On Dec. 9, Creekside's Maureen Edson introduced Kihm Winship at its first official signing of his book, "Skaneateles: The Character and Characters of a Lakeside Village." She noted that the book had been the independent bookseller's number one seller, since its release in November.
Edson said, Winship, a copywriter for ChaseDesign, had been writing about Skaneateles' history since moving to the village in 1998; and before the book, he had been published in the Skaneateles Press, among many other publications, and had also written about beer.
Winship addressed the audience and said that ChaseDesign's Tom Riley had said, "I hired you because you are curious in both senses of the word."
Winship said he even agreed with this very accurate summation.
Skaneateles' latest scholar
"I've had a real advantage to the historians and writers that came before me, such as Edmund Leslie, Helen Ionta and Barbara Spain," Kihm said, "Simply because I was lucky enough to get involved at a time when the Internet was making research so easy."
He said with the New York Times archives and Google Books digitized, he was able to read about things people would have had to of stumbled upon, more by chance.
Skaneateles Historical Society member, Sally Holbein had told him that Skaneateles has been spelled different ways over the years.
So, just by conducting searches using "Skeneateles" or "Sceneateles," he was able to unearth some much under-reported data.
Training and support
Winship is a former librarian, having studied library science at Syracuse University, where he met his wife of 30 years and favorite indexer, Laurie Winship at Bird Library. Laurie, who is the director of the Skaneateles Historical Society also majored in Library Science.
"In a previous life, I was a librarian, so I know what search terms to put in to find things," Kihm said.