LACONIA – Author and historian, Carol Lee Anderson, will return to the Lake Winnipesaukee Museum on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m. to give a presentation on the life of Meredith cartoonist Bob Montana.
The museum is located at 503 Endicott Street North (Route 3) in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot.
Anderson will talk about Montana's life beyond Archie, including his road to success and the Lakes Region connection to the Montana's famous comic strip.
Anderson, who authored the book titled, "The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip," conducted extensive research on Montana's life. The book chronicles the cartoonist's life, from his boyhood days spent in vaudeville, his creation of the characters in the comic Archie, to his many contributions to the town of Meredith, as well as many organizations throughout the state.
Montana became one of America's greatest and most beloved cartoonists. The antics of the rambunctious teenagers of the fictional Riverdale High that fill Montana's Archie comic strip are reportedly based on his high school years in Haverhill, Massachusetts. However, Montana spent his senior year at Manchester High School and became a resident of Meredith in 1946. He lived there all of his adult life, creating the comic strip from his home on Meredith Neck.
Anderson will have books available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Anderson's first book, "The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains," was published in 2011 and won the prestigious Skade Award from the International Skiing History Association. After publishing the book about Bob Montana, she recently published, "A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia's Industrial Heritage," which will now available.
The presentation is free to members of The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society and $5 for non-members with all proceeds going to benefit the Historical Society's ongoing renovations.