Catch it while you can! The New York State Library presents “New York State Winter Wonderland” on display in the glass cases on the 7th floor.
The first two cases highlight posters from the Winter Olympics which were hosted at Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980. The III Olympic Winter Games in 1932 at Lake Placid was the first Winter Olympics to take place in the United States. Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the games on February 4,1932. The U.S. won 6 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 2 bronze medals; winning the most medals that year with 12 altogether. In 1980, the Winter Olympics returned to Lake Placid for the XIII Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. won the gold medal for ice hockey against the praised talents of the Soviet and Finnish teams. Although the U.S. ranked third place in total awarded medals, including 6 gold, 4 silver, and 2 bronze, a total of 12 altogether against the Soviet’s 22 medals that year; the two historic sports events turned Lake Placid into a popular tourist attraction and a cherished New York State landmark.
The last glass case displays posters of popular winter sports in New York State including bobsled runs and skiing. New York State is a great place to be in the wintertime because there is so much to do! Instead of escaping the cold, embrace it by sledding at your local park, skiing or snowboarding down an Adirondack slope, ice-fishing at Lake George, or ice skating at Rockefeller Center.
To learn more about winter sports in New York State visit the State Library. Here are a few titles to get you started:
-New York State winter vacation guide.
New York (State). Division of Marketing, Advertising and Tourism. 2006.
-The story of modern skiing.
Fry, John. 2006.
-To the extreme: alternative sports, inside and out.
Rinehart, Robert E. 2003.