“CABIN FEVER SUNDAYS” LECTURE SERIES at the Adirondack Museum

Yes – I realize that I haven’t posted anything on my blog in FOREVER. But that is soon to change – and I am going to kick off a new year of frequent and interesting blog posts by sharing the press release for the upcoming Cabin Fever Sundays winter lecture series here at the Adirondack Museum! History buffs and Adirondack lovers rejoice! Also, expect more blog content from me in the very near future! AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouses-OldForgeBasin

Programs set for North Creek, Blue Mountain Lake, and Glens Falls. First installment, Jan. 11, explores historic lighthouses of the Adirondack Park.

From North Creek to Blue Mountain Lake to Glens Falls, the Adirondack Museum’s “Cabin Fever Sundays” series is presenting a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Explore a variety of fascinating topics, from infamous Adirondack outlaws to demonstrations of traditional Mohawk dance.

Lighthouses and Light Towers of the Adirondacks

In the first installment of the series, author and photographer David E. Cook will take the audience on an exploration of approximately 80 – 85 light towers that have marked the waters inside the current boundaries of the Adirondack Park, dating back to around 1815. “The Lighthouses and Light Towers of the Adirondacks” will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, in the Adirondack Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.  Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouse-OldForgeNarrows Find out about the fascinating history of Adirondack lighthouses, and explore the notion that the story of European development in the Adirondacks is primarily a maritime history, driven intensely by the lakes and rivers in a time before trains and automobiles. From the western edges of the Adirondack Park, people traveled into the heart of the Adirondacks via an elaborate system of water taxis and marine tramways that hauled boats from one lake shore to another, until travel networks reached all the way from Forestport to Tupper Lake and even Blue Mountain Lake. During this program, discover the history of these locations, the impact of maritime travel, and the need for lighthouses and light towers.

About the Presenter

Longtime Adirondacker and author David Cook has been studying, photographing, painting, and drawing almost eight hundred American lighthouses and towers for nearly thirty years. While helping local and regional organizations to utilize cultural tourism as an economic catalyst, he has written, lectured, and led group tours of maritime historical sites, concentrating primarily on locations in New York State. In 2006, he began publishing some of that work under the umbrella title of “Lighthouses of the Empire State.” He has now produced thirteen books, booklets, and pamphlets, with several others in progress. His most extensive and most successful work was the 2009 genealogical anthology of every light-keeper who ever served the state and federal light-stations on Lake Champlain. One of his current works is The Lighthouses and Light-Keepers of the Adirondack Park, which is being developed as a full-color, hard-cover coffee table book. AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouse-LakeChamplain Coming up . . .

Future installments of the Cabin Fever Sundays series will include:

“Adirondack Outlaws” with Niki Kourofsky
1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 1, 2015
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members.
Meet a cast of scofflaws and scallywags – and a few murderous maniacs – that lend a new meaning to “Forever Wild.”

“Of Time and The River:  Songs of the Historic Hudson River” with Linda Russell
1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 8, 2015
Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St, North Creek, NY 12853
Admission is free to the public, thanks to the “Speakers in the Humanities” program of the New York Council for the Humanities, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Trace life along the Hudson as seen in folk ballads, Erie Canal ditties, and dance tunes accompanied by guitar, pennywhistle, and hammered and mountain dulcimers.

“Life Speeds Up:  Robert Fulton and a Changing New York” with Robert Arnold III
1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 22, 2015
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free to the public, thanks to the “Speakers in the Humanities” program of the New York Council for the Humanities, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Follow the legacy of Robert Fulton, the creator of the first commercially successful steamboat, and how the advent of steam power follows us to modern day innovation.

“Mohawk Dance and Cultural Presentation” with Akhwatsire
1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members.
See Joshua Angus Sargent and Natasha Smoke Santiago as they share traditional Mohawk songs, dances, and stories.

“Mountain Folk Music” with Adirondack Musician Alex Smith
1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, NY 12801
Admission is free for Adirondack Museum members; non-members’ admission is $15 ($13 for seniors) and includes admission to The Hyde Collection.
Experience the music of the Adirondacks past and present with Long Lake native Alex Smith, whose music brings a fresh, new sound to North Country roots.

“Wolves:  The Role of a Keystone Predator in Nature” with Steve and Wendy Hall of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge Rehabilitation Center
1:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members.
Learn how wolf packs defend their territories, what kinds of wolves live in the Adirondacks, what their behavioral displays indicate, and much more.

“The Abenaki in the Adirondacks: Diverse Experiences from the 18th Century to the 21st Century” with Christopher Roy and an Abenaki panel
1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 19, 2015
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members.
Hear from several Abenaki panelists about their families’ experiences in the Adirondacks and anthropologist Christopher Roy, who will highlight important Abenaki-related collections at the Adirondack Museum.

For more information

A complete description of all the “Cabin Fever Sundays” programs can be found online at www.adkmuseum.org/exhibits_and_events/special_events

The “Cabin Fever Sundays” series is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, with two free programs made possible through support from the “Speakers in the Humanities” program, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 32-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks and in free programs at schools throughout these North Country counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington.   The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, and some general operating support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  For additional information, call (518) 352-7311 or visit www.AdirondackMuseum.org.

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Additional high-res images are available

-AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouse-OldForgeBasin Explore “Lighthouses and Light Towers of the Adirondacks” with David E. Cook on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

-AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouse-OldForgeNarrows Discover the maritime history of the Adirondack Park and the navigation of its waterways during “Lighthouses and Light Towers of the Adirondacks” on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

-AdirondackMuseum-CabinFeverSundays_Lighthouse-LakeChamplain Learn about the vital role lighthouses played in the development of the Adirondack region on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

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