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Trudeau Institute and HistoricSaranacLakewelcome Peter Lawson-Johnston, a fifth-generation member of the Guggenheim family, who will be discussing his memoir, “Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise,” on Wednesday, September 12, in the John Black Room of theSaranacLaboratoryMuseum. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm and Lawson-Johnston will give a brief lecture at 6 pm. He also will be available to sign copies of his book following the lecture.
A grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, since 1964 Lawson-Johnston has been a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which currently operates Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao (Spain) and Berlin (Germany), along with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy). He is presently honorary chairman of the foundation.
A graduate of theLawrencevilleSchooland theUniversityofVirginiaand a former reporter for theBaltimoreSun, Lawson-Johnston has also served as a senior partner at his family holding company, Guggenheim Brothers, since 1971, having joined the firm as a partner in 1962. He has also been a director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation since 1968 and its chairman since 1971.
Walter Cronkite described Growing Up Guggenheim, first published in May 2005, as a “book of extraordinary and surprising revelations by a Guggenheim about the private lives of that fabulous and opulent family.” And William F. Buckley Jr. called Lawson-Johnston’s memoir a “splendid book, original, readable, dramatic, and instructive.”
Guggenheim built the Guggenheim Camp onLowerSaranacLake, which he owned from 1917 to 1963. He also acquired the famed Algonquin Hotel, which was located on an adjacent property, and donated it to the Trudeau Institute, which replaced the structure with their present building in the late 1950s.
The event, co-sponsored by the Trudeau Institute,HistoricSaranacLakeand local resident Lilo G. Levine, will conclude at approximately 7 pm and is free the public. TheSaranacLaboratoryMuseumis located at89 Church StreetinSaranacLake.