Emma is a 5th-Generation T.I. Parker and has been a docent at the TIP Museum for seven summers. She graduated from Potsdam High School as President of her class in 2020.  She is a junior at Boston University’s School of Communications where she hosts a radio show and works on the sets of student films. Her film work has been featured on Adirondack Explorer and Mountain Lake Journal of Mountain Lake PBS and at TAUNY in Canton, NY.  Emma is a full time docent and is in the Museum most days, usually with a book.


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.  He is the deacon at St. Cyril's Church in Alexandria Bay and can usually be found in the Museum on Fridays.  


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, ThousandIslandsLife.com, the Watertown Daily Times and other publications.  He is also a member of the band, The Buoyrockers.  Tom tries to spend a little time at the Museum every day.


Mary Lou Scheffield is a second generation Wellesley Islander. Her family settled in at Hutch’s Haven on Brown Bay in 1978. Her father, Robert Hedden, founded Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region (PAPTIR) in 2009 to promote painting in the outdoors and has an art studio in Hutch’s Haven. As a teenager, Mary Lou frequented movie nights and attended church services at the Tabernacle. Special memories include cross country skiing to Boldt Castle, ice skating around bon fires, and ice fishing on bitter cold weekends. Mary Lou enjoys sailing, scuba diving, and rowing. She works as a Physical Therapist and is a long time scout leader bringing her scouts to Wellesley island for ice fishing, canoeing and the International Brotherhood Camporee. 


Joe Bourdow is part of the Cahill Clan from the little red cottage at the corner of Coast and Rainbow.  His wife is Marylou.  Although Joe is only at the Park for a couple weeks each summer, he spends many of those days at the Museum.  He recenlty unraveled the mystery of the float plane picture taken at the Main Dock.

Kai Preminger is 3rd-Generation T.I. Parker.  His family, the Bornhursts, have owned the corner Rochester Hotel Cottage for almost 50 years.  He’s a rising senior at the Crossroads School for the Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California.  He is President of the QSU, tutors kids for Computerized Classmates, and coaches soccer to 8 and 9-year-olds.  He is also an ambassador for his high school.  He enjoys graphic design, gardening, and dogs.  Kai a full time docent through July.

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