Friday, July 13, 2012

Foxey Brown: Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit and Guide

Join author Charles Yaple at the Adirondack Museum on Monday, July 16 for “Foxey Brown: The Story of An Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit and Guide.”   Yaple will tell the story of railroad worker and college student David Brennan who, convinced he had killed a man in a Boston barroom brawl, fled to the Adirondack Mountain wilderness in 1890. Changing his name to David Brown, he became known as a crafty “Foxey” woodsman and popular guide, until a hunting trip tragedy led to one of the largest manhunts in Adirondack history.

Living through the beginning of the American conservation movement, some tried to cope with increasingly strict State conservation laws and private parks by resorting to thievery, poaching, setting forest fires and even murder.

The program is part of the Monday Evening Lecture series.  The presentation will be held in the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be offered at no charge to museum members; the fee for non-members is $5.00. For additional information, please visit www.adirondackmuseum.org or call (518) 352-7311.

Charles Yaple’s latest historical novel is Foxey Brown: A Story Of An Adirondack Outlaw, Hermit and Guide As He Might Have Told It. Yaple is Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies at State University of New York College at Cortland where, after thirty-five years, he continues to teach environmental and outdoor education courses. Dr. Yaple is also Director of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and editor of Taproot, the organization’s journal of outdoor education.

Yaple was the co-founder, first Board president and long-time director (1997-2007) of the Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture in Cortland, N.Y. It has been his great pleasure during his teaching career to help students see, understand, and love the land.

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