What is an NEA Big Read Project


The Schroon Lake Central School received a Big Read grant of $8,600 through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Our partners are the Schroon Lake Public Library and the Schroon Lake - North Hudson Historical Society.  A total of 74 grants were awarded in 2017 to organizations around the country, and Schroon Lake was one of only two school districts to be chosen. We are planning a variety of events and activities based on the book, True Grit. Our project will kick-off on April 20 and culminate with the Frontier Festival on May 19.


NEA Big Read was created to broaden the understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.  Copies of the books will be distributed to encourage adults and young people to participate in book discussions and events. All books and events will be free of charge.


As you may know, Schroon Lake/North Hudson has a connection with Frontier Town, the former wild west amusement park.  In order to capitalize on our frontier heritage, our NEA Big Read revolves around the classic western True Grit.  The schedule of activities is attached.


Schroon Lake is a beautiful and historic town and some events will highlight the town’s heritage.  The Lantern Tour, run by the historical society, will loop around downtown and stop at historic buildings and locations.  Reenactors will bring history alive by talking about what life would have been like back in the 1800's.


The Frontier Festival will be particularly interesting as we plan to reenact some of the best features and events of Frontier Town.  The festival will also include country/blue grass music, square dancing, a wild west juggling and unicycling show, a farm yard animal display, and much more.


For more information go to https://www.arts.gov/partnerships/nea-big-read