Type of Work: Sport, Recreation, and Tourism

Gerald Heath sits in doorway or windowsill

Caretaker Gerald Heath in Chippewa Bay

Caretaker Gerald Heath sits at Singer Castle on Dark Island, where he worked for a decade. As the caretaker, he lived on the island year-round. Circa 1950s or early 1960s. Chippewa Bay, NY. Photo courtesy of Doug Heath.

Gerald Heath sits on iceboat

Caretaker Gerald Heath with iceboat at Singer Castle in Chippewa Bay

Gerald Heath, caretaker at Dark Island, sits on his iceboat. Heath built the iceboat out of plywood and attached a small airplane propeller to the back. He used the boat to get from the island to the mainland during the winter. Circa 1950s or early 1960s. Chippewa Bay, NY. Photo courtesy of Doug Heath.

Ski instructor Natalie Leduc

Ski instructor Natalie Leduc in Saranac Lake

Ski instructor Natalie Leduc at Pisgah Mountain. Saranac Lake, NY. 1955. Photo courtesy of Natalie Leduc. During the five decades of her working life, Saranac Lake native Natalie Leduc wore a lot of hats: ski, instructor, substitute physical education teacher, rug salesman, lifeguard, swimming instructor, and finally real estate agent. Listen to the highs and […]

George Hare working on Butterfly House in Paul Smiths

George Hare working on the construction of the Paul Smiths VIC’s Native Species Butterfly House. Circa early 2000s. Paul Smiths, NY. Photo courtesy of George Hare. You can read and listen to George’s full story here.