What were you doing 34 years ago this past February? How about 82 years ago? If you were at the 1980 Winter Olympics, or even the first Winter Olympics that was held in the United States in 1932, then the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid wants you to swing by with your souvenir collection and youthful sense of wonder.
As part of the run-up to the 2014 Sochi Games, Lake Placid is kicking the Olympic-related events into high gear and the High Peaks Resort is doing their part with the Winter Games Memories & Memorabilia Showcase on Friday, Jan. 17, a festival-style event designed to appeal to both memorabilia fans and the casual public alike.
On display at the showcase will be a spread of memorabilia from both Olympic events, said organizer Lori Fitzgerald.
“The idea is to bring back memories,” she said.
The Olympic Museum in Lake Placid will showcase content from their 1980 collection, the North Elba Historical Society will cover 1932 and ORDA is slated to haul over an original bobsled from 1932.
And there is more memorabilia waiting to be discovered.
“There are a lot of things that are out there that the museum doesn’t have,” said Fitzgerald, “and this is what we’re looking for.”
All the promotional materials that people have become accustomed to discarding is now highly sought after, said Fitzgerald, including pins, pennants and other artifacts, like credentials and ticket stubs that awarded entry to the venues.
“We’re certainly not seeing these on any of the inventories,” she said. “And uniforms would also be cool to have, so bring them if you’ve got them.”
What the Olympic Museum does have, said Fitzgerald, is a video that Coca-Cola shot at the 1980 Games to commemorate the event for their staff.
Museum officials found it stuffed into a closet.
The 25-minute video acts as a neat time capsule that captured a cross-section of the Games’ most notable events, said Fitzgerald, including footage from the torch run, Miracle on Ice, the first use of the newly constructed Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run and candid footage of the massive crowds that packed the streets.
“It’s an interesting fashion statement,” said Fitzgerald, “the kind of thing that if you were there, you’d be scanning to see if you anyone you know was there.”
Appraisers will be on hand at the High Peaks Resort to examine collections in an antique roadshow-type setting, said Fitzgerald, and the afternoon’s events will be documented by Mountain Lake PBS for a televised program to be aired shortly after the event.