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ADKX Dives Deeper into Adirondack History and Culture with its 2019 Cabin Fever Sundays Line Up

January 09, 2019, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), announces their 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series starting this Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:30pm

January 13, 1:30pm: Tahawus: Birth of a Hamlet and a Club with Don Seauvageau

This presentation will cover the time period from 1847 to 1947 at the Hudson River Headwaters. The closure of the mining operations at Adirondac in 1855 did not end the activity here. Often referred to as the “Club Era”, the mining works were sold twice and operations resumed under both new owners. We will discuss the difference between the Upper Works and the Lower Works with the connection to the Hamlet of Tahawus. A brief history of the three clubs will be presented along with Teddy Roosevelt’s midnight ride from the Tahawus Club to the Presidency in 1901. It will end with the beginning of the National Lead titanium ore operations and the first relocation of the Hamlet of Tahawus.

Don Seauvageau is a year-round resident of Blue Mountain Lake. A former engineer for General Electric, he is enjoying an active retirement living in the Adirondacks and traveling the world. This spring he looped America visiting 20 states and 18 National Parks. An avid paddler, he was the 39th person to earn the Adirondack Mountain Club Paddle Pursuit patch. He has visited all the towns and villages within the Blue Line. Don’s first visit to the Adirondacks in the mid 1980’s as a manager for NL Industries allowed him to stay at the Foote Cottage on the Tahawus mine site. He has been fascinated with the history of the area ever since and has authored several Adirondack articles.

January 27, 1:30pm: Who’s There: An Adirondack Backyard Biological Survey with Ed Kanze

For nearly nineteen years, Ed Kanze and his family have been surveying the flora, fauna, fungi, and everything else that’s alive on the eighteen acres along the Saranac River that they call home. They’ve found most of the expected things—robins, whitetail deer, red maple trees, balsam firs—plus lots of surprises and wild neighbors that escape the attention of all but a few specialists. Ed will share stories and photos of the findings to date. Included are moose, bears, insects, earthworms, woody plants, wildflowers, mushrooms, and even a few things only visible with a microscope.

Adirondack naturalist, guide, and writer Ed Kanze lives with his wife, Debbie, and their children Ned and Tasman along the Saranac River near Bloomingdale. Ed is a seventh generation Adirondacker whose four-times-great grandparents began farming along the Sacandaga River about 1795. His pioneering biological survey work in the Westchester County, NY park system in the 1980s led to the designation of the 4,700-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation as a Biodiversity Reserve. One of Ed’s earliest memories is of climbing on the old steam engine at the then-Adirondack-Museum in 1961. In recent years, he has led nature walks on the Adirondack Experience’s Minnow Pond Trail and savored every step of the way. Ed has produces the video series, “Curiously Adirondack” in partnership with Josh Clement and is a frequent contributer to Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life magazines. His most recent book, “Adirondack: Life and Wildlife in the Wild, Wild East,” was published by SUNY Press.
Find out more at www.edkanze.com or https://www.youtube.com/user/curiouslyadk.

February 10, 1:30PM: The Adirondack World of Edna West Teall with Laura Rice and Elizabeth Folwell

Born in 1881 and raised in the small community of Reber, Edna West Teall exemplified the Adirondack ideal of self-reliance and resourcefulness. She taught herself to write, and became a successful journalist for the Newark (New Jersey) Evening News. In retirement she returned to her Adirondack childhood home and taught herself to paint. Her book, Adirondack Tales: A Girl Grows up in the Adirondacks in the 1880s, was published posthumously in 1970 [by Adirondack Life magazine] Combining her paintings with written reminiscences, it has charmed Adirondackers for decades. Chief Curator Laura Rice will present the life and work of this Adirondack artist, including the museum’s recent acquisition of 28 Teall paintings. Betsy Folwell, Adirondack Life, will talk about the process of creating the 2001 reprint and meeting both Teall’s granddaughter at the farm and the late Albert Gates, who collected the Teal paintings beginning in the 1960s.

Laura Rice received an MA in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Maryland Historical Society, Curator of the Clymer Museum of Art, Educator at the Kent Delord House, and has been at the Adirondack Museum since 2003 where she is now Chief Curator.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Folwell, author of Short Carries: Essays from Adirondack Life and expert in all things Adirondack, has anchored Adirondack Life for almost 30 years, winning countless awards for her vivid and insightful prose. A longtime Blue Mountain Laker, Betsy’s latest endeavor (along with her husband, Tom Warrington), is restoring the 1946 diner on Route 30 known as the Blueliner, opening date TBD.

February 24, 1:30pm: Night Moves: Natural History of Adirondack Flying Squirrels with Charlotte Demers

Although seldom seen, two species of flying squirrel inhabit that Adirondack Park. Both play an important role in our ecosystem, but the occurrence of one species can be a great detriment to the survival of the other. Learn about these beautiful nocturnal critters and the on-going research at the ESF Newcomb Campus that helps scientist understand how climate change may be impacting the health of their populations.

Charlotte Demers has worked as a biologist at the Newcomb Campus of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) for over 30 years. She is responsible for collecting and maintaining databases associated with the long-term research. Her primary research interest revolves around small mammals and their importance in forested ecosystems. She manages the Adirondack Interpretive Center, the outreach facility of ESF’s Newcomb Campus
http://www.esf.edu/newcomb/ https://www.facebook.com/ESFNewcombCampus/

March 10, 1:30pm: Adirondack Life’s Our Towns with Elizabeth Folwell and Niki Kourofsky

For the award-winning magazine’s 50th year, Adirondack Life compiled decades of its popular back-page Our Towns vignettes into a volume packed with quirky characters and colorful tales—including the strange case of a judge who lost his chance to serve in the Lincoln administration by admitting to beyond-the-grave chats with Sir Francis Bacon; where you can find Moan and Groan Acres—that is, if jokesters haven’t stolen the sign again; the lakeside community that borrowed its name from a 19th-century mystery novel; and where an intrepid hydrogen-balloon pilot landed after a sleepless 350-mile journey. Explore those stories and more as Adirondack Life’s editor-at-large Elizabeth Folwell and senior editor Niki Kourofsky delve into the park’s fascinating human landscape.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Folwell, author of Short Carries: Essays from Adirondack Life and expert in all things Adirondack, has anchored Adirondack Life for almost 30 years, winning countless awards for her vivid and insightful prose. A longtime Blue Mountain Laker, Betsy’s latest endeavor (along with her husband, Tom Warrington), is restoring the 1946 diner on Route 30 known as the Blueliner, opening date TBD.

Niki Kourofsky, author of Adirondack Outlaws: Bad Boys and Lawless Ladies, has worked at Adirondack Life for a decade. Her articles “Grass Roots,” “Frontier Town,” and “Valentino and Me” have won gold, silver and bronze, respectively, from the International Regional Magazine Association. Niki’s Adirondack roots run generations deep, grounded in the ore sand of the one-time mining community of Lyon Mountain.

March 24, 1:30pm: “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi

John Taibi shares the story of a World War II G.I. who has returned to America after having been held captive as a prisoner-of-war by the German Army. Upon arriving home, he was reunited with his wife of hardly a year, and the United States Army sent them both to The Club in Lake Placid for rest and relaxation following his P.O.W. deprivations and her constant worry about the welfare of her husband. To reach The Club, Sgt. and Mrs. John S. Taibi – my father and mother, along with many other former P.O.W.s and their spouses – traveled by railroad on a New York Central train through the heart of Adirondack Park to reach their destination. This would be their only transit of, and visit to, the Park. What they saw along their way, what they did while at Lake Placid, and their adjustment to normal life post- Sgt. Taibi’s honorable discharge, are subjects for examination by this presentation. This is a poignant, emotional, and wonderful story that may require a tissue or two to dry tears of love and happiness from an eye of those in the audience, possibly even the presenter. Yet, it is a previously untold story of how many former P.O.W.s were aided by the military in their return to private life following months – or years – of captivity. The railroad, the Park, and the Army made it all possible for husbands and wives of the greatest generation to live satisfactory , productive, and happy lives after they withstood the rigors of a war fought over the horizon in Europe.

John Taibi is a native Long Islander who has been residing in central New York since 1994. He and his wife, Barbara, live in a restored New York, Ontario & Western Railway depot in Munnsville that is his base of operations for researching and writing about the region’s railroad history, environment, and legacy. He is the author of thirteen full-length books and one hundred-fifteen short stories that deal with a variety of railroad subjects. John is presently researching the Adirondack Region for a 4-volume series of books about the New York Central’s Adirondack Division. Previous to his coming to upstate New York, he was a photographer whose work appeared in numerous books and magazine articles. In addition to being an author, photographer, railroad environmentalist and archeologist, he is also a popular speaker for historical societies, civic organizations, church groups, and museums. He likes to say that his programs are factual and informative and are presented in an entertaining fashion.

April 7, 1:30pm: Fools Rushed In: W.H.H. Murray’s Adventures in the Wilderness, 150 Years Later with Ivy Gocker

In 1869, Boston-based clergyman and author William Henry Harrison Murray published a collection of advice and anecdotes on his camping trips to a then little-known region – the Adirondacks. The volume, Adventures in the Wilderness; or, Camp-Life in the Adirondacks would launch a thousand camping trips, inspiring hordes of untested city folk to try their hand at “roughing it” in the Adirondack wilds. Known as Murray’s Fools, these adventure-seekers flooded the region, spurring the growth of a tourism industry that would change the Adirondacks forever. Adirondack Experience Library Director Ivy Gocker will explore the impact of Murray’s influential guidebook as well as the life of Murray himself, based in large part on the ADKX’s own collection of correspondence, publications, and scrapbooks from Murray and his family.

Ivy Gocker has been Library Director at the Adirondack Experience since the fall of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for nine years at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York City, spending her last six in the library’s local history department, the Brooklyn Collection. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute.

Plus special Murray’s Fools Distilling Co tasting in Visitor Center. More info. at THEADKX.ORG