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July, 2019

Stillwater Fire Observers, Forest Rangers’ Relatives Sought

In preparation for the centennial of Stillwater Fire Tower, the tower’s friends group is searching for Stillwater Fire Tower Observers, Forest Rangers, and their relatives. The centennial commemoration will be on Saturday August 24, 2019 beginning at 10 am at the tower. At noon a question and answer session will be held at the trailhead parking area on Big Moose Road. The Fire Observers at the Stillwater Tower were: Eugene Barrett, 1912-23; Charles H. Ward, 1924-25; A.D. Petri, 1926-27; Clarence Rennie, 1928-39; Theodore Jarvis, 1940; George A. Clair, 1940-64; Kenneth M. Hite, 1964-74; Larry Combs, 1975; Gary Kincade, 1976; Jim >>More

July, 2019

Film Classics at Schroon Lake’s Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre in Schroon Lake has announced two nights of classic film screenings, set for Monday, July 29th, and Monday, August 12th. On Monday, July 29, at 8 pm, the 2019 edition of “Summer Classics @ the Strand” opens with an evening of three silent comedy shorts starring one of the most physically daring actors ever to perform in movies — Buster Keaton — with live piano scoring by Ben Model, resident film accompanist at the Library of Congress and New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. The films One » Continue Reading. View original post.

July, 2019

Amy Godine on John Brown Pilgrimages, Lake Placid Club

Adirondack Life contributor and independent scholar Amy Godine is set to track the history of pilgrimages to abolitionist John Brown’s North Elba grave and home, with an emphasis on the yearly visits of the John Brown Memorial Association from Philadelphia and the exclusionary Lake Placid Club. From 1922 into the 1970s, black activists gathered at Brown’s shrine to honor his May birthday with speeches, sermons, and song. People in Lake Placid participated too, spurning the segregationist culture of the Jim Crow era. Of special interest to Godine is the complicated relationship of the black city pilgrims with the notoriously exclusionary >>More

July, 2019

Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration

Historic Saranac Lake is set to host a presentation, “Saranac Lake, Science, and Space Exploration,” by Barry Ressler on Saturday, July 20th, from 7 to 8 pm, in the John Black Room at the Saranac Laboratory Museum. Ressler will share about his family’s roots in Saranac Lake and his own fascinating career in science, medical technology, alternative energy, artificial intelligence, and space exploration. Barry Ressler’s uncle was Benton Ressler, an actor and stockbroker who came to Saranac Lake for the fresh air cure in 1938. Benton settled in the village and became active in » Continue Reading. View original post.

July, 2019

Canal Schooner Celebrating Champlain Salmon

The canal schooner Lois McClure, an 88′ full-scale replica based on shipwrecks of the mid-19th century discovered in Lake Champlain, takes to the water, starting this weekend. In 2019, the Lois will celebrate the International Year of the Salmon, sharing the history, ecology, and conservation story of Atlantic salmon in the Champlain watershed. The schooner Lois McClure is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, constructed in Burlington, Vermont, and based closely off of two shipwrecks located just offshore of the city. Each season, Lois embarks on a voyage along our local waterways, celebrating the maritime tradition » >>More

July, 2019

Solomon Northup Day Being Marked in Willsboro July 20th

Solomon Northup Day has been set for Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Willsboro School, 29 School Lane, Willsboro, from 4 to 5:30 pm. Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, who was lured from home in 1841, abducted and sold into slavery in the South. After years as a slave, he was rescued and authored the book Twelve Years a Slave. The book was the basis for the Oscar-winning film, 12 Years a Slave. Speakers for the event include Renee Moore, founder of Solomon Northup Day; Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of >>More

July, 2019

Historic Saranac Lake Seeks Input on Museum Expansion

Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) is set to host a public meeting to gather input for the expansion of the history museum for the Saranac Lake Region on Wednesday, July 17, from 6 to 7:30 pm. The public is invited to share their vision for the new expanded museum campus on the corner of Church and Main Streets in Saranac Lake. This spring, HSL purchased the former home and medical office of Dr. E. L. Trudeau at 118 Main Street. The building is expected to undergo major rehabilitation in order to bring it back to the time period of Trudeau and >>More

July, 2019

Green Mountain Boys’ and American Independence

For the past three years the Green Mountain Boys Project have been researching the celebrated military unit, which lived and served along what was then the New York and New Hampshire border (modern day Vermont) from the 1760s until 1779. The Green Mountain Boys, led by Ethan Alllen and his brother Ira, controlled the area of disputed land grants. Based at a tavern in Bennington, they evaded arrest warrants from New York State and harassed settlers from New York, surveyors, and other officials, often with severe beatings and destruction of their belongings. At a stand-off at the New York established >>More

July, 2019

The French Cyclone: Early Professional Wrestler Al Marlowe

“Al Marlowe, ‘the French Cyclone,’ returned yesterday from Alburg, Vt. where he wrestled Leo Desbriches, champion of the New England states, to a draw…. The Ogdensburg man is proving himself one of the best wrestlers in this section….” On November 28, 1919, this was the reportage in Ogdensburg’s Republican Journal’s sports section regarding the city’s 21 year old professional grappler’s two hour match. His career was marked by two championships, and many print sources referred to Marlowe as “an artist of the mat.” Today he is recognized as one of the last legitimate professional wrestling champions in the North Country >>More

June, 2019

The Experiences of Age Groups Born from 1936-1955 in the Adirondacks

A further examination of Adirondack Park population trends brings us to age group analysis. The two previous population articles looked at long-term trends from 1970-2010 and short-term trends from 2000-2010. U.S. Census data have shown that the population in 61 Adirondack Park Towns 100% within the Blue Line grew at a higher rate than that of New York State, though it lagged behind most other similar rural areas. While these comparisons to state and national trends are useful, they do not tell the full story about what’s happening inside Adirondack population trends. The full story is revealed by studying the >>More

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