The folks at Lake Pleasant, New York, certainly lived up to the town’s name on our recent visit. The occasion was an event this past Thursday evening, July 13, at the Lake Pleasant Public Library, where I was invited to present the program, “Tracking Robert Garrow, the Adirondack Serial Killer,” as part of the Library Reading Series. The library hosted us in partnership with the Adirondack Center for Writing, as part of a series sponsored by the Lake Placid Education Foundation, which provided funding that can be very important to presenters, particularly when travel and other expenses are involved. We >>More
The board of trustees of the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will honor The Jefferson Project at Lake George with the 2017 Harold K. Hochschild Award at its annual benefit gala on Saturday, July 29 from 6 to 9 pm. The Jefferson Project – a collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research and The FUND for Lake George – plans to use technology and science to help protect Lake George. The Jefferson Project recently collaborated with Adirondack Experience to install an interactive video tower highlighting the project in the museum’s newest exhibit, which officially opened July 1st. >>More
On July 1st I attended the grand opening of the Adirondack Experience’s new multi-million-dollar exhibit Life in the Adirondacks. Situated overlooking Blue Mountain Lake, The Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) is a regional icon with an unparalleled collection of Adirondack historical artifacts. Their new exhibit, intended to interactively place visitors in the context of the Adirondack Park in all its human dimensions, is located in the former Roads and Rails building. Life in the Adirondacks is a dramatic change in approach and style for a museum renowned for its depiction of history through objects of every description from the >>More
Most Adirondackers spend a lot of time twiddling their thumbs in frustration with internet download speeds so slow they would be laughable in most American cities and many countries around the world. There is something we and our public officials can do about the problem, but time is running out. August 15 is the deadline for proposals from internet providers to compete for improvement projects paid from a pot of state money that could help a great deal. Up for grabs is over $400 million reserved for areas which the state considers “unserved” » Continue Reading. View original post.
With the widespread use of plastic canoes, it seems as if the art of building wood canoes is lost. However, one organization gathering this week at Paul Smith’s College refuses to let the craft die. “People come to show boats and talk about how they restored them.” Said Rob Stevens, Program Coordinator for the Wooden Canoe Heritage Association (WCHA). Stevens describes this meeting as one of, if not the largest assembly, of association members. As members from chapters across the globe come to share their expertise and experience. With this vast number of boaters in one spot, the WCHA is >>More
On July 22 and 23, Fort Ticonderoga July will host a battle re-enactment highlighting the 1758 Battle of Carillon during the French and Indian War. Visitors will learn how the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date, yet was defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the story of the French soldiers that protected their lines of defense. Visitors will meet the British and Provincial soldiers who fought to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress » Continue Reading. View original post.
They started put being paid $60 a month for their half-year, all-weather stints in the fire tower. Overall, there were twenty-one Fire Observers on Poke-O-Moonshine from 1912 through 1988. Most came from nearby Keeseville, and the first three worked in the original wooden tower before the current one was built in 1917. That makes the fire tower 100 years old. It was part of a crop of standardized steel towers that New York State built in response to the catastrophic forest fires of the early 20th Century. Drought, high winds, lightning, heaps of logging slash, and sparks from lumber-hauling trains >>More
Near the end of his twenty-two-year career, Gerald Chapman’s several reputations came together in headlines touting him as a Spectacular Mail Bandit, Jail Breaker, and Criminal Extraordinaire. But above all, he was most often referred to as a “super-crook,” placing him beyond the level of most American criminals, one whose exploits were followed closely by the public. A worldwide manhunt finally resulted in his capture in 1925, but a decade earlier, he had done hard time at Clinton Prison. Chapman, whose real name was believed to be George Chartres, or Charters, first ran into trouble in New York in 1908 >>More
The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3) has been selected by the NYS Parenting Education Partnership as one of five pilot groups for the New Parent Kit. The New Parent Kit includes two books — Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) and What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick — as well as a Driver’s Manual for New Dads, and a bookmark. Starting Life Together (New Parent Guide) is a user-friendly guide for parents of new babies. It steps parents through the stages of development steering them along the path to building a nurturing, healthy relationship with their child. What to Do When Your Child is Gets Sick >>More
In Old Forge, the Annual Antiques and Vintages Show and Sale will be returning for the 43rd consecutive year. The show will take place at the George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 22, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, July 23. The event is expected to draw over fifty dealers and vendors with a range of antiques and collectibles. Food and beverages will be available throughout the day, and admission is $6, which is valid for both days of the show. George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center is located » Continue >>More