Monday Evening Xploration Series

Mondays at 7:00pm | July 12–August 16

Join us from the comfort of your own home for our Monday Evening Xplorations. Dive into the world of Mohawk artists Carla and Babe Hemlock and the creative team behind the museum’s Artists Inspiration in the Wild permanent exhibition; meet authors confronting contemporary environmental and social issues; and consider the history of healing in the ADK—from those who have come to the region to heal after wartime trauma to those providing care in rural communities today. All programs are FREE.

Each requires a separate registration. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation with the link to the program.

Missed one? Recordings will be available below after each live program.

Previous Monday Evening Xploration Events

Coming Soon to the ADKX: Artists & Inspiration in the Wild

Monday, August 16, 2021 | 7:00 pm

In 2023, the Adirondack Experience will open its latest permanent exhibition, Artists & Inspiration in the Wild. Join us for a sneak peek and meet the creative team bringing the museum’s fine and decorative art collections into a new home, the first dedicated space for these works. Once opened, Artists & Inspiration will show how the natural features of the Adirondacks have inspired the creative work of artists and artisans over hundreds of years. The new galleries will offer a blend of rich and diverse works from the ADKX vaults with contemporary interactive media, all in an enriching, immersive exhibit experience. Come see!

About the Speakers

Greg Matty is a Project Executive and Designer Director at Gallagher & Associates, specializing in Exhibition Design and Museum Planning. His extensive experience spans over 35 years and includes projects ranging from science centers and natural science museums to highly articulated interactive cultural and historical facilities. He is a licensed architect, LEED AP certified, and has worked in architectural firms in Dallas, Texas, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California. He has also taught design courses at several colleges and universities including the University of California at Berkeley, Catholic University and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Matty received his Masters of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and his Bachelors of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute University.

Sara Smith, Producer and Project Manager at Richard Lewis Media Group, is a deep believer in the value of museums as spaces for collections, stories, and social engagement. She brings to the work her love of the outdoors based on a childhood spent hiking, skiing, and boating in the great woods of the Pacific Northwest. Sara has a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University, studying Navajo textiles, and a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington where she studied Nigerian art. Previous to joining RLMG, Sara was the Director of Exhibit Development at Amaze Design, Inc., and prior to that position she had ten years of curatorial experience in art and cultural history museums.

Exploring the History of Adirondack Prisons

Monday, August 9, 2021 | 7:00 pm

Jeff Hall will introduce the main themes and argument of his recently published book A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, showing how the environment played a pivotal role in the planning, construction, and operation of correctional facilities in five Adirondack communities: Dannemora, Ray Brook, Gabriels, Lyon Mountain, and Tupper Lake.

About the Speaker

Clarence Jefferson (Jeff) Hall grew up near Plattsburgh and is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Queensborough Community College/CUNY, where he teaches courses in US History, New York History, and Environmental History. His research investigates the intersection of environmental politics and incarceration in the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. His first book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country, examines the growth of prisons in the Adirondacks from the 1840s through the 1990s through the lens of environmental history.

From House Calls to Mobile Health: What the Adirondacks Can Teach Us About the Future of Rural Health Care

Monday, August 2, 2021 | 7:00 pm

The story of health care in the Adirondacks is intertwined with our communities. Hudson Headwaters Health Network CEO Tucker Slingerland, MD and Founder John Rugge, MD will discuss rural health care by drawing on the Network’s 40+ years of experience providing primary care throughout the Adirondacks. This program will highlight the partnerships, people, and policies that have helped to shape these issues locally and explore the future of health care in the rural Adirondack region. This program will be moderated by Thom Hallock of Mountain Lake PBS.

About the Speakers

John Rugge is a family physician, Founding CEO, and now Executive Chairman of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

The story began with John coming to the Adirondacks in 1974 to finish writing a book on wilderness canoeing and then making a six-month commitment to practice in Chestertown before returning to Albany.  During that interval, an entire generation of solo GPs began departing the area….so leaving didn’t feel right. Thanks to amazing local support and a remarkable, dedicated staff, one community health center after another came to be established with the network becoming a national model for the delivery of primary care in a rural area.

Along the way, John has also served as an active health policy advisor with participation on 30-plus advisory boards and regulatory councils in Albany and Washington. Through it all, the combination of paddling, practicing, and system building has represented for him a true “Adirondack experience.”

Tucker Slingerland, MD, is a family physician at Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a federally Qualified Health Center in northeastern New York serving more than 1,000 patients each day. Dr. Slingerland joined Hudson Headwaters in 2008 after completing a family medicine residency at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Originally from Johnstown, NY, Dr. Slingerland attended Williams College and St. George’s School of Medicine.

As part of his primary care practice at Hudson Headwaters, Dr. Slingerland provides clinical instruction to third-year Albany Medical School and University of Vermont clerkships. In 2014 Dr. Slingerland received the CHCANYS Jack Geiger, MD Award for outstanding clinical services. He has been deeply involved in Hudson Headwaters’ transformation to the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.

In 2014, Dr. Slingerland joined Hudson Headwaters’ leadership team as Vice President of Strategy, and in 2016 was named Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In July 2017 Dr. Slingerland became Hudson Headwaters’ new CEO, following in the footsteps of founding CEO John Rugge MD.

STAND: An Evening with Author, Activist, Filmmaker, and Former Professional Athlete Kathryn Bertine

Monday, July 26, 2021 | 7:00 pm

What really happens when we stand on the front lines of change? Join us for an in-depth discussion with author, activist, filmmaker and former professional athlete Kathryn Bertine as she shares her story of activism in lobbying for women’s inclusion at the Tour de France. With honesty, vulnerability, history, humor, and irreverence, STAND delivers a poignant message to people from all walks of life: We all have the power to create change. When we do it right, the struggle is worth the journey.

About the Speaker

Kathryn Bertine is an author, retired professional athlete, activist, and documentary filmmaker. During her pro cycling career, she was a three-time Caribbean Champion and raced five years on the World Tour circuit. She has authored four nonfiction books and produced the award-winning documentary HALF THE ROAD: The passion pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling. Her latest book, STAND: A memoir on activism. A manual for progress was released in February 2021. Kathryn is a third-generation Adirondack landowner and has a family camp in Old Forge.

*NOTE: The audio for this video was recorded at two levels. You may need to adjust your audio settings.

Wartime Recovery in the Adirondacks

Monday, July 12, 2021 | 7:00 pm

In honor of this season’s exhibition From Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II, the museum is kicking off its summer Monday Evening Xploration series with a panel discussion on veterans’ recovery after wartime duty—not just in the aftermath of WWII but after more recent conflicts as well. The Adirondacks have long been cherished as a place of healing, and after the horrors of war, this area’s restorative qualities play an even more critical role. The panel will explore the homecoming experiences of WWII soldiers from the Adirondacks; today’s Wounded Warriors and women veterans who look to the region for its therapeutic potential; and the support given to current active duty military serving at the nearby US Army base Ft. Drum.

About the Speaker

Zach Collins, PhD has been working with active duty soldiers at Ft Drum, NY for the past 10 years. He currently serves as the Team Leader of the Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic for the Second Brigade Combat Team, Tenth Mountain Division (Light Infantry). Dr. Collins specializes in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Relationship issues. He earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Binghamton University in 2008 and completed his clinical internship year at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. He also has a strong interests in military history, leadership development, and performance improvement.

Helen Demong grew up in an Army family and learned firsthand some of the challenges men and women who serve in the military experience. Graduating from the Crane School of Music in 1976, she has brought music to the lives of countless students and families in Saranac Lake as Music Educator and Choir Director.  Her professional philosophy has been to be a teacher and her vehicle has been music. Helen has experience working with a cross section of people from all walks of life.  For the last twelve years, she has been working with Creative Healing Connections specifically facilitating Adirondack Arts Retreats for women who have served in the military and women surviving chronic illness. She has found music and the arts can be a powerful source of inner joy, peace, and healing.

Daniel Way, MD, a native of Glens Falls, New York, practiced rural family medicine in the Adirondack Park for thirty-seven years as a member of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network. Dr. Way is also a noted photographer and author, having published three books of illustrated patient vignettes that venerate the doctor-patient relationship and describes the joys and frustrations of practicing rural primary care in Upstate New York’s Adirondack Park. His father Donald Way was a sergeant in the Army Corps of Engineers on Guam during WWII, where he helped produce bombing maps for General Curtis Lemay’s 20th Air Force.

Tom Williams, of Hudson, NY, is a marketing professional and entrepreneur working with clients in upstate New York and throughout the Northeast. He is a lifelong outdoorsman, Eagle Scout, licensed guide, and currently serves on the NYS DEC Conservation Fund Advisory Board. His military connections started with his father who served in the US Navy during the Second World War. He has been a supporter of Wounded Warrior Project programs along with fundraising efforts for other veterans’ causes in New York State. He and his wife Karen were instrumental in the development and hosting of a series of unique North Country events for veterans called the “Adirondack Adventure”.

(NOTE: This video contains a portion of the evening presentations. We apologize that we were unable to include the full program.)