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In the Adirondack Library
Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping's Most Essential Items and Activities by Martin Hogue
This is a virtual program.
An illustrated history of the evolution of camping from the late nineteenth century through present day through its most significant components: the campsite, the campfire, the picnic table, the map, the tent, the sleeping bag, water delivery, and trash collection. Readable as eight individual narratives, these histories align to illustrate the radical transformation of a mythical ideal over the 150-year period since the emergence of recreational camping in the United States. Hogue’s research relied extensively on the image collections at the Adirondack Experience.
About The Speaker:
Martin Hogue is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University. Originally trained as an architect, Hogue was first drawn to the field of landscape architecture through the work of artists like Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, for whom “the work is not put in a place, it ‘is’ that place.” Hogue’s most recent research, which focuses on camping culture in the United States, interrogates the discrepancies that exist between the deeply cherished American ideal of ruggedness and independence and the nearly 1 million designated camp-sites across the country. These efforts have resulted in two books, Thirtyfour Campgrounds (2016) and Making Camp: A Visual History of Camping’s Most Essential Items and Activities (2023).