Our Squam Speaker Series is held once a month on Wednesday evenings. Join us for this month's talk on Wednesday, March 11th, to meet author Ron Guilmette, who will discuss his most recent book, The Islands of Squam Lake. Books will be available to purchase and Ron will gladly sign them.
About the book: Located in the scenic heart of New Hampshire just south of the White Mountains and a few miles northwest of the much larger Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake has served as a quiet summertime destination for New Englanders for more than a century.
Made popular as the filming location for the movie “On Golden Pond” in 1981, the lake was originally known by Native Americans as Keeseenunknipee, meaning “the goose lake in the highlands,” and by the early 19th century was given another Abenaki name, “Asquam”, meaning “water”, which was later shortened to its present name, Squam.
Based upon the success of his 2014 book, The Islands of Winnipesaukee, author Ron Guilmette began a kayak adventure to visit all 30-plus islands located on Squam, documenting his journey with stunning photographs of all the unique locations around the lake, plus dozens of aerial images taken from a helicopter and with the use of a drone.
The Islands of Squam Lake captures the wonderful flora and fauna native throughout the islands... a testament to the natural serenity that can be found quietly paddling around its waters.
About the Speaker:
Ron Guilmette was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He started kayaking with his brother Tim and friends, renting kayaks for 25 cents an hour on the Shawsheen River in Andover when he was 10 years old. Ron has since done extensive kayaking with his close friend Red McDonald to the Isles of Shoals, six miles off the coast of New Hampshire, and with a guide in Bar Harbor, Maine. He also kayaked, with a guide, through the 10,000 islands in the Everglades National Park in Florida. In 1994, Ron and his nephew, Jay Leccese, kayaked to all 260 islands on Lake Winnipesaukee and published the award winning coffee table book, The Islands of Winnipesaukee. Ron retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 31 years of service on the Massachusetts State Police. In 2015 he edited and published the Massachusetts State Police 150th Anniversary Book and in 2017 he wrote and published The First To Serve, a historic account of the first ten years of the Massachusetts State Police 1865 to 1875. In August 2018 he published The Massachusetts State Detective Force, a historic account of the state detective force from 1875 to 1879. Ron most recently published The Massachusetts District Police, a historic account of the state police from 1879 to 1919. He lives in Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts with his wife Ann Marie and they have four children and five grandchildren. He enjoys golfing with several of his retired trooper friends, kayaking with his friends and family off Salisbury Beach and spending time with his five grandchildren.
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