the courtyard of the Woodlawn Commons independent and enriched/assisted living apartments with flowers and decorative stones

Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga Lake


Saratoga County Historian, Lauren Roberts, presenting in Welsey’s Embury Café.

Thank you to Saratoga County Historian, Lauren Roberts, who gave a presentation titled Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga in Wesley’s Embury Café on September 19th. The presentation chronicled the 1930 creation of the Great Sacandaga Lake, New York State’s largest reservoir. Roberts described the early days of the Sacandaga Valley, the reasons behind New York’s decision to create the reservoir and the sacrifices valley residents had to make for the “greater good”. It is a story of heartbreak, rebirth and a remarkable engineering project in its own right. A documentary of the same name was released in November 2017 and funded by the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council. Roberts also discussed the documentary process and showed a few short clips from the film.

This was an Erwin L. Levine Event, which are presented on a regular basis to The Wesley Community’s independent residents and are funded by The Wesley Foundation to honor the memory of its First president, Erwin L. Levine, PhD. The mission of The Wesley Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of our residents.

View the Harnessing Nature trailer below:

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