The Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum has announced its selection of Frances Beinecke as recipient of the 2014 Harold K. Hochschild Award. The Adirondack Museum will formally present the award to her during its Wilderness Elegance Benefit Gala, to be held on the museum campus from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, July 26.
The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people, and environment inspired the creation of the Adirondack Museum and the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency. Since 1990, the museum has presented the award to a wide range of intellectual and community leaders throughout the Adirondack Park, highlighting their contributions to the region’s culture and quality of life.
Frances Beinecke is president of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental action group where she has worked for more the 30 years. The NRDC, with more than 1.4 million members and online activists, works with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on priorities including curbing global warming, reviving the world’s oceans, ensuring safe and sufficient water, fostering sustainable communities, and more.
Her Adirondack connections include a long-time family camp on Long Lake; serving as chair of the Adirondack Council not long after its founding in 1975; chairing the state-wide environmental bond act campaign in 1986, which provided significant funds for Adirondack Forest Preserve and easement acquisition; chairing the Governing Council of The Wilderness Society, which has strong roots and connections in the Adirondacks; and continual enthusiasm for Adirondack canoeing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
“Frances Beinecke is an environmental giant who has had an impact around the world,” according to Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks. “She has made the Natural Resources Defense Council into one of the leading environmental organizations of our time, working to curb climate change impacts, promote clean energy, prevent pollution, and defend wildlife and wild places. Her environmental legacy started in the Adirondack Park, where she has been a stalwart advocate for stronger environmental protections for decades.”
Through the Hochschild Award, the museum seeks to recognize, strengthen, and support intellectual and community leaders throughout the Adirondack Park and to highlight their contribution to the region’s culture and quality of life. It also hopes to facilitate a dialogue encouraging others to appreciate that the region’s leadership comes in many forms and from many different communities.
Adirondack Museum Board Member and Harold K. Hochschild Award Committee Chairwoman Nancy Keet, of Saranac Lake will present the award to Beinecke during the Wilderness Elegance Benefit Gala. Kim Elliman of the Open Space Institute, a leader in environmental protection and land conservation, will also make special remarks.
For tickets to the gala – which will include music provided by students from Long Lake Camp for the Arts; auctions of an Adirondack guideboat crafted by the museum’s boatbuilder-in-residence and 50+ other “Made in the Adirondacks” items; and a locally infused dinner menu and bar call (518) 352-7311 ext. 119.
Photo of Frances Beinecke provided.