Sunday, August 25, 2019

Local History Project Plans 100th Story Celebration

Adirondack Community presentationThe Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake

Colleen rows the boat on Long Lake by Alexandra RoalsvigCharles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s.

A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner, who was living on Lake Champlain; it had been in the seller’s family since the 1950s. Austin turned the job over to his nephew Keith Austin, also a boat builder.  His wife Debbie Austin spotted the signature of Geo W. Smith on all three of the seats she was re-caning. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rare Native American Militaria On Exhibit at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga courtesy Carl Heilman IIRare Native American artifacts are on display at Fort Ticonderoga in the exhibition “The Art of Resistance: Selections from the Robert N. Nittolo Collection” for a limited time only through October 2019.

These items have never been put on view before, and are from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered among the most significant private collections of 18th century militaria. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Civil War Beard and Hairdo Contest

Civil War Beard Hair StylesThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a Great Civil War Beard & Hairdo Contest on Saturday, September 7th, beginning at noon, as part of the Homecoming of the 118th NY Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment.

Attendees are encouraged to grow and trim their beard or style their hair in a Civil War era style. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sacandaga River History: Piseco, Lake Pleasant Reservoirs

pamphlet cover for The Forest Preserve 5 Association for the Protection of the AdirondacksThe Sacandaga River valley has been used as a transportation and communication corridor since before Europeans arrived. It was a native trail, a military road, and a proposed canal and railroad route. Today it’s home to Route 30. The river is a provider of power and recreation, and a powerful force of nature.

Just after the Civil War, a N.Y. Canal Board report (known as the McElroy Report) noted the damage along the Hudson River caused from annual flooding and suggested reservoirs upstream for flood relief and water power. Proposals were made at that time to dam many of the tributaries of the Upper Hudson, including the Sacandaga, but the New York State Legislature took no action.

In 1874 Farrand N. Benedict and Verplanck Colvin issued the Adirondack Storage Report, detailing areas where storage or containment dams could be constructed to minimizing Hudson River flooding in the spring and retain water for late summer and early fall release and use when it was needed in the communities downriver. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment in Lake Luzerne

118th Logo The 118th NY Volunteer Infantry, the Adirondack Regiment, was formed in 1862 from over 1,000 men from Clinton, Essex and Warren counties. They were present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

While celebrating and memorializing the Adirondack Regiment, re-enactors are set to demonstrate various Civil War period military and civilian impressions in Lake Luzerne during events September 7-8.

» Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Antique, Classic Boats Returning to Lake George Village Docks

Annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Adiron- dack Chapter Lake George RendezvousThe Adirondack Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s 46th Annual Lake George Rendezvous has been set for Saturday, August 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Lake George Village public docks on Beach Road.

On display will be antique and classic contemporary boats from the early 20th century through today. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Adirondack Preservation Award Winners Announced

Dr Ferguson House in Glens Falls Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is set to present its annual Preservation Awards on Monday, September 9 to six recipients that exemplify extraordinary stewardship of individual historic properties and ongoing preservation work in communities across the Adirondacks.

The recipients of the 2019 AARCH Preservation Awards are: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Warren Co Historical Society Opening New Museum Space

Warren County Historical SocietyThe Warren County Historical Society is officially opening its new museum space with the exhibit “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” at its headquarters located at 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury.

The exhibit, a product of two years of research and design, depicts the evolution of Warren County through the lens of cultural geography, showing how the natural resources of the region led to the development of its economy and society. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Plastic Bakelite Documentary Highlights Adirondack Connection

all things bakeliteThe Indian Lake Theater is set to show the documentary All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic by John Maher, a provocative story about the “father of modern plastics.”

Belgian-born chemist and inventor Leo Hendrik Baekeland invented Velox photographic paper as well as what is considered the world’s first synthetic plastic which has been used for everything from jewelry to communications equipment. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 12, 2019

Long Lake All Years Class Reunion, Celebration Planned

Long Lake Basketball Team 1970sPlans are underway for a four-day all class inclusive Long Lake Central School reunion and town celebration on Thursday, September 12th, through Sunday, September 15th, at a variety of venues in and around the Long Lake area. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Preserving Adirondack Architecture Program Planned

Victorian House courtesy Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical SocietyThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a program entitled Preserving our Adirondack Architecture, with guest speaker Steven Englehart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Underground Railroad Program in Ticonderoga

underground railroad in the adirondack town of chesterThe Ticonderoga Historical Society will host a free program, “The Underground Railroad in Chester,” on Friday, August 16 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, in Ticonderoga.

Program presenters Donna LaGoy and Laura Seldman are co-authors of The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester. The Town of Chester in Warren County was a haven for runaway slaves escaping to Canada along the Underground Railroad.

The authors argue that the town holds at least nine confirmed or suspected sites where fugitives from the law once found shelter. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Grants Available For Upstate Historic Markers

pomeroy foundation signThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, has officially opened the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1919. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 4, 2019

The Patriot War With Canada

William Lyon MacKenzieWilliam Lyon MacKenzie strode into a packed theater in Buffalo, NY on the night of Dec. 12, 1837, his blue eyes blazing beneath his high, broad forehead, his sandy whiskers a chinstrap beard. The short, wiry 42-year-old native of Scotland had arrived in the booming border city a day earlier, a fugitive with a price on his head, after launching an ill-fated rebellion against the oligarchy that ruled colonial Canada.

More than 2,000 Buffalo residents waited anxiously to hear him speak, quite a crowd for a city of not even 18,000 souls. » Continue Reading.



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