The Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located in the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York is open year round for visitors to explore the history and heritage of winter sports in Lake Placid – the first winter resort in the United States – through artifacts, photographs, and videos.
The museum holds an extensive collection of Olympic materials. Resources include both final reports and result books from Summer and Winter Olympiads along with several Olympic winter sports reference books. Collections also include photographs from the III Olympic Winter Games in 1932 and the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. The archives room houses 750 linear feet of materials from the President of the III Olympic Winter Games Committee, Godfrey Dewey along with the documents from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee.
The Henry Uihlein Collection
The scrapbook featured was created by Henry Uihlein II, a successful businessman and internationally known philanthropist. Uihlein was also a sports organizer and in looking through the scrapbook, it is evident that he had a passion for speed skating, and was an enthusiastic supporter or the skater, Charles Jewtraw, the 1924 Olympic champion. He was also prominent in speed skating organizations on both the national and local levels. He was instrumental in bringing the Eastern Championships of speed skating to Lake Placid in 1914 and the village’s first International event in 1920 when they hosted the International Outdoor Speed Skating Championships. Largely through Uihlein’s efforts, Lake Placid gained world-wide recognition as a skating and winter sports center.
This scrapbook contains an extensive collection of articles, pictures, and objects relating to the speed skating world around Lake Placid and Saranac Lake in the late 1910s and early 1920s. It contains multiple images on Henry Uihlein II, speed skating legend Charles Jewtraw, and other prominent speed skaters of the time period.
Of note in this collection, some of the pages in the scrapbook were blank, but the page numbers in the collection were retained as in the original. Therefore, some pages will not be listed in the collection.