Thursday, July 13, 2006

Adirondack Heritage For Sale – And Not Very Cheaply

A recent post over at one of our favorite blogs, York Staters, got us thinking about the price of Adirondack History. Jesse, one of the blog’s several prolific and thoughtful writers, offered this about the Adirondack guide boat, which he calls the pick-up truck of the region:

It is ironic that the pick-up truck has become the Rolls-Royce, but the boats are once again slowly proliferating in the region. Yet, how many Adirondackers can afford part of their heritage? At the same time that the Adirondacks themselves are increasingly being bought off and subdivided for homes for suburbanites, the artistic heritage of the people is only available to these same outsiders. This is not only true for guideboats, but also for Adirondack packbaskets, performances of traditional Adirondack music, which have all become expensive for, and distant from, the lives of Adirondackers.

To that we add this tidbit.

The most recent book on the history of the Adirondacks is Adirondack: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838 – price? $39

One of the great resources for Adirondack information is the Adirondack Atlas – price? $23 (just reduced from $35 for a paperback!)

Expensive and distant indeed!


That said, if you can afford them, and they are great books, take the time to buy through the “Suggested” links we’ve been adding. It’s a nice way to contribute to the Almanack and help keep us going (actually we’ll keep going whether you buy or not, but making even a little cash makes us feel a whole lot better about it!).

Suggested Reading: Adirondack: Of Indians and Mountains, 1535-1838

Suggested Reading: Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.




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