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August, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake


Charles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s. A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2019

Rare Native American Militaria On Exhibit at Fort Ti


Rare Native American artifacts are on display at Fort Ticonderoga in the exhibition “The Art of Resistance: Selections from the Robert N. Nittolo Collection” for a limited time only through October 2019. These items have never been put on view before, and are from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered among the most significant private collections of 18th century militaria. Objects include a rare Native American style bag with quill work and a war club which represent distinctive martial material culture of Native Americans in the late 18th century. These items have a unique artistic vocabulary of Native People, » Continue >>More


August, 2019

Great Civil War Beard and Hairdo Contest


The Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a Great Civil War Beard & Hairdo Contest on Saturday, September 7th, beginning at noon, as part of the Homecoming of the 118th NY Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment. Attendees are encouraged to grow and trim their beard or style their hair in a Civil War era style. Prizes will include tin-type photographic portraits courtesy Glens Falls Art. Photo of Civil War Beard and Hair Styles provided. View original post.


August, 2019

Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment in Lake Luzerne


The 118th NY Volunteer Infantry, the Adirondack Regiment, was formed in 1862 from over 1,000 men from Clinton, Essex and Warren counties. They were present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. While celebrating and memorializing the Adirondack Regiment, re-enactors are set to demonstrate various Civil War period military and civilian impressions in Lake Luzerne during events September 7-8. Food vendors and regional organizations affiliated with Civil War research and historic preservation will be present. The event will feature an encampment by 118th Adirondack Infantry Regiment re-enactors with camp tours and canon fire; a Civil War beard and >>More


August, 2019

Sacandaga River History: Piseco, Lake Pleasant Reservoirs


The Sacandaga River valley has been used as a transportation and communication corridor since before Europeans arrived. It was a native trail, a military road, and a proposed canal and railroad route. Today it’s home to Route 30. The river is a provider of power and recreation, and a powerful force of nature. Just after the Civil War, a N.Y. Canal Board report (known as the McElroy Report) noted the damage along the Hudson River caused from annual flooding and suggested reservoirs upstream for flood relief and water power. Proposals were made at that time » Continue Reading. View original >>More


August, 2019

Antique, Classic Boats Returning to Lake George Village Docks


The Adirondack Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s 46th Annual Lake George Rendezvous has been set for Saturday, August 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Lake George Village public docks on Beach Road. On display will be antique and classic contemporary boats from the early 20th century through today. Visitors can see rare, restored award-winners, including mahogany speedboat runabouts, early double-ended launches, classic Chris-Crafts, Hacker-Crafts, and GarWoods at home on the lake for decades, early outboards and even classic, restored mid-20th century fiberglass models. Children are invited » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2019

Adirondack Preservation Award Winners Announced


Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is set to present its annual Preservation Awards on Monday, September 9 to six recipients that exemplify extraordinary stewardship of individual historic properties and ongoing preservation work in communities across the Adirondacks. The recipients of the 2019 AARCH Preservation Awards are: Laura Finley, for the restoration of the boathouse on 14 Mile Island on Lake George (Town of Bolton, Warren County) and for the Finley family’s long-term stewardship of the island’s historic buildings. Jeffrey Robillard for the restoration and stewardship of Northbrook Lodge on Osgood Pond (Town of Brighton, Franklin County). Dillon Klepetar for the restoration >>More


August, 2019

Warren Co Historical Society Opening New Museum Space


The Warren County Historical Society is officially opening its new museum space with the exhibit “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” at its headquarters located at 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury. The exhibit, a product of two years of research and design, depicts the evolution of Warren County through the lens of cultural geography, showing how the natural resources of the region led to the development of its economy and society. A ribbon-cutting hosted by the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce and debut reception will be held on Thursday, September 12 from 5 to 8 pm. An exhibit of Warren >>More


August, 2019

Plastic Bakelite Documentary Highlights Adirondack Connection


The Indian Lake Theater is set to show the documentary All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic by John Maher, a provocative story about the “father of modern plastics.” Belgian-born chemist and inventor Leo Hendrik Baekeland invented Velox photographic paper as well as what is considered the world’s first synthetic plastic which has been used for everything from jewelry to communications equipment. Baekeland’s 1907 invention ushered in an explosion of new man-made materials that helped mark the beginnings of the modern industrial age, and changed our way of life. What is less known is that Baekeland had a major connection >>More


August, 2019

Long Lake All Years Class Reunion, Celebration Planned


Plans are underway for a four-day all class inclusive Long Lake Central School reunion and town celebration on Thursday, September 12th, through Sunday, September 15th, at a variety of venues in and around the Long Lake area. This event, initiated by the Class of 1969 to celebrate their 50th reunion, also includes alumni from all the graduating classes from Long Lake Central School and residents of the Long Lake Community. Barbara Cragg Kiefer, Class President of Long Lake Central School Class of 1969 chairs the 2019 Reunion Committee. Planned events include a Santanoni Wagon Trip, Trivia Night at the Adirondack >>More