Donald Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake

Event date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
Donald Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome Donald Sanford, author of On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota

On Fourth Lake: A Social History of Lake Mendota, takes the reader on a leisurely cruise around Lake Mendota, Madison’s greatest lake.  The author, Don Sanford, is a Madisonian and long-time Lake Mendota sailor and iceboater.  He spent more than a decade collecting stories, interviewing dozens of past and present Mendota “water rats” and searching for photos that help to tell the story of the people, places, and events that have shaped the lakeshore as we know it today. Today he’ll share some of his collection of stories, photographs, and maps that provide a new and unique perspective of Lake Mendota.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Don Sanford grew up on the shore of Cazenovia Lake where he first developed his interest in boats and social history. He moved to Madison with his wife, Barb, in 1976 to accept a position with Wisconsin Public Television (WPT). Don has served as production manager for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual preservation awards, the Madison Arts Ball, the grand opening of Monona Terrace and the Madison Festival of the Lakes. A Lake Mendota sailor since 1976, Don spends whatever free time he has racing sailboats and iceboats. He is a member of the Four Lakes Ice Yacht Club, past Commodore of the Mendota Yacht Club and Commodore of the International Nite Ice Yacht Class Association. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Masters License and since 2006 he has been a captain for Betty Lou Cruises in Madison. A lover of old boats, you might spot Don on Lake Mendota in Sleepwalk, his skiff featured in On Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s magazine. He has hosted his popular Lake Mendota Celebrity tour for the Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) pontoon boat program since 2007.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218