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Classic Wooden Boat Author to Speak for Glen Haven

This handsome 20-foot Gar Wood sedan was one of the builder's most popular models in 1939. It was spacious and comfortable with a top speed of 36 m.p.h.

This handsome 20-foot Gar Wood sedan was one of the builder's most popular models in 1939. It was spacious and comfortable with a top speed of 36 m.p.h.

— Anthony S. Mollica, Jr. will give an illustrated talk entitled, “Classic Wooden Boats,” to the members and friends of the Glen Haven Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Scott United Methodist Church, 6816 New York Route 41, Scott, New York. The program is without charge, and all are invited to attend.

Tony is well recognized among North American marine museums and classic boaters as a nationally significant author and popular speaker. His primary interest spans the period from the early 1920s through the end of wooden boat production in 1970, and he is best known for his pioneering research on two important American boat builders, Garfield A. Wood and Horace E. Dodge.

His collection of vintage marine photographs, considered one of the most complete of its type, has recently been donated to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. His studies have resulted in the publication of 12 highly-regarded books on classic boats, their builders, and the Thousand Islands region, in particular.

In his Glen Haven program, Tony will describe how American boat builders, including firms like Chris-Craft, Lyman, Dodge, Gar Wood, Century, Hackercraft, and Hutchinson, each approached boat building in its own special way. He will provide a general overview of industry and its impact on boating in this country.

Of special interest to residents of this area, Tony will also discuss the work of the Thompson Boat Company of Cortland and of the Skaneateles Boat Company. He will finish his talk with a quick look at the remarkable growth of the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.

Interesting programs such as this one are scheduled from June through October and are open to all without charge. The Glen Haven School and Public Library, designed by prominent New York City architect Ehrick K. Rossiter, where all activities except the September program are held, has been restored and is now listed on the National and New York Registers of Historic Sites.

The building is open to visitors on Saturdays during the months of July and August, and at other times by appointment. For more information, please contact Bud Jermy at 607/749-4365 or cwj1@cornell.edu.

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