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Guggenheim heir will discuss memoir, sign books

September 12, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Peter Lawson-Johnston, a fifth-generation member of the Guggenheim family, will discuss his memoir, "Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise," this evening in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum.

The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and Lawson-Johnston will give a brief lecture at 6 p.m. He also will be available to sign copies of his book following the lecture.

A grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, since 1964 Lawson-Johnston has been a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which currently operates Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao (Spain) and Berlin (Germany), along with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (Italy). He is presently honorary chairman of the foundation.

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A graduate of the Lawrenceville School and the University of Virginia and a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Lawson-Johnston has also served as a senior partner at his family holding company, Guggenheim Brothers. He has also been a director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

Local residents are encouraged to attend the event and share with Lawson-Johnston and his daughter, Mary (Mimi) Lawson-Johnston Howe (vice president of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection), any personal experiences they may have had with philanthropist Edmond A. Guggenheim, who helped supervise his family's copper holdings for nearly 50 years and summered in the Adirondacks. Guggenheim built the Guggenheim Camp on Lower Saranac Lake, which he owned from 1917 to 1963. He also acquired the famed Algonquin Hotel and donated it to the Trudeau Institute, which replaced the structure with their present building in the late 1950s.

The event, co-sponsored by the Trudeau Institute, Historic Saranac Lake and local resident Lilo G. Levine, will conclude at approximately 7 p.m. and is free the public. The Saranac Laboratory Museum is located at 89 Church St. in Saranac Lake.

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