The Adirondack Museum has announced that the institution will receive into the museum’s collection the wilderness cabin Anne LaBastille, famous worldwide from her Woodswoman series of books, built and lived in, along with many of her personal effects.
An accompanying gift of $300,000 will support the costs of moving the cabin to the museum and incorporating it into a new exhibition, The Adirondack Experience, expected to open in 2017. The gifts were made by the Estate of LaBastille, an author, ecologist, environmental advocate, and former Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner, who passed away in 2011.
The museum’s curators and conservators will soon begin the process of cataloguing the cabin’s furnishings and other contents and begin preparing to move them to the museum, according to a statement issued to the press on Saturday. Structural preservationist Michael Frenette, known for his work in stabilizing and restoring Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, will be responsible for relocating the cabin to the museum.
“While it’s too early in the process to know exactly what visitors will experience in the display, everyone can expect to see Anne LaBastille’s cabin safely preserved indoors, much as it looked when she lived and worked there, and find out about her work in ecology, advocacy for wilderness, and role in the evolution of the A.P.A.,” David M. Kahn, the museum’s executive director, said in a statement to the press.
The museum’s new exhibition master plan calls for a wide variety of gallery activities, the press announcement said, that will “invite visitors to descend into a mineshaft, break up a log jam, and enjoy an Adirondack waters play area.” Outdoor experiences are expected to include a mile-long hiking trail to Minnow Pond and a new boat livery with examples of historic Adirondack vessels museum leaders said. Additional changes expected include enhanced handicapped access to facilities, a redesign of the museum’s Lake View Café, and improvements to visitor orientation and way-finding throughout the museum campus.
Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio has additional reporting on this story here.
Photos: Above, Anne LaBastille’s cabin, as it sits today; and below, Anne LaBastille at her cabin’s dock in the Adirondacks, with her German shepherd Condor.