Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lecture: The Klan, Vigilantism in the Adirondacks

Writer and social historian Amy Godine will be giving a talk about vigilantes and the Ku Klux Klan on Sunday, November 22, at 3 p.m., at 511 Gallery on Main Street in Lake Placid. The lecture, entitled “Have You Seen That Vigilante Man?”, is being sponsored by The Lake Placid Institute.

Those interested in local history should be familiar with Godine’s work on social and ethnic history of the Adirondacks. Her stories, which have appeared a number of times in Adirondack Life magazine, take on the usually ignored aspects of Adirondack history. Spanish road workers, Italian miners, black homesteaders, Jewish peddlers and Chinese immigrants have all been brought to life through Godine’s meticulous research and writing.

“The darker side of American mob justice was not confined to the Deep South and the Far West,” an announcement of Godine’s talk notes. “The history of the Adirondacks is ablaze with incidents of so-called ‘frontier justice,’ from mob attacks on radical Abolitionists to ‘townie’ raids on striking immigrant laborers to anti-Catholic gatherings of the Ku Klux Klan.” Regular readers of the Almanack will hear a familiar refrain, but also I’m sure much that is new about the darker side of Adirondack history.

For further information about this event call the Lake Placid Institute at 518-523-1312, or email at


Related Stories

Community news stories come from press releases and other notices from organizations, businesses, state agencies and other groups. Submit your contributions to Almanack Editor Melissa Hart at

Comments are closed.