Monday, August 1, 2022

1922 Centennial Event: Evolution of the Adirondack Wilderness set for Aug. 6

The year 2022 marks the centennial of three historic events that ignited public interest in exploring the Adirondack wilderness and climbing the “46” high peaks: formation of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), publication of Robert Marshall’s High Peaks of the Adirondacks, and Grace Hudowalski’s first 46er ascent of Mount Marcy.


The Adirondack History Museum invites the public to celebrate these three seminal events on August 6, 2022. The day-long celebration will include lectures and presentations, a special screening of the film “The Mountains Will Wait for You,” and a retrospective on the history and future of the Adirondack Mountain Club.


A new exhibit featuring this significant year in Adirondack history and its effect on recreation, development, and stewardship in the High Peaks will be on display. Programs will be followed by musical selections by Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan, as well as a reception recognizing ADK’s 100th anniversary.


Refreshments will be served throughout the day and provided by Green Goddess of Lake Placid. To promote public understanding of this unique aspect of Adirondack history, the Grace Hudowalski Charitable Trust is republishing Marshall’s pamphlet, a precursor to ADK trail guides and a significant part of NY State’s cultural heritage, with an introduction guiding readers through significant events that followed the original publication.


The event is open to the public (reservations required) and free of charge.


Underwritten by the Grace Hudowalski Charitable Trust and sponsored by the Adirondack History Museum, in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club and the Adirondack 46ers.


Register for the event – lecture series and reception (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM) at


Register for the reception only (4:00 PM – 6:00 PM) at


Complete details, including the historical significance of these three events and speaker bios, can be found at


August 6th Schedule:

9:00 AM Museum Doors Open – Coffee and Refreshments
10:00 AM The High Peaks – A Century Ago (Sharp Swan)
11:00 AM Building the Trails and Making Them Known (Tony Goodwin)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Healing and Empowerment in the High Peaks (Bethany Garretson)
2:00 PM The Mountains will Wait for You (Fred Schwoebel)
3:00 PM ADK at 100 and the future of ADK (Julia Goren)
4:00 PM Social Hour – Appetizers and Refreshments
5:00 PM Musical Selections (Peggy Lynn) and Recognition of ADK


Photo at top provided by the Adirondack History Museum.

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