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Adirondack Experience to Honor Barbara Glaser at Benefit Gala

May 09, 2019, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

The board of trustees of Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake will honor Barbara Glaser with the 2019 Harold K. Hochschild Award at its annual benefit gala on Saturday, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Harold K. Hochschild Award is dedicated to the memory of the museum’s founder, whose passion for the Adirondacks, its people and environment inspired the creation of the institution and the establishment of the Adirondack Park Agency. Presented annually to recipients in a wide range of fields throughout the Adirondacks, this award honors their work to improve the region’s culture and quality of life.

Barbara Glaser is well known to many throughout the Park, having served on the boards of important conservation and preservation organizations including the Adirondack Council, Adirondack Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Foundation, Adirondack Land Trust, and the Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks. She currently serves as President of the Nordlys Foundation, which supports conservation and education projects. She has been a vital force in preserving historical architecture in the Adirondack Park – first rescuing Great Camp Sagamore from demolition in 1975 and then doing the same for Camp Uncas. The current state of these two historical sites and their recognition as National Historic Landmarks is a testament to Glaser’s vision and dedication.

Much of Ms. Glaser’s recent work has been concentrated in the Saratoga Springs area, where she has lived for decades. She recently led efforts in an adaptive reuse of old buildings, repurposing a defunct school – Saratoga Springs’ old School No. 4 – into office space for a number of regional non-profits. She also founded the Open Space Project in Saratoga Springs, an initiative to open up land for recreational use.

Glaser embodies the bumper-sticker wisdom of “think globally, act locally,” as her projects often have ripple effects that extend far beyond the Blue Line. Her work in establishing hospice care services in the Saratoga region, for example, led to a much further-reaching initiative with the creation of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The Adirondack Experience is thrilled to be able to recognize Barbara Glaser’s many contributions to the Adirondack region,” said ADKX Executive Director David Kahn. “She has had an incredible impact on the community, for which we are all very grateful.”

The HKH award will be presented to Ms. Glaser at ADKX’s 2019 Benefit Gala, Saturday, July 27th. The theme of this year’s gala will be Northern Lights, which is both a nod to Barbara’s shining presence in the Adirondacks as well as to her Nordlys Foundation (Norwegian for “northern lights”). The main campus area will be transformed at twilight for a glamorous evening that will include an elegant dinner under a festive tent, with music and live and silent auctions.

Individual tickets are available at the Regular ($250), Supporter ($500), and Lead Supporter ($1,000) levels. Sponsors ($5,000) receive one table for up to eight, Patrons ($10,000) one table of up to 10, and Benefactors ($25,000) two tables of 10. The evening supports the museum’s educational programs, new special exhibitions, permanent galleries, visiting artists, and the preservation of Adirondack heritage. Tickets can be purchased by calling 518-352-7311 ext. 130.