The Adirondack History Center Museum kicks off its Summer Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on July 8, as Professor Richard Robbins presents The Anthropology of Holidays and Amusement: An Introduction to the Birth of Vacations and the Growth of Pleasure Palaces. Robbins will place Adirondack theme parks, such as Land of Make-believe, Frontier Town and the North Pole in both a historical and cultural context and examine how theme parks originated, how they fit into the evolution of popular culture, and where they fit in the history of the idea of vacations. The heyday of these regional attractions in the mid-20th century is an important part of Adirondack history and an emphasis for the Museums summer exhibition on Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve. A SUNY Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Robbins research and writing includes works on globalization, the environment, debt, religion and food. He is a resident of Essex and teaches at SUNY at Plattsburgh.
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