Thursdays in May means it’s time for the History Matters Seminar Series –Tonight Historic Saranac Lake in collaboration with the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society will host their third annual “History Matters” free speaker series four Thursdays in May. Amy Catania is the Executive Director for Historic Saranac Lake. “It makes since to collaborate with the North Elba Historical Society to share knowledge and to pool resources.” Catania said “The speaker tonight is Dr. Bruce Austin, Chairman and Professor of Communications at Rochester Institute of Technology.”
The talk is titled “The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State” He served as organizer and curator for the exhibition “The Arts and Crafts Movement in Western New York: 1900 – 1920.” Austin writes often and for a variety of publications about the Arts and Crafts Movement. The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or “mission,” gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. The talk begins at 7pm, Thursday May 29th, 2014 in the John Black Room at the Laboratory Museum on Church Street in Saranac Lake.