Saturday, February 27, 2021

Adirondack stories project releases free teacher’s guide

Study of Nature, Dresden, Lake George David Johnson (1827-1908) 1870 Oil on canvasThe Keene Valley Library has added a guide for teachers to the “Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are” and “OurStoryBridge: Connecting the Past and Present” websites, available for free. 

The teacher’s guide is made up of a “how to” document, which spells out a lesson plan to use with the stories; a story selection chart to match the stories with specific high school courses; story summaries, which are quick synopses of the 180 stories available; and a sample school assignment.

This guide was created in part by Brad Hurlburt, Keene Central School teacher and liaison to Adirondack Community project. He says the following about the guide:

“At Keene Central School, we have used Adirondack Community stories in the classroom to enhance our lessons with this amazing collection and to provide students with firsthand historical knowledge, including models of local civic engagement. Although the storytellers are based in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, their stories teach universal lessons.”

An 11th grader from North Carolina, Angelina Lappin, who categorized the stories by 28 types of high school courses had the following to say:

“I was rendered speechless by all that I learned while listening to the 180 stories on the website. I recognized the relevance of the stories to my high school curriculum and connected deeply with other students’ stories, sensing the magic and passion that exists within the Adirondack community.”

You can find the stories at and For more information on Adirondack Community and OurStoryBridge, email [email protected] or call (410) 353-6372.

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3 Responses

  1. Lorraine Duvall Lorraine Duvall says:

    My Adirondack Story iniiiative is a great way to keep our history alive. I have told a few of my stories first published in the Almanack.

  2. Vanessa Banti Vanessa says:

    Librarians for the win 😍

    • Wayne Miller says:

      About 30 years ago now, I was part of a regional group that met to identify ways we could encourage awareness and development from within of the culture and economy of the Adirondacks. We wanted kids to appreciate the opportunities our region holds for them to prosper in sustainable ways. A major concentration became the development and distribution of off-the-shelf lesson plans for teachers. That became the Adirondack Curriculum Project.
      My life moved on, though, thankfully, some of the connections and friendships persisted. And apparently so has the ACP!
      Congrats to Keene Valley and its library!
      -another librarian

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