STATE MUSEUM TO SPONSOR “ADIRONDACK DAY” ON NOV. 3
ALBANY, NY – The New York State Museum will celebrate the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain on Saturday, November 3 with “Adirondack Day,” an inaugural daylong event that will complement the Museum’s exhibition on iconic Adirondack photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard.
The free event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include a concert, lectures, displays, tours and films presented by the New York State Museum and many of the North Country’s leading educational and cultural institutions. Participating are the New York State Museum, Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Life magazine, Fort Ticonderoga, Great Camp Sagamore, John Brown Lives, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mountain Lake PBS, Paul Smith’s College, The Wild Center, and the Trudeau Institute.
The highlight of the day will be a 2 p.m. concert by award-winning Adirondack folk musician, educator and story teller Dan Berggren. Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised, but he has entertained audiences across the country and overseas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Central Africa. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, he has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains. He has produced 14 albums and has won awards from the NYS Outdoor Education Association, the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Mountain Club and SUNY Fredonia.
Guided tours will be offered of the Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks exhibition. Stoddard’s photographs provide a visual record of the history and development of the Adirondacks. His work was instrumental in shaping public opinion about tourism, leading to the 1892 “Forever Wild” clause in the New York State Constitution.
The exhibition includes over 100 of Stoddard’s photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, camera, copies of Stoddard’s books and several of his paintings. These and other items come from the State Museum’s collection of more than 500 Stoddard prints and also from the collections of the New York State Library and the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls. An online version of the exhibition is also available on the State Museum website at http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/virtual/exhibits/SRS/.
The events are presented by the New York State Museum with the support of sponsors Paul Smith’s College and Stewart’s Shops.
The State Museum is a program of the State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education. Located on Madison Avenue in Albany, the Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is free. Further information can be obtained by calling (518) 474-5877 or visiting the Museum website at www.nysm.nysed.gov.
Schedule of Events
Dr. Jeremy Kirchman
Curator of Ornithology, New York State Museum
Museum Research on Adirondack Birds
Dr. Kirchman will talk about the ongoing research he and his students are conducting on several species of birds that breed in the mountains of NY. Dr. Kirchman will explain why the birds of the ADK are interesting from an evolutionary perspective and important from a conservation perspective and will show specimens from the research collection he curates. This is a chance for NYSM visitors to learn about the collection, which comprises nearly 20,000 specimens, and to see specimens of Spruce Grouse, Bicknell's Thrush, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and other species found in the bogs and high peaks of the Adirondacks.
Dr. Christina Rieth
New York State Archeologist
Presentation on Archeology in the Adirondack Region.
Martha Swan - Founder, John Brown Lives &
Amy Godine - Independent Scholar and Author
Abolitionist and Adirondacker John Brown, de-mystified
Program Director, Great Camp Sagamore
Stoddard, Durant and the Great Camps of the Gilded Age
Built in 1897, Sagamore Lodge was the last of three Gilded Age camps constructed by William
West Durant, who is widely considered to be the father of what is now commonly referred to as "Adirondack Rustic" architecture. In 1898, as part of the effort to promote his development plans for the central Adirondack region, Durant hired Seneca Ray Stoddard to take a collection of photos of Sagamore, which were complied into an elaborate photo album. This presentation will be based upon this important Stoddard album.
Executive Director, Lakes to Locks Passage
Presentation on this regional tourism cooperative and their web collaboration with National
Geographic that has enabled Lakes to Locks to create a worldwide portal for tourists seeking to learn more about the Champlain region and its heritage.
Librarian, Adirondack Museum
When Men and Mountains Meet: Mapping the Adirondacks
Using rare and rarely seen maps, drawn from the more than 1,400 historical maps and atlases in the Adirondack Museum's collection, this presentation will chart the currents of Adirondack history, as reflected in its cartography.
Representative, The Wild Center
Presentation on the amazing natural history of the Adirondacks, one of this nation's most iconic ecosystems. Special emphasis will be placed on the efforts of The Wild Center, in Tupper Lake, to tell the Adirondack story.
Presentation on America's Fort, Fort Ticonderoga
Retired Executive Director, Historic Saranac Lake
Trudeau, Tuberculosis and Saranac Lake
Presentation on Dr. Trudeau and the history of Saranac Lake's "Cure Movement."
Mountain Lake PBS Documentaries
Bloom is a 30-minute documentary about the ecological plight of Lake Champlain and specifically the algae blooms that occur in the lakes due to storm water and farm runoff.
Lake Defenders is a 30-minute documentary that will explore the ecological and economic issues of aquatic invasive species impact in Lake George, highlighting both the successes and mounting challenges faced by the shoreline communities that depend on a healthy lake system.
These documentaries will be followed by a panel discussion.
Adirondack Life Magazine
Beyond the Pages of Adirondack Life
An inside look at the magazine's history, how it addresses trends in the Adirondack Park, and how it has reflected the beauty of this extraordinary region.
Dan Berggren, In Concert
Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator has entertained audiences throughout New York State, from Kentucky to Texas, Vermont to Michigan, and overseas in Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Central Africa. Dan is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard working folks, taking care of our planet and each other.
“Dan Berggren is the sound of the Adirondacks, as much as the water lapping
against the granite shore of the lake or the loon echoing in the sunset or the wind
tossing the spruce tops.” Bill McKibben, best-selling author
In addition, throughout the day there will be curator's tours of the Seneca Ray Stoddard exhibition and tables manned by the Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, the Lake George Association, and other North Country-based Stoddard exhibit promotional supporters.
Adirondack Day is made possible through the generosity of Paul Smith's College and Stewart's Shops.