• The Sembrich Launches New Digital Exhibit Highlighting Historic Winters on Lake George

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    February 03, 2021
    The Sembrich has launched A Winter at Bay View, its new online exhibit highlighting winter scenes by Lake George photographer Fred Thatcher. Viewers can take a brief wintertime tour of Marcella Sembrich’s lakeside estate Bay View before heading south to explore the winter festivities in turn of the century Lake George Village. The exhibit is a special addition to its current digital exhibition The Thatcher Photos.

    “While we were searching through the Thatcher Archive this past summer, we came across rare negatives of Madame Sembrich’s estate covered in snow as well as several great views of the property,” says Caleb Eick, a curator of the exhibition. “We wanted to share these incredible scenes by pairing them with other winter Thatcher images that celebrate Lake George as a year-round destination, not only a summer retreat.”

    Fred Thatcher was a notable Lake George Photographer who, along with his father Jule Thatcher, documented the history of the Lake George region in photographs from about 1880-1960. In 2010 his archive of photographic negatives was donated to the Bolton Historical Museum. This past summer The Sembrich digitized and preserved a portion of the collection which contained photos of Marcella Sembrich, her Bay View estate, her teaching studio (now The Sembrich), as well as her family and students.

    A Winter at Bay View was curated by Caleb Eick and Lisa H. Hall and made possible by a kind loan of materials from The Historical Society of the Town of Bolton. The exhibit can be viewed on The Sembrich’s website (TheSembrich.org/exhibits) or on the Google Arts & Culture app on any mobile device. Other exhibits in The Thatcher Photos may also be viewed using the same link.

    About The Sembrich
    Experience music, history, and nature at The Sembrich in Bolton Landing. This unique cultural experience features an annual Summer Festival with an exciting mix of world-class musicians, noted musical scholars, a free film series, and the opportunity to enjoy it all on the beautiful shores of Lake George. Listed on the National Historic Register, The Sembrich was once the teaching studio of Polish-American soprano Marcella Sembrich, one of the most famous musicians at the turn of the 20th century. Museum visitors explore her legacy, which includes over 400 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and faculty positions at both the Juilliard Graduate School and the Curtis Institute of Music. With an incredible performance venue, museum, and over four wooded acres of nature trails to explore, The Sembrich offers something for everyone. Visit to experience its unique blend of Music, History, and Nature!

    The Sembrich, 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing, NY 12814
    For more information, visit www.TheSembrich.org or contact us at (518) 644-2431 or Office@TheSembrich.org

    Photo #1: Sembrich’s “Bay View” covered in snow (ca. 1925)

    Photo #2: Sembrich “Bay View”; winter view from the frozen lake (ca. 1925)

    Photo #3: Fort William Henry Hotel toboggan slide (ca. 1912)

    Photo #4: A group of young men with a sleigh; at the intersection of Canada Street and Beach Road looking north. (ca. 1912)

    Caleb Eick