Investing in the Future, Preserving the Past

Karen Peters Beth Benson Wilmington Historical Society Adirondack Foundation

Karen Peters, left, of the Wilmington Historical Society, and Beth Benson, Adirondack Foundation's Director of Finance and Adminstration.

Through the generosity of a longtime supporter, the Wilmington Historical Society hopes to continue preserving the past by investing in the future.

In January 2014, the Wilmington Historical Society planted the seeds for a fund at Adirondack Foundation that will support maintenance and operations of a brand new historical society building in Wilmington.

The Wilmington Historical Society Fund was established with support from Dennis Keegan. The new building will be named in honor of his parents, Thomas and Ruth. 

Dennis’ parents helped develop Wilmington and are regarded as “pioneers of modern tourism,” according to the Wilmington Historical Society. Together, Thomas and Ruth owned and operated the White Brook Motel.

Dennis first came to Wilmington as a child. He later worked at Santa’s Workshop and then as an organizer for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid. He also served as a colonel in the Air Force.

The new building will have space to accommodate historic society educational programs, a learning center and computers. The Wilmington Historical Society receives 30 to 40 genealogical requests per year and has more than 180 members.

The Wilmington Historical Society, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit institution with an Absolute Charter from the State of New York. Learn more at their website, www.wilmingtonhistoricalsociety.org.