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Claremont Program Highlights Aerial Photographs

Claremont — Ron Garceau, publisher of SooNipi Magazine and Common Sense Marketing, will present a slide show, “Claremont From the Air,” on Thursday at the Claremont History Museum, 26 Mulberry St.

The free program will begin at about 7 p.m., following the Claremont Historical Society’s annual meeting, which begins at 6:30.

Garceau, a resident of Sunapee for more than 35 years, was born and raised in Claremont and maintains a fondness for the city, the historical society said in a news release. Garceau’s presentation includes aerial photographs of Claremont that were taken in 1949-50 by John Sargent while his son, Babe Sargent, piloted the plane.

Before his death in 2011, Babe Sargent, with Garceau, published a book of aerial photographs of Lake Sunapee, Wild Goose Waters From Above. Two more books were in the planning stages, and they had sorted and labeled as many photographs as they could. With the landscape changing quite a bit over the last 60 years, many pictures were difficult to identify. “Perhaps some audience members will recognize familiar scenes and be able to help with identification,” the release said.

Copies of the Lake Sunapee book will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, check the Claremont NH History Museum’s Facebook page or call 603-542-6454.

— Staff report