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Green Lakes Vertical File

     Location: Available in the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: Newspaper clippings and printed materials pertaining to the Green Lakes area, organized under the following subject headings: “Beach & Swimming,” “Bicycles & Trails,” “CCC & POW Camps,” “Creation,” “Expansion,” “Fishing,” “Geology,” “Golf Course,” “Improvements,” “Preservation,” and “Recreation.” Articles date from the early 1920s to the present, and are largely taken from the Post-Standard or the Eagle Bulletin newspapers.

Green Lakes Photo File

     Location: Available in the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: A file consisting of original photographs of Green Lakes dating from the late 1800s to present day. Contains both black & white and color photographs. Subjects documented range from activities such as golfing, swimming, and rowing, to general scenery. The folder also contains pictures from Farmers Picnic, held on August 22, 1894, in what was then known as “Tremain Park.”  These photos were retrieved from glass plate negatives taken by Dr. Arthur B. Rood of Minoa, NY.

Our Town – Green Lakes State Park Binder. 1883-present. Compiled by Nancy Roberts Kepler. 

     Location: Available in the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary:  A binder consisting of newspaper clippings and photographs, both original and photocopies, pertaining to Green Lakes State Park. Newspaper clippings cover the following topics: expansions, changes, and daily goings-on in the park from the 1920s to present; news and personal memoirs about the Almquist family; and news about the Smith family and its local dairy farm. Photographs date from prior to the park’s construction to present, and are a mix of black and white and color. Binder is arranged as created by Nancy Roberts Kepler, and is not chronological.

 

Books:

Cross, Roger. Autumn Leaves: A Collection of Poems. Ed. R. Irving Deihl. Syracuse, NY: privately printed by author, 1971.

     Location: Available in the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: A book of poems written by Roger Cross (1891-1979), including "At Green Lake." This poem, written in 1961, documents the author’s fond memories of working as a toll collector at the state park. Cross owned the land Green Lakes State Park was created on, and worked as a toll collector for 15 years following his retirement.

Francis, Henry R. “A Few Photographs Illustrating the Character of the Proposed Green Lakes State Park.” Syracuse, NY : created by author, 1924.

     Location: Available in the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: Booklet presented at a luncheon held to discuss the idea of creating a state park in the CNY area (luncheon was held on February 1, 1924, in Syracuse, NY).  It is interesting to note the differences between the park this booklet proposes, and the park itself.

Knapp, Betsy. Rocks, Fields, and Beauty Forever: One Family’s Memories of Fayetteville’s Green Lakes.  Fayetteville, NY: privately printed by author, 1989. 

     Location:  Available in the non-fiction collection of Fayetteville Free Library (see OPAC for availability); and the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: A 22-page self-published book presenting Betsy Knapp’s takes on the following topics: the geology of Green and Round Lake; the history of the park; and the personal histories of the Collin/Park/Knapp family, as they relate to the development of the Green Lakes area.  Black and white photos from the family’s archives are included.

Petty, Warren R. “Green Lake State Park.” People and Places: Fayetteville, Manlius, Minoa and Neighbors. Vol. 2. Manlius, NY: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1991. 127-144.

     Location:  Available in the non-fiction collection of Fayetteville Free Library (see OPAC for availability); and the Local History Department of Fayetteville Free Library.

     Summary: This detailed chapter begins with a history of Green Lakes from the 1800s to present, covering topics such as the park’s development by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the development of the golf course, and the role of migrant workers and German prisoners of war. It also discusses geology, covering topics such as glaciation, the origin of the lake basins, and flora and fauna. It ends with a discussion of “the park today.”

Sinotte, Barbara. New York & New Jersey: A Guide to the State & National Parks. Edison, NJ: Hunter Publishing, 1996. 32-35.

     Location: Available in the non-fiction collection of the Fayetteville Free Library (see OPAC for location).

     Summary: This book provides a concise (3-page) entry about Green Lakes State Park, briefly discussing the following subjects: history, topography, flora and fauna, hiking, and facilities.

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