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New! Growing Up On Lake George

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Growing Up On Lake George 

My latest book is now back from the printer and available, GROWING UP on LAKE GEORGE. For many years I have been gathering together a long list, including historic events, fires, interesting people, the steamboats and humorous stories centering around my “Growing Up” years on Lake George and in Bolton. These stories are universal in their appeal and will strike a nostalgic chord in everyone everywhere, and I’ve included over 200 supporting photographs to help bring these stories to life. Enjoy! Bill

$19.95 plus $4.00 shipping/handling (NYS residents add 7% tax)

New 22 mini-video documentary series on Lake George

New series on Lake George featuring interview with author and Captain Bill Gates:

Lake George on the Water is a series of mini-video documentaries telling the stories of people, places and traditions of the Lake George watershed. The series is filmed, edited  and produced by the Folklike Center at Crandall Public Library staff, consultants and interns, and made available at touchscreen kiosks in public institutions around Lake George.

New Book Coming Out in May 2022. “GROWING UP ON LAKE GEORGE”. Humor, History, Events, Fires, Tragedies, People, many period Photographs, and a bit of a Memoir as well.


New Book by Bill Gates – WWII Diary of William B. Gates

WWII Diary of William B. Gates
WWII Diary of William B. Gates 

Young William B. Gates of Bolton on Lake George, NY joined the United States Navy in 1944 at the height of World War II. Like many young men at the time, he had a strong desire to defend is beloved country against the Japanese who had boldly attacked us at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This book is his personal diary. It covers his time in basic training at Sampson, NY, his assignment to the decorated destroyer STERETT (DD 407), serious action as a gunner defending his ship against kamikaze attacks, and bouts of missing home.
Perfect bound.

Softcover. ISBN# 978-0-9826131-2-2.
$12.95 plus $4.00 shipping/handling (NYS residents add 7% tax)

New Book – 1830 Gates Homestead – Now Available

The 1830 Gates Homestead
The 1830 Gates Homestead 

The 1830 Gates Homestead in Bolton on Lake George is on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. It was built by the Gates family, one of Bolton’s 1790 founding families, and it is still occupied as a private residence by members of the Gates family to this day. The site includes the main home, built in an early Federalist style, two barns, an ice house and a blacksmith shop.
Softcover ISBN# 978-0-9826131-1-5.
$14.95 plus $4.00 shipping/handling (NYS residents add 7% tax)