The Chapman Museum’s new exhibit of 17 original Stoddard photographic prints features a mix of winter images from Glens Falls and Lake George to Saranac Lake. Subject matter includes both winter activities as well as scenic snow landscapes in the Adirondacks.
One highlight is a rare photograph of a winter camping scene that Stoddard hand-colored to reproduce as a color print. Others include images of hikers snowshoeing on Saranac Lake, ice fishing, snow covered street scenes in Glens Falls, and views of Lake George’s shoreline. The exhibit is a small sampling of the museum’s collection of over 4,000 Seneca Ray Stoddard photographs that document Glens Falls and the Adirondacks in the late 19th century. The museum is in the process of making its collection of Stoddard photographs accessible with a searchable online database. Although the images are in the public domain and copyright-free, the Chapman Museum has placed a large watermark over them. Currently, over 2,800 Stoddard images may be seen in this way at http://chapmanmuseum.pastperfect-online.com/.
The Chapman Museum is located at 348 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, noon to 4 pm. For more information call (518) 793-2826 or go to www.chapmanmuseum.org.
Photos: “Winter Camping in the Adirondacks” and “An Exciting Time, Fishing Though the Ice” by Seneca Ray Stoddard.