Guide to the Records of the Ford K. Sayre Memorial Ski Council, circa 1936 - 1997Manuscript MS-1171


The Ford K. Sayre Ski Council was founded in 1936, by Ford K. Sayre and his wife Peggy. A Dartmouth graduate with the class of 1933, Ford had discovered his love for skiing while at the college. After graduation the couple became the managers at the Moosilauke Lodge and in order to stimulate business they started a junior ski school. In 1935, Ford became the manager of the Hanover Inn and extended his ski school to not only include the children of guests, but also local children. Called the Hanover Inn Ski School, Ford provided free ski lessons to any interested child at various sites in the area. In the early 1940's, he left Hanover to join the Air Force and was killed in 1944. At the time of his death an acquaintance suggested to Peggy that in lieu of sending flowers a fund be collected in Ford's name so that his enthusiastic and effective interest in children's skiing would be perpetuated. By 1949, the demand for ski instruction was so great that the Community Junior Ski Council was formed to assist Peggy Sayre. By 1950, the JSC and the Ford Sayre Memorial Fund merged their activities into the present Ford. K. Sayre Memorial Ski Council.

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