The Journey of Diane Struble Swimming Lake George Presented by her daughter, S. Gwenne Rippon
Wiawaka Center for Women : 3778 State Rt. 9L, Lake George, NY 12845
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Come be inspired!
Lake George. Two Women. Two Amazing Feats.
In 1958, Diane Struble became the first person to swim Lake George, bringing national attention that helped launch Lake George into a major tourist destination. She was a self-made athlete at a time when women were not often thought of as such.
In this program, Gwenne Rippon (Diane’s daughter and author of Called by the Water: When Diane Struble Swam Lake George, published by the Lake George Historical Association) shares the story of how she discovered the fascinating details of her mother’s swim: How a person, a place and an idea had come together to create a magical and unforgettable moment in the history of Lake George.
Joining Gwenne for the second half of the program will be Louise Rourke (author of Called by the Water: The Swim to End Polio, published by the Lake George Historical Association) who was inspired by watching Diane Struble accomplish her feat. In 1958, Louise was a four-year-old little girl who had contracted polio as an infant. In 2018, she swam a relay of Lake George with Bridget Simpson and raised a remarkable $120,000 to eradicate polio worldwide.
Swimming has always been Louise’s refuge and she is keenly aware of the privilege of being able to swim in Lake George’s cold, clear, drinkable water when many people worldwide have no clean water to drink.
Lecture & Dinner: $30
Lecture Only: $15