Friday, July 21, 2017

Warrensburg Anti-APA Sign Comes Down, Headed For Museum

anti-APA sign in WarrensburgOn Friday, Adirondack Experience (formally the Adirondack Museum) removed a familiar anti-Adirondack Park Agency sign on Route 9 at the north end of Warrensburg to add to their permanent collections.

The sign, seen by south-bound travelers, was erected by Ted Galusha in 2005 on the side of his house to protest the Adirondack Park Agency.

In a statement sent to the press from the Adirondack Experience, the museum said it was collecting this sign “because it is part of the ongoing conversation among Park residents, second-home owners, vacationers and conservation advocates about the future of the Adirondack Park.”

Doug Bencze, a rigger from Tupper Lake, removed the sign brought it to the museum “where it will be cleaned and repaired before it is mounted in the Life in the Adirondacks exhibition.”

Photo: Anti-APA sign in Warrensburg provided by Adirondack Experience.

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12 Responses

  1. Bruce says:

    Is there going to be more to this story, or do we have to travel to Blue Mountain Lake to find out? Some background behind the sign would be helpful to those of us who live several hundred miles away.

  2. Tim-Brunswick says:

    I agree with “Bruce” there certainly should be “the rest of the story” that will explain how/why they took the sign off Ted Galusha’s house!

    Was he “ok” with the removal from his house or was it a radical move that would seem to violate several of Ted’s rights as a citizen/resident of this State/Country? At the least Ted would have the right to express himself (e.g. Freedom of speech”) and would have had to give “permission” for the sign to be taken from his house.

    There should surely be a follow-up to this story with a deeper explanation that addresses these obvious questions!

    Thank you

    • John Warren says:

      It should be obvious to you that a museum doesn’t just come up to your house and remove a sign. It was put into the new big exhibit at the museum and will therefore be seen and explained to millions of visitors in the coming years.

      • Bill says:

        John, it should be obvious to you that there is more to this story that should have been included: What was Ted’s protest about? Was it resolved? Did the A.E. ask him for the sign? Did they pay him for it? Did he donate it?

        • John Warren says:

          Bill, perhaps you’re unaware that we don’t have reporters, that’s why you get to read what we publish here for free. If someone else runs a background story we’ll be sure to link to it. If you’d like to hire a reporter to cover this story, drop me an e-mail and I’ll let you know what it would cost.

          • Bill says:

            John, I didn’t know that, thanks for the info. It still leaves questions hanging. In the future maybe I’ll just have to ignore your attitude also.

        • Bruce says:


          I found this with a quick Google search:

          • Bill says:

            Thanks Bruce. I appreciate it.

            • Dean says:

              Thanks for your info, John.

              Just an observation here—the ADKAlmanack has more than its fair-share of anti-Adirondack readers. They are the type of negative people who almost always seem to imagine that there is a conspiracy to silence their right of free speech. To these good folks, I say it’s not so. The Adirondacks is such a gloriously special place that would not be special if it weren’t for the thoughtful and progressive actions of forward-thinking people of many different stripes. Proof of this is the inclusion of an iconic emblem such as the anti-APA sign in a world-class, highly-attended museum is a reminder to all that we are a diverse group of residents who want everyone to see that we are not one-sided politically.

    • John S. says:

      Tim — Sure, there’s a back story, and a long one. Much too long to tell here. At the risk of being flip, you might guess that anyone who would put up that sign would’t go quietly when somebody came to take it down.
      I suggest asking the Adirondack Experience how they’re going to tell the story, and also doing a Google search on APA, Adirondack property rights, and wherever else that leads you.

  3. Paul says:

    The guys who made this is probably stoked that they picked it to be immortalized at the museum. What about that truck? Remember that one?

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