The Olympic Regional Development Authority has changed the name of its museum.

Shortened and broadened at the same time, the collection of Olympic memorabilia from across the world is now simply called the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

The title drops date references to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games, which ORDA officials felt limited perception of everything contained in the museum's Olympic Center rooms.

"Visitors to the museum often said the collection represented more than the two Games held in Lake Placid, and we agree that the name should reflect that," ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer said in a statement Thursday.

"The museum's collections have grown over the years to encompass representation from each of the Olympic Winter Games. We felt it was important that the name of the museum mirror the breadth of the museum."

The Lake Placid site collects and preserves Olympic objects, memorabilia and historic remnants celebrating every Olympic Winter Games since 1924.

"That's why the museum worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee to obtain International Olympic Committee approval to change its name to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum," Blazer said.

The museum, in fact, holds the largest Olympic collection in the world, besides what is kept at the International Committee's Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is also the only museum to have received the Olympic Cup — the oldest award given by the international group, Blazer said.

Lake Placid's collection has the first Olympic Winter Games medal ever won: a gold medallion won by Charles Jewtraw, a speedskater and native of Lake Placid.

Displays include recent and past Olympic team jerseys, competition gear and costumes from champions around the world. The name change also reflects the work done to preserve and present the heritage in the spirit of international competition.

"As the presentations have become wider in scope, so has the need to change the name," Museum Director Liz De Fazio said in announcing the new name.

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is seeking full membership in the IOC Museum network, De Fazio said.

"This will bring us closer to that international look and feel."

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum is still in the same location, 2634 Main St., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost of admission is $6 for adults, $4 for juniors and seniors and free for children 6 and under.

Email Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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