks each Tuesday evening in July and August. This season’s series, as well as two of the museum’s exhibits, focus on the growth of tourism in the mid-20th century.
The Adirondack History Center Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day until October 13. Admission is $5, with discounts for seniors and students. Children under 6 are admitted free. Additional information may be found at www.adkhistorycenter.org, or by calling 518-873-6466.