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August, 2018

NNY American Canadian Genealogy Conference


The Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society (NNYACGS) Conference will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018, at the Dannemora Civic Center for three days of genealogical talks and research. On Friday and Sunday, the genealogical library will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for free research. Saturday, the 29th is reserved for a talk on DNA testing, and an afternoon French-Canadian music session. The first presentation, starting at 10 am, will be by Ed McGuire, who will speak on DNA Testing. Ed has spoken extensively on the subject and will >>More


July, 2018

ADKX Adds Exhibit On Adirondack Segregation


Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, has announced a new acquisition on view in its Life in the Adirondacks exhibition: a cramped, dilapidated shack, known as “The Closet” that for two summers was home to a young and talented African-American tenor, Fulton Fryar. Through the combined efforts of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, the Seagle Music Colony, and Adirondack Experience, this historic artifact was saved from demolition and will help educate museum visitors about the history of racial discrimination in the Adirondack Park. <img class="wp-image-141030 alignright" src="https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/The-Closet-relocated-to-Life-In-The-Adirondacks-Exhibition-at-Adirondack-Experience.png" alt="The Closet relocated to Life In The Adirondacks » Continue Reading. View original >>More


July, 2018

Richard Gast: Scream for Ice Cream


You know it’s hot outside when you stop by a friend’s home on the 4th of July, he’s got a growler of Township 7 Raspberry Haze ale and a half-gallon of Stewart’s butter pecan ice-cream on the kitchen counter, and he’s making himself a craft-beer float. “Try one!” he said. Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste. But it made me think that something similar may have been the inspiration for Butterbeer, the brisk, inebriating beverage enjoyed by the characters in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels. So, I asked him what the inspiration for his craft-beer float was and he >>More


July, 2018

Great Camp Eagle Island Celebration Planned


Eagle Island, Inc. is sponsoring a celebration of Great Camp Eagle Island on Wednesday, August 15, at 7 pm at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The event will feature award-winning Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren. Eagle Island was designed in 1903 by Adirondack architect William Coulter for Levi P. Morton, the former U.S. Vice President and former Governor of New York. In 1910 the camp was sold to Henry Graves Jr. who donated this Great Camp to the Girl Scout Council of the Oranges, New Jersey in 1937. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003, it was operated as >>More


July, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Battle Re-Enactment This Weekend


Fort Ticonderoga is set to host “Defiance & Independence,” a two-day battle re-enactment on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22. Featuring nearly 500 historical re-enactors, this is the largest battle re-enactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the events of the summer of 1777, when Fort Ticonderoga’s American garrison was defeated by a British invasion force from Canada. Visitors can watch, learn, and experience first-hand as the armies battle across the historic landscape at 1 pm both Saturday and Sunday, during two unique battle scenarios. This two-day battle re-enactment will portray General Author St. Clair’s >>More


July, 2018

John Casilear’s Love Affair with Lake George (Conclusion)


After a stellar 30-year career as a professional engraver of bank notes, artwork, and other items, John Casilear had left the industry to become a fulltime painter, and a very good one — a creator of lovely, detailed landscapes epitomized by artists of the Hudson River School. Even as the popularity of that genre faded and the American art world followed new paths, he was still the frequent recipient of praise and admiration. General assessments of his artistic capabilities were positive, and even glowing. “There are very few artists belonging to the American school of landscape painters who have achieved >>More


July, 2018

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk July 22


A guided walk focusing on the history of the area around the Lake Champlain Bridge has been set for Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1 pm. This event is the first of two “Points of Interest” guided bridge walks offered this year by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Thomas Hughes (NY), historian and president of the Crown Point State Historic Site friends group, lead the tour. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum on the >>More


July, 2018

AARCH to Honor Preservation at Hotel Saranac


Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is set to celebrate preservation successes with a reception at the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake on Tuesday, July 17 from 3 to 6 pm. The event will honor the region’s historic architecture, the power of thoughtful preservation to revitalize communities, and the work of many individuals who have helped used this power to make the Adirondacks a special place to live, work and visit. Guests will have a chance to meet with VIPs (Very Important Preservationists), architects, builders, and chat with regional authors. Individual tickets are $125 per person. Young Preservationist tickets are $40 (ages >>More


July, 2018

Farm, Canoe Tours Set For Camp Santanoni’s 125th Anniversary


Great Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Area in Newcomb, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this summer with special events. This weekend, the Friends of Camp Santanoni will host hourly tours at the historic farm. In August, the Friends are collaborating with Cloudsplitter Outfitters in Newcomb to offer canoe tours on Newcomb Lake. Santanoni Farm Days, on July 14-15, will focus on the history of the 200-acre gentleman farm that once operated in this remote wilderness setting. Tours will be held at 11, 12, 1, 2, and 3 both days to explore the farm’s buildings >>More


July, 2018

Adirondack RR President: Implement 1996 Management Plan


What follows is a statement to the press from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. “A Freedom of Information filing by the attorney for a supporter of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad provided the public comments received by the APA in response to their DSEIS amendment to the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor,” said Bill Branson, President of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. “By a significant majority, the response favored Alternative 1, take no action,” he added. The comments in favor of Alternative 1 are compelling and well reasoned. A consequence of taking no action in this matter is that the 1996 UMP governing this >>More