The “Wawasee Film Collection”, a DVD featuring three short features filmed on Lake Wawsee in the 1930’s, is now available for purchase at the Syracuse Public Library while the Syracuse Historical Museum is closed for the winter.
The Weaver/Fick Wawasee Film, which was filmed in 1936 on Lake Wawasee and released in 1937, is a very early color film constructed as a travelogue of Wawasee, stopping at many important businesses and landmarks on the lake shore, as well as an emphasis on documenting the sailing, sport and fun on the lake.
The DVD also features two rare promotional film made for the Spink-Wawasee Hotel in the 1930’s to promote the grounds, facilities and amenities of the Spink-Wawasee Hotel. This film features many inside shots of the interior of the Spink at that time, as well as the staff and the orchestra working at the Spink.
All three films were digitally converted from the original film reels in 2012 by the Syracuse Public Library in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the town of Syracuse to benefit the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum. The DVD is $20 and all proceeds go to benefit the Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum to support their important mission of preserving the history of Syracuse and Lake Wawasee.