A Photo History of the Catholic Summer School in Cliff Haven, NY

September 27, 2022


Lake Forest Senior Living Community, 8 Lake Forest Drive, Plattsburgh

The Catholic Summer School of America was both a vacation and religious destination for Catholics throughout New England during the early to mid-twentieth century.  Establishing a permanent home on the shores of Cliff Haven in 1896, during its hey-day, the school had over 14 cottages and accommodated more than 1,500 people during their busiest summer seasons. Weekly lectures by renowned papal authorities and university instructors drew in an even wider daily audience with up to 7,000 to10,000 attendees per summer session. When the School was fully developed, it boast edits own railroad and trolley stations, a dock large enough to accommodate steamers, a golf course, a post office, and more, making the School a Town within itself.


Roger Black, who uncovered and documented the Summer School photos in the CCHA collection, will share these photos and present the School’s unique history. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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