Dr. George will draw from the treasure trove of Collins Lake stories he has collected during his many years of research. There are myths, legends, and true stories; tales of birds, fish, and water chestnuts; the natural history of geology, glaciers, and dredging; the human stories of farms, fishing, ice harvesting, and archaeology. Dr. George is Professor of Biology, Emeritus, at Union College.
Even if you know a lot about the lake there will be something surprising. Be sure to bring your questions!
It was 360 years ago when Alexander Lindsey Glen built his house on the north side of the Mohawk, calling the place Scotia after his native Scotland, and the written history of this lake begins. But its unwritten history has also been told by the archaeology and research done by many professors and students, particularly from Union College. The Collins Lake story starts with the ice age, and much has been learned about how nature has shaped the lake and about the plants and animals that are at home here. The stories also include how humans have impacted the lake and the surrounding areas that have become Collins Park.
The program will be held rain or shine.
The Lions Pavilion is at the eastern entrance to Collins Park on Kiwanis Way. Parking right at the Pavilion is limited, but there is more just past the venue.
This is a Village of Scotia Event, presented by the Village Historian and the Scotia Parks Department.