(January 6, 2005 – Weirs, NH) The Lake Winnipesaukee
Historical Society is pleased to announce a new exhibit
entitled “The Don Keefe Collection,” to date
the largest collection donated to their museum in the Weirs.
Don Keefe, a retired school teacher from Townsend, Massachusetts,
has had a life-long passion for Lake Winnipesaukee, resulting
in a massive collection of photographs, posters, promotional
brochures, postcards and a variety of memorabilia.
“I’ve been collecting items for years, and
now that the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is open, I want to
share these things with others who also love the lake,”
Don indicated. Don started coming to the lake in 1937 as
a child for family vacations and he’s proud to say
he’s “never missed a year since!”
The long history of summer camps on the lake is represented
in the collection. A poster promotes a musical production
by the Campers’ Club of Camp Buena Vista on Sandy
Island. A 1924 booklet about Camp Idlewild and a 1914 booklet
about Camp Winnipesaukee bring to life the activities of
these camps and why they were formed.
Other interesting items include a poster “George
Tarlson and His Broadcasting Orchestra” appearing
at “Brent’s Hall in North Conway,” a 1941
Meredith Village Savings Bank Calendar featuring the old
Mt Washington steamer, dozens of souvenir ceramic items,
and three notebooks of postcards.
The exhibit is presently on display at the Lake Winnipesaukee
Historical Society Museum. The Museum is open year-round,
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and is
located directly on Route 3 in the Weirs section of Laconia,
one mile north of the Weirs Beach sign. For further information,
please contact email@example.com,