Cabin Fever Sundays: “Life Speeds Up: Robert Fulton and A Changing New York”

The next Cabin Fever Sundays event at the Adirondack Museum is “Life Speeds Up: Robert Fulton and A Changing New York,” with NYCH Speaker in the Humanities Robert Arnold III. Below is the press release for this 2/22 lecture:

Programs set for Blue Mountain Lake and Glens Falls. The fourth installment, Feb. 22, explores the namesake of the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

From Blue Mountain Lake to Glens Falls, the Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sundays series continues to present a wide-ranging look at life in the Adirondacks – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  Explore a variety of fascinating topics, from mountain folk music, to the history of the Abenaki in the Adirondacks.

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Full Steam Ahead

In the fourth installment of the Adirondack Museum’s Cabin Fever Sundays series, New York Council for the Humanities speaker Robert Arnold III will explore the legacy of Robert Fulton, the creator of the first commercially successful steamboat.  “Life Speeds Up: Robert Fulton and a Changing New York” will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.

Admission is free for all. This free event is made possible through the “Speakers in the Humanities” program of the New York Council for the Humanities, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Refreshments will be served, and the Museum Store will be open from 12 to 4 p.m.

During the presentation, Robert will delve into the ways in which Fulton’s creation of the steamboat helped to catalyze the expansion of steam power into the energy source that propelled America’s Industrial Revolution.

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A smart young man from humble beginnings, Fulton was a talented artist and inventor.  He devised canal locks that were eventually used in Britain, and designed the first workable submarine (for Napoleon Bonaparte).

Explore these and Robert Fulton’s other accomplishments, and find out how his legacy continues to influence modern day innovation.  Steam made possible a quantum jump in manufacturing, true mass production, and the beginnings of the homogenization of material culture. American life became faster, more bountiful, and more interconnected, all due to the advent of steam power.

Adirondack Mystery

In 1811, Fulton was hired by the New York State legislature to conduct a survey of possible routes for the proposed Erie Canal.  In the process, the Fulton Chain of Lakes in Herkimer and Hamilton counties was surveyed and named for Fulton. Interestingly, no proof has turned up over the years to suggest that Fulton, who died in 1815, ever actually visited the chain of lakes named in his honor.

About the Presenter

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Robert is a career public historian now retired from the New York State Archives.  He was Albany County Historian and a historical archaeologist, and serves as a Commissioner of Historic Resources for the City of Albany.  Arnold teaches the history of colonial and nineteenth century America, New York State, the Industrial Revolution and preindustrial New York, at the College of Saint Rose in Albany.  At Excelsior College in Albany, Arnold teaches colonial America, Revolutionary America, American Civil War, and U.S. immigration and ethnic History.

Coming up . . .
Future installments of the Cabin Fever Sundays series will include:

Mohawk Dance and Cultural Presentation” with Akhwatsire
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 1
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
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, Mar. 15
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. Refreshments will be served.
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, Mar. 22
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
Learn how wolf packs defend their territories, meet a live wolf, and learn 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, Apr. 19
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY  12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.
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.

Images: 

Additional high-res images are available

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Explore the legacy of Robert Fulton and the invention of steam power at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 22 during “Life Speeds Up: Robert Fulton and a Changing New York.”

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Learn the history of steam powered vessels such as this, that navigated the Fulton Chain of Lakes on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at the Adirondack Museum.

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Delve into the creation of steam power and the effect of Robert Fulton’s work on the Industrial Revolution on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the Adirondack Museum auditorium.

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