Bernie Slate is a 5th Generation Wellesley Islander (his family goes back to 1849 on Grindstone Island with a history of boat builders and farming along the river).  He attended the one room school house at Thousand Island Park until 1954.  He taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders in Harrisville for over 30 years.  Currently, he operates Heritage Island Antiques & Gifts in the Wellesley Hotel.  He is the deacon at St. Cyril's Church in Alexandria Bay and can usually be found in the Museum on Mondays.  


Carol Gridley nee Lewis's family has been coming to the Park since before she was born.  Her father rented the Maxon's & Benham cottages for several years before purchasing their "Little Cottage" in Crystal Bay in 1937.  Her late husband, Webb, was at least a 3rd Generation T.I. Parker.  His grandfather originally owned one of the Rochester Cottages.  Carol can be found at the Museum on Tuesdays.


Nellie Taylor is a 3rd Generation TI Parker and Founding Member of the Museum.  Her Grandfather, Thomas Mitchell Sr.'s, family moved to Thousand Island Park from Wolfe Island sometime near the turn of century.  Her Uncle, Grant Mitchell, was thirteen at the time of the Columbian Fire and recounts his recollection of that event in a recording at  Her father, Thomas Mitchell Jr., was a local contractor and owner of a Paint and Lumber Shop at the Park for decades.  His rememberences of life along the river in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s can also be found at  Nellie is usually at the Museum on Wednesdays.


Emma French is a 5th Generation T.I. Parker and has been a docent at the Museum for two summers.  She is a sophomore at Potsdam High School where she is President of her class.  She is active in Band, Jazz Band, Artistic Congress, and Speech & Debate.  She also plays Volleyball and her Synchronized Skating Team was 4th in the East this past winter.  She also enjoys playing the piano and photography.  Emma is our full time docent and is in the Museum on most days.


Tom French is a 4th Generation TI Parker, freelance writer, and local amateur historian.  His book, River Views -- A History of the 1000 Islands in 3-D won a Silver Medal for Best Regional Non-Fiction in the Northeast in the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2012.  His work has been featured in Mac|Life, Adirondack Life, North Country Public Radio,, the Watertown Daily Times and other publications.  He is also a member of the band, The Buoyrockers.  In his free time, he teaches 7th grade English.  Tom tries to spend a little time at the Museum every day.

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