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Marylee Armour

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Marylee Armour has been a Liverpool resident since 1947, and she also has ties to the Adirondack Mountains. She and her husband, George Armour, spent many summers at their camp on Fourth Lake, where the mail arrives by boat delivery. When the mailboat captain retired, Marylee began taping a series of oral history interviews with him. Twelve years later, she had enough information about early Adirondack history to write and publish a book: Heartwood: The Adirondack Homestead Life of W. Donald Burnap. It has received excellent reviews and is available at public libraries, selected bookstores, and from her website.

Marylee's husband George was an engineer with General Electric. Arriving in Liverpool soon after the end of WWII, they lived in a small apartment and spent three years building a new house on 6th Street, using plans purchased from Better Homes & Gardens. The Armours became friends with other couples who were also busy building nearby homes, turning farmland into a new village neighborhood. Training Girl Scout leaders became a major volunteer project for Marylee, who recalls working at day camps at Onondaga Lake and Alden's Woods. A non-traditional student, she received both her Syracuse University Bachelor's and Master's degrees in later life. Marylee says, "My life has been one adventure after another. I find myself doing things that I never planned."

Running Time: 34:18

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