“French Louie,” born Louis Seymour, is a well-known character in Adirondack folklore who is remembered as the eccentric hermit who resided in the wilderness of the West Canada Lakes region during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Louie spent most of his life as a guide, trapper, and woodsmen, and only came to town once or twice a year.  Regional historian Peter Hemmerich will offer a well-researched and informative perspective on Louie; Hemmerich will discuss Louie’s life and travels, touching upon his journeys into Oneida County and the Mohawk Valley.

Peter Hemmerich taught elementary school for 32 years at Dolgeville Central School.  He is a lifelong hunter, hiker, and Adirondack Outdoorsman, and has hiked and explored the "French Louie" area of the West Canada Lakes Wilderness.  Today, Peter is a Direct Support professional for the Lexington Center.