Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Anne LaBastille Cabin Headed To Adirondack Museum

AdirondackMuseum-AnneLaBastilleCabinThe 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.

AdirondackMuseum-AnneLaBastilleAndDog“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.

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12 Responses

  1. Bob Meyer says:

    in a world of almost all bad news, this is a wonderful exception.
    i’m really looking forward to this exhibit [partly] about a wonderful person.

  2. Dave Gibson says:

    I could not agree more with what Bob Meyer has written.

    Anne LaBastille had some of the best, most loyal friends any human being could ever have. And still has them. Their love for her and the land ethic she empowered others with were reflected in the Howard Zahniser Wilderness award Anne was given in 2008, presented to Anne personally by wilderness advocates Dan Plumley and John Davis, and the special public memorial her dearest friends arranged on the shores of Twichell Lake in 2011. These friends continue to work together to honor her memory. News that her cabin and all it stands for will be preserved by the Adirondack Museum for all generations of visitors to appreciate is good news indeed.

  3. PJ Malin says:

    Just curious as to why the story left out the location of Anne’s cabin? Are they worried about people damaging it before it can be moved? I recall that Anne did have a problem with seclusion after she became famous and people did intrude on her privacy. I hope that the preservation will help future generations come to appreciate her writings and her efforts to protect the Adirondacks.

    • Paul says:

      With the picture and the fact it is on Twitchell Lake is pretty much enough information for most folks who want to find it.

  4. Paul says:

    It is too bad that it cannot be preserved in place. It sounds like the writers camp they have nearby visits the cabin during the summer.

    Adding it to things like Noah’s cabin and the old hunting club cabin they have there seems tacky to me.

  5. Leslie Surprenant says:

    The “writer’s camp” is not there yet – it will be the first annual LaBastille Memorial Writers Residency administered by the Adirondack Center for Writing and funded by an endowment from the estate. It is one of 4 LaBastille Legacy Projects underway. There was tremendous response – over 80 applications for 6 slots. The residents will be guided to the cabin on at least one occasion. The LaBastille property is posted and off-limits to the public.

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  7. Annette Harris says:

    I Believe Anne LaBastille is sitting in her canoe rather on her dock….

    • John Warren says:

      The caption says “at her cabin’s dock” not “on her cabin’s dock”.

      Language, it has meaning.

  8. Jackie Vanden Dorpel says:

    Anne and I were childhood friends. I stayed at the cabin one summer. It does not look like the picture. She built a second cabin to write because people were annoying her at her lakeside cabin.
    Please contact me if I can be any help in preserving the legacy of my dear friend.
    Jackie Vanden Dorpel

  9. Bruce says:

    Several years ago, as I was reading whichever of her books was detailing the building of her second cabin, I got the distinct impression she was using all of her powers as an APA commissioner to gain approval for it. Am I the only one who noticed that?

    I’m not slamming who Anne was and her accomplishments, but just felt she was somewhat uptight about being required to go through the same process as everyone else with a similar request.

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