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August, 2019

The Roots Of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors


  In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks. That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations). However, this court (Appellate Division, >>More


August, 2019

Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and Prohibition


State University at Albany History Professor Gerald Zahavi is set to give a lecture on the dynamics of gender and the importance of women in the temperance movement, on Thursday, August 29th, at the Adirondack History Museum. The lecture “Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and the Fight for Prohibition” will look at the early years of the struggle for a “dry” America and the National Prohibition of alcohol following the the passage 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. He will also examine the evolution of male and female drinking habits before and after Prohibition and how women increasingly became comfortable >>More


August, 2019

Local History Project Plans 100th Story Celebration


The Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. Volunteer storytellers have now recorded more than 100 first-person accounts and submitted related images about life in the Town of Keene. Keene residents >>More


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




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