Lake Placid News Article–Digital Abraham takes on two history projects

Digital Abraham Restoration Project Digital Abraham's leaking roof
Adirondack Gives Roof Project Campaign
Restoration of Digital Abraham Building in North Elba

“Digital Abraham” a 501- C3 nonprofit is archiving and digitizing the North Elba Cemetery and restoring and repairing the building known in the past as the Historic “White Church “ or “Lake Placid Grange” located adjacent to the North Elba Cemetery.

It’s only natural the two go hand in hand. The Digital Abraham offices are located at 4 Barkeater Way and during winter this is where all of the archiving and digitizing takes place.

During our short summer season, you will find our team out in the cemetery taking pictures, checking records and cleaning headstones as they go along.

We have completed photographing seven sections and are now starting on the original “Old Section” of the cemetery hoping to finish before the snow flies.

In restoring Digital Abraham, the team needs to of course start at the top, that being the roof. The building needs a new roof and to be insulated. In the past three years, we have made a few improvements to the inside and outside as our neighbors can attest to as time and money has allowed.

It has been a labor of love and hard work and sweat and tears. We have improved the grounds, made many repairs to the interior like installing hot and cold running water and demolition and cleaning of basement due to extensive water damage and installing an alternate heat source as heating the building is quite costly.

Our ultimate goal is to have a safe, dry, warm place for the community of Lake Placid and North Elba to have an interactive research facility to use for genealogical and historical research and for Digital Abraham to grow and expand. We want to add local history to our cemetery archives and hopefully also archive the other North Elba cemeteries.

We have begun raising funds by applying for grants, participating in the Bottle redemption program at the North Elba recycling center, and through private donations.

We are reaching out to the community to help us raise the rest of the funds we need to install a new roof in the spring. This winter we are going to have to put a tarp over it due to the many leaks. Our neighbors will not be happy. But we need to stay dry.

Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible.

The team at Digital Abraham