Karl Jaentsch at his Volkswagen Repair shop. History Center/Provided Photo

Did you know Karl Jaentsch? On Friday, the History Center in Tompkins County is hosting a presentation about the “mechanic extraordinaire” and his Volkswagen Repair garage.

The event will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Friday at the History Center in Tompkins County, 401 E. State St. Suite 100.

Jaentsch died in 2009, but he and his repair shop are remembered vividly by many in the community. Colleagues and friends will provide remembrances of Jaentsch at the event. In a news release, the History Center said “We form allegiances with businesses for many reasons; audience members will be asked to note their connections to current businesses.”

There will be a reading of “What It Is Like Living in Ithaca, New York.” Kathy Morris, photographer, will be there to sign/sell posters. Dick Lourie, poem author, will have something to be read in honor of the occasion.

A sculpture made by Durand Van Doren that helped people find the garage will be on display.
Other speakers include:
Sandy List, customer and friend; wrote about Karl as part of her work in local journalism;
John Mead, employee and friend;
Peggy Haine, customer, friend, and motorcycle-riding student;
Michael Parkhurst, friend;
Fred Doyle, a long-term employee;
And others.

For additional information, contact the History Center at Community@TheHistoryCenter.net or call (607) 273-8284.

Featured image of Karl Jaentsch from The History Center in Tompkins County.

Kelsey O'Connor

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