by Brian Jennings
Did you know that the Ice Industry was once a booming business at Rockland Lake? Hear from the author of ICE! The Amazing History of the Ice Industry at 11a on Sat March 23 in the Community meeting room at the Nyack Library.
Laurence Pringle of West Nyack is the author of over 100 books for children and young adults. His latest book is about that long-ago time, before refrigeration, when people depended on ice from lakes and rivers to keep food and drinks cold and safe.
Harvesting, storing, and delivering that ice to homes, restaurants, etc. was a huge, vital business. Kirkus Reviews called the book “A coolly fascinating, nostalgic glimpse into life as it was over a century ago.” The author used local libraries and archives to help research his book.
Pringle will have artifacts from the ice industry to illustrate points from his talk. He will be available after to sign and sell copies of the book.
Thomas Edison: 1902 Cutting and Canaling Ice from Rockland Lake
This rare film — shot by Thomas Edison in 1902 — shows horses pulling sleighs that cut ice from Rockland Lake. There’s no audio because that whole “talkies” thing didn’t happen for another 25 years when The Jazz Singer was released.