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Battlefield Park Alliance Hosts Annual Membership Meeting

Posted: 8/24/2023

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Battlefield Park Alliance Hosts Annual Membership Meeting

The Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance held its annual meeting on Saturday,  August 19 at the Battlefield Park before a large and enthusiastic group of members. 

During the meeting, Alliance President John DiNuzzo reported on the organization's achievements over the past year. Some of the key points from his report include:

  1. Membership Increase: The Alliance experienced an impressive 78% increase in membership over the past 12 months, indicating a growing interest and support for the organization's mission.

  2. Program Success: The Alliance hosted a series of programs focusing on the Colonial history of the Lake George Region. These programs attracted a significant number of attendees, with some events drawing as many as 152 participants.

  3. Visitor Center Attendance: The Battlefield Park Visitor Center saw a rise in attendance compared to the previous year. This increase was attributed to new and popular exhibits, such as the Abercromby’s 1758 flotilla diorama, Native American artifacts, an 18th Century British bateau, and a replica cannon.

  4. Volunteer Contributions: DiNuzzo acknowledged the efforts of member volunteers who worked behind the scenes with the board to develop and execute successful programs.

  5. Upcoming Opportunities: Despite challenges faced by historical organizations, the Alliance is looking forward to several unique opportunities. These include the potential reinterring of the remains of 44 Continental soldiers found in 2019 at Lake George, the upcoming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution, and other ongoing initiatives.

Additionally, the Alliance membership elected new individuals to serve on the organization's Board of Trustees. The elected individuals are as follows:

  • President: John DiNuzzo of Lake George
  • Vice President: Francis Cocozza of Lake George
  • Secretary: Peter Wuerdeman of Queensbury
  • Trustee: Vinnie Crocitto III of Lake George
  • Trustee: Jay Levenson of Ballston Lake

These newly elected trustees will join the existing governing body members: Rosemarie Earl (Treasurer), and Trustees Larry Arnold, Russell Bellico, Todd Earl, Margaret Mannix, Pat Niles, and Bruce Venter.

The meeting concluded with a presentation by Phil Giltner from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Giltner discussed the state's plans for commemorating the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution and highlighted the abundance of Revolutionary sites in New York, which sets the state apart from others in terms of historical significance.

About the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance

The Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance is a volunteer-driven organization of individuals who have an abiding interest in the Lake George Region’s critical role in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. The Alliance manages the Battlefield Park’s Visitor Center and sponsors events throughout the year that educate the public about the site, the Lake George Region, and their unique history. For more information, visit 

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